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Skara Brae = Psychedelic

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If you had a time machine, and you traveled the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Scotland, you would likely enter a world that invented psychedelia approx. 5,000 years before the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane. According to Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately:

Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol

Pottery jars with a capacity of up to thirty gallons have been found in several dwellings, and the analysis of a greenish slime in the bottom of one such vessel confirms that it held an alcoholic beverage made from barley and oats, which had been flavored with meadowsweet and spiced up with deadly nightshade, henbane, and hemlock. These last additives are hallucinogenic, and lethal in the right quantities. Henbane induces blurred vision, dilated pupils, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, euphoria, and hallucinations in very small doses; hemlock is best know [sic] as a neurotoxin that paralyzes before it kills; and deadly nightshade, three juicy berries of which can be fatal, speeds the pulse and give its consumer the sensations of flight.

Surge Soda

Sensations of flight, rapid heartbeat, speeds the pulse? Does anyone else remember Surge, cause I remember it doing all that and more.

I’m pretty sure I can find deadly nightshade, henbane, and hemlock, in the surrounding yard of Mutineer HQ, and in the name of history I’m trying to convince the other Mutineer editors to recreate this ancient beverage using Nesquik Strawberry Milk as a base, but unfortunately they don’t share my vision, though I think I’m going to go make some strawberry milk anyways and call it a draw.


  1. Lisa | Saturday, January 3, 2009

    It’s about time you guys gave some love for strawberry milk!

  2. Alan | Saturday, January 3, 2009

    I agree. It’s milk, it’s strawberries, it’s awesome!

  3. Chuck P. | Sunday, January 4, 2009

    Some Native American groups used Datura, a member of the nightshade family, for vision quests. Unfortunately many of the users die from ingesting this hallucinogenic substance so maybe you should just stick to the strawberry milk, its only slightly poisonous.

  4. Kenny W. | Sunday, August 30, 2009

    I liked reading your blog…keep up the good work.

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