"you've dosed your monkey, haven't you?"

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43 Responses:

  1. wfaulk says:

    Perhaps this goes without saying, but that cat is having one seriously bad trip.

    • strspn says:

      No way to say for sure -- maybe they just gave it an absurdly large dose, which would be easily possible in the later 1950s; maybe it is having fun. It didn't seem aggressive or angry when picked up. Note the tranq pen which the handler discards after the first touch.

      I'm going to guess it's trying to swim because the tactile feedback seems fluid to it.

      • autodidactic says:

        "Honey what did you do today at work?"

        "Oh, I handled a tripping tabby..."

        BEST JOB EVAR.

      • Given that the twitching looked like a very severe version of the muscle tension that's part of acid's body load, I imagine the cat was having a very bad time.

        • strspn says:

          While cramping is occasionally reported, "muscle tension" is not part of LSD's "body load." Malleson (1971), Cohen (1960). Peripheral spasms are certainly not, at least not in humans. Perhaps you are thinking of the amphetamine MDMA, commonly known as "ecstasy," which will do that, and double heart rate to boot?

          I stand by my interpretation of a reaction to unfamiliar sensation.

          • I can speak from personal experience with drug users that taking acid is indeed associated with muscle tension. I'm aware that this does not seem to occur with professionally-made, pure LSD. However, I am also certain that what the people in question were taking was LSD or a closely related chemical, and certainly not MDMA or any kind of amphetamine. Possible explanations include various adulterants, or byproducts of synthesis in conditions other than those used by legal LSD manufacturers.

            • astatine210 says:

              One thing picked up from my Chemistry degree that didn't get washed away by years of gleeful boozing is the following:

              The synthesis of many drugs uses strychnine or brucine as resolving agents to split the products into their "left-handed" and "right-handed" forms. Having used them, it's not easy to completely eliminate traces of the resolving agent from the final batch - and as you can imagine, that job's usually not done with quite the same care and attention in an illegal drug lab as in a well-stocked pharmaceutical company. The end result is that there's often enough traces of strychnine or brucine in synthetic drugs like MDMA or LSD to cause cramping.

              (The Organic Synthesis course used LSD and cocaine as its two main examples, on the grounds that students were more likely to pay attention to something that looked a bit naughty)

              • Interesting! I'd heard about strychnine as an additive before, but never about what it's for. I also didn't know LSD was a chiral molecule. Do you happen to know what the other isomer(s) do?

  2. down8 says:

    That was amazingly insane.

    -bZj

  3. autodidactic says:

    The cat's only thoughts are: "I'VE GOT TO WARN THE MOTHERSHIP! RED ALERT! RED ALERT! JUST WANT TO STOP HUMPING LONG ENOUGH... TO ... TELL... THEM... ALLLLLLLLL..."

  4. solarbird says:

    Confusacat apparently goes back further than I thought.

  5. kraquehaus says:

    And I thought putting Scotch tape on a cat's paws and letting it loose on a smooth floor was good.

  6. ivorjawa says:

    I've always presumed that cats actually produce LSD in their brains as a natural hormone.
    That video doesn't appear to disprove my theory.

    I mean, really. My cats are acting like that at 5 every morning anyway.

  7. 33mhz says:

    I kind of felt like that when I tried taking caffeine pills once. I ended up vomicking bottled water and crackers all over the back of my van.

    • alexjon says:

      pix or it didn't happen

      • 33mhz says:

        I took a lot of pictures on that trip, but I didn't bother documenting that particular experience. (I really kinda should've, though.)

        • alexjon says:

          There are old polaroids of my aunt's bathroom completely fatal framed by that Stop 'n Go (became Diamond Shamrock and used to be 7-11!) Big Red analog. I stayed up all night playing Sonic 2 and only drinking that stuff. Then puked it all up all over the walls and sink and floor and tub and mirror and tampon cozy and window.

  8. omni_ferret says:

    Do you have a preferred method to tell you about flakiness? The connection's just dropping repeatedly today.

  9. paul_c says:

    there really is no limit to the cruelty of man, is there ?

    P.

  10. cessibaby says:

    again with the torturing animals shit.
    (please refrain from telling me i need to lighten up, etc etc)

    • jwz says:

      You did notice that the date on the video was 49 years ago, right?

      It was all of: horrifying, funny, and interesting. If you don't see at least two of those, what are you doing here?

    • strspn says:

      My personal opinion is that is the least-tortured, as well as the least not-tortured feline which I have ever seen. It is surprised, and only mildly afraid. It is probably confused, and probably lived normally for about the life expectancy of such a cat. Ohio is a great place for cats. I doubt the cat even had flashbacks. Let's write to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and find out. I suspect a lot of the people around there know a lot about what happened to that cat.

  11. chaoskitty says:

    This is a dosed monkey

    • andrewducker says:

      And the similarity in behaviour indicates to me that both the cat and the monkey are desperately trying to hang onto the floor until it bloody well stops moving.

    • 33mhz says:

      That was way cuter than I expected. He looked a little confused but really mellow.

  12. pyrop says:

    Why the heck is the soundtrack a bad In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida cover and some guy talking about Pynchon?

  13. korgmeister says:

    Why, oh why are cats such hilarious animals?

  14. babasyzygy says:

    Always mount a scratch cat.

  15. kimberley66 says:

    Poor kitty. . .I wonder how much they dosed it with. . .