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The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends: A Very Trippy Miscellanyby Adriano Sack
You're sitting at a bar with friends, and the conversation hits a lull. Someone excuses herself to get the next round and buy some time. But you don't need it, because you've read The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends and you're loaded with an infinite amount of fascinating trivia and anecdotes that will make you the hit of any party! This book is so engrossing, you'll swear the pages are making you high.
Synopses & Reviews
Curiouser and curiouser — fun and fascinating facts from the world of drugs.
Following in the tradition of The Ultimate Book of Useless Information, The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends is a wry potpourri of interesting information about every conceivable kind of drug. Readers can feed their heads with anecdotes, facts, lists, statistics, and illustrations, including:
The test results of animals on LSD — cats lose their fear of dogs, and goats walk in geometric patterns
Drugs found in nature, from magic mushrooms to St. John's wort to beaver secretions
Celebrities who overdosed at age 27: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, and Jean Michel-Basquiat
Imaginary drugs in literature and film, from spice the mA(c)lange in Dune to Moloko plus in A Clockwork Orange
Nicknames for a joint, from doobie to giggly stick to Mr. Boom Bizzle
The global percentages of adults who have used cannabis: .004 percent in Singapore and 12.6 percent in the United States
The uses of opium in ancient Rome, from treatments for insomnia and epilepsy to colic and deafness
The most glamorous rehab clinics and their celebrity alumni
Mini-biographies of the biggest drug kingpins around the world
Wacky but well-researched, unbiased and shameless, The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends dares to take readers on a long, strange trivia trip.
Book News Annotation:
This volume collects a somewhat odd bunch of materials related to illicit drugs and drug culture. Among the materials included are quotes from LSD advocate Timothy Leary, ratings of the "dumbest" and "glorious" drug movies, instructions on how to roll a marijuana joint, an anecdote about a horse on cocaine, discussion of celebrity drug deaths, a list of songs about cocaine from 1927 to 2007, and a collection of the "most horrific PCP stories," to name a few. Also included are descriptions of the drug histories of 26 "friends" of drugs, almost exclusively celebrities with substance issues. Distributed in the US by Viking Penguin. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Following in the tradition of "The Ultimate Book of Useless Information," this work is a wry potpourri of interesting information about every conceivable kind of drug, providing a long, strange trivia trip.
About the Author
Adriano Sack is a freelance journalist living in New York City.
Ingo Niermann is a writer living in Berlin.
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