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Mellow Yellow (04/03)

Do they call this Mellow Yellow?

Do they call this Mellow Yellow?

From a 1967 article in TIME:

Current smokes include almost anything from the supermarket spice and herb shelves plus dried hydrangea leaves, chlorine-soaked lettuce, and green peppers (aged until rotten, then used as a bulbous cigarette filter). But far and away the biggest new fad is tripping on banana peels.

Delicious Legality. The kick is known to hippies as “electrical bananas” or “mellow yellow.”* Banana-heads scrape the white fibers from the inside of the peels, boil the scrapings into a paste, which is then baked. The dark brown ash that results is smoked in hand-rolled cigarette “joints” or in pipes, tastes vaguely like a burning compost heap.

Most people who have tried mellow yellow do not try it again. The reason is simple: lots of work for little, if any, high. But banana-heads find the craze appealing, largely because of its delicious legality.

But do bananas really work? The best that chemists can suggest is that bananas contain serotonin, a neurochemical that is closely related to such potent mind-benders as psilocybin and dimethyl tryptamine, and which just might, under combustion, trigger genuine physiological effects. It is far more likely that any high produced by bananas is imaginary, another indication that, given a receptive state of mind, it is possible to turn on with practically anything—or virtually nothing.

* From British Folk-Rock Singer Donovan’s Mellow Yellow: “Electrical banana is gonna be a sudden craze. Electrical banana is bound to be the very next phase. They call it mellow yellow (quite rightly) . . .” Donovan insists that his song has no hidden meaning, but seekers found one anyway.

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TASER (02/22)

I have always known what a TASER stun gun was, but never really considered what TASER stood for.

I was browsing through the latest edition of Time Magazine and found out where Jack Cover, the aerospace scientist who invented the Taser stun gun got the name. Are you ready?

Victor Appleton's Tom Swift series.

Victor Appleton's Tom Swift series.

Originally the invention went by the acronym T.S.E.R (Thomas Swift Electric Rifle).

“Adding the “A,” he explained to The Washington Post in 1976, “because we got tired of answering the phone ‘T.S.E.R.’ ”

Jack Cover Came up with the idea for a nonlethal weapon for use in law enforcement in the 1960s as a response to the emergencies in the news, including airplane highjackings.

The scientific inspiration, Ms. Cover said, was a newspaper article about a man who had inadvertently walked into an electrified fence and survived, though he was temporarily immobilized.

“When he read that had happened, he knew an electric current could be used without danger,” Ms. Cover said.

Sadly, Jack Cover passed away on February 7 at the age of 88.

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