Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Absinthe's Mind-Altering Mystery Solved - Yahoo! News

Absinthe's Mind-Altering Mystery Solved - Yahoo! News: "An analysis of century-old bottles of absinthe - the kind once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to enhance their creativity - may end the controversy over what ingredient caused the green liqueur's supposed mind-altering effects.The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof kick. In comparison, most gins, vodkas and whiskeys are just 80- to 100-proof."
So this elixir of the gods that has inspired ze grande artistes is basically the French version of Everclear? That's not very romantic. That means people are as creative at frat house toga parties as they were in the salons of 19th century Paris.

I'm telling you, these scientists are taking the fun out of everything.

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