I-A-B Book Club Reading Pick Of The Week #7 [Pic]

Submitted by: f0rk0 5 years ago Weird

Someone figure out where this passage came from, STAT!
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Male 47
What purpose does the "Potatoes" face serve here?
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Male 45
Angilion, I am glad that you can read and can use Google. Your posts were filled with information.

And your attitude confirms that you`re an insufferable know-it-all.
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Female 4,349
pah. i already knew that...
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Male 12,365
[quote]I knew all of it, except the date of the black death.[/quote]

Which I got wrong :)

It was 1348-1350 in Britain, not 1347-49.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Angilion always has to act like a drating know it all. Something tells me that you probably have no friends.[/quote]

Don`t expect me to pretend to be as ignorant as you are in order to win your approval. I didn`t do that with kids at school and I`m certainly not going to do it with you now. I don`t want, need or care in the slightest about your approval.

If it pains you to read the brief posts I pop out in a few minutes of typing, don`t read them. There`s nothing on this website that you need to know. It`s purely for entertainment. Which is also why I read and write.
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Male 12,365
I may search online for details. If I`m going to post anything, I don`t like to post patchy bits of it. If I think what I know is too patchy, I`ll look some stuff up to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. But that`s what I would have done anyway, because it`s what I`ve been doing since I was a little boy.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Some of us appreciate Angilion and his heavily informative comments.

I suspect he googles half the stuff[/quote]

I`ve been reading a great deal for 40 years. I can cheerfully spend hours every day reading. I don`t watch TV. I read. I read fiction in almost any genre, I read history, I read science, I read the signs passing by on buses in the street, I read the ingredients lists on food packaging...I read everything. I grew up in a house with thousands of books (literally - all the walls on all 3 floors were covered in bookshelves). My earliest memories are of reading books. The written word is magic - the thoughts of someone who isn`t there appear in my mind. Even people who`ve been dead for centuries. The written word is a wonder!

Spend tens of thousands of hours reading widely and you`re bound to retain a fair bit of knowledge about a variety of things.
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Male 485
I read this for my environmental class!
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Male 1,610
[quote]I suspect he googles half the stuff[/quote]

Does it matter where he gets it?
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Male 197
Food of the Gods, Terrence McKenna? That`s where I read about this.
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Male 249
Dildos and DMT on the same page... wow
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Male 594
R.O.F.L.
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Male 4,793
Woah... this explains the whole `riding broomsticks` thing and it also explains smelly vaginas! (I can only assume that concoction would be beyond smelly...)
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Male 1,045
The Botany of Desire.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Some of us appreciate Angilion and his heavily informative comments. [/quote]
I suspect he googles half the stuff, although his last comment seems pretty common. I knew all of it, except the date of the black death.

Anywhoo, the passage was refreshingly vulgar, thanks!
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Male 14,775
I have this vision of Harry Potter playing quidditch with his broomstick and a golden ball. It`s a vision that Gerry might appreciate...
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Male 3,745
i have the weirdest boner...
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Male 1,610
[quote]Angilion always has to act like a drating know it all.[/quote]

Some of us appreciate Angilion and his heavily informative comments. Just because someone spews knowledge doesn`t mean they`re a know-it-all. Well, maybe it does, but it might also mean that they`re genuinely interested and/or want to help by spreading the wealth.
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Male 5,194
You guys didn`t know this? Kids, sheesh.
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Male 450
@dixxyRarr do you happen to live in chicago because im off on tuesdays
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Male 510
Angilion always has to act like a drating know it all. Something tells me that you probably have no friends.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Sounds great! Everything was better before. This sounds like a fantastic place. I would hang out with witches all day long, if I lived here.[/quote]

You could have been a witch yourself. They weren`t all women. Most, but not all.

But it was far from the fantastic life you think it was. You`d probably bury at least a couple of your children (infant and childhood mortality rates were horrendous). Or maybe they`d all die of one of the many diseases that could be cured today. Plagues were a constant threat. The Death of 1347-9 was the worst, but far from the only one. Or maybe you`d all die in a famine. Couple of bad harvests and the commoners started dying.

Do you like having clean drinking water? A reasonable expectation of living past 70? Or past 50?

Your standard of living is far higher than that of a king of those times, luxuries beyond his imagining.

Being a commoner back then was not fantastic.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Would that even work? I don`t even think drugs work vaginally.[/quote]

Yes, it would work. A mucous membrane is a very quick way to take some drugs. Snorting cocaine is the most famous, but it`ll work for other drugs and other mucous membranes. Quite a few pyschoactive drugs will even work through your skin, which is far more of a barrier than a mucous membrane.

Whether or not it actually happened is a different question entirely. There`s no clear statement of it before modern claims like this one, only some unclear statements that might refer to it if you want to interpret them that way. Besides, medieval references to witchcraft are hardly the most reliable sources of truth. People probably used recreational drugs of various kinds in pills and potions, but it`s backformed speculation that they used dildoes (or the end of a broom handle, since it`s the right size and shape and every house would have one) as a way to take drugs.
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Male 3,472
"Oh, bother..."
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Female 2,674
This is what I call a Tuesday.
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Female 246
Thats so insanely stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Male 3,894
I had a class on basically the same topic.
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Male 1,249
Reminds me of a great trip report entitled mean person Odyssey: Search for Vaginal Datapoints
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Male 1,511
Is this true?
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Female 513
Yep. Michael Pollan`s "The Botany of Desire."
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Male 559
It was definitely Pollen`s the Botany of Desire.
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Male 270
Ive met real witches and they rode my broomstick.
Damn sight better than the Xians prudes.

Wicca all the way!
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Female 34
Heck yeah that would work. People put vodka tampons up their cootches so pretty sure acid dildos can f.uck you up pretty damn good. straight to the blood stream. damn.
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Male 6,737
Mind: Blown.
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Female 846
perhaps the malleus malificarum (sp?), or "the hammer of witches". idk though, it sounds more modern then that.
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Male 725
The Botany of Desire?
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Female 3,562
Would that even work? I don`t even think drugs work vaginally.
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Male 2,796
The Koran
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Male 1,010
Sounds great! Everything was better before. This sounds like a fantastic place. I would hang out with witches all day long, if I lived here.
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Female 117
i want to be a witch..
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Female 779
This book sounds like a piece of poo.
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Male 67
Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire. Case closed.
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Male 37,890

Well, when you put it like that it sounds great.
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Male 678
Two people beat me to it...ha!
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Male 678


Seriously? Google.The Botany Of Desire
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Male 14
I believe it to be `The Botany of Desire` by Michael Pollan.
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Male 6,227
*The Botany of Desire: A Plant`s-Eye View of the World* by Michael Pollan.
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Female 482
Link: I-A-B Book Club Reading Pick Of The Week #7 [Pic] [Rate Link] - Someone figure out where this passage came from, STAT!
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