Drug culture

Someone actually researched getting birds pissed

I’m surprised this wasn’t funded by Callaghan Innovation, it seems the sort of thing they like funding…or perhaps it is more the Marsden Fund’s bag.

Anyway, someone has actually researched getting birds pissed.

Here was me thinking all it took was a few glasses of bubbles.

Researchers conduct all sorts of strange experiments in the name of science, from studying the slipperiness of banana peels to looking at how dogs orient their bodies when they poop.

And now, in the latest example of strange science, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland got some finches drunk and watched what happened.

Their main finding? Like drunk humans, boozed-up birds slur their “speech.”

For the study, the researchers gave grape juice to one group of zebra finches and an alcoholic juice cocktail to another group. The cocktail-quaffing finches became somewhat inebriated, with blood alcohol levels of 0.05 percent to 0.08 percent, according to NPR. ? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Opium Museum  Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City's Chinatown in 1925.

Photo: Opium Museum
Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City’s Chinatown in 1925.

Opium Dens

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Photo Of The Day

Xray of a heavy drug user with at least 17 broken needles stuck in his neck.

X-ray of a heavy drug user with at least 17 broken needles stuck in his neck.

Broken Needles in the Neck of a Heroin Addict

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New business opportunities for professional victims

Don’t like taking personal responsibility for anything?

McDonalds made you fat?

National made it rain on your caravan?

Then this news item is for you!

Five?inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution are suing national beer and wine companies?for $1 billion, claiming that alcohol was responsible for their crimes.

The civil suit alleges that they were not sufficiently warned about alcohol’s addictive properties.

The inmates, who do not yet have an attorney, drafted the litigation themselves.

It’s a great start.

Next, Tobacco, TV, Playstation, the Internet and Apple.

Keith Allan Brown, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to voluntary manslaughter, filed the suit on Dec. 10, according to the Kansas City Star. The 52-year-old wrote that over the course of his life, he has spent almost 30 years in prison, and that alcohol has “played a major role” in most of the situations that landed him there.

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