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Friday, March 1, 2019

The dolphins are dopers

This sounds like something that would have been included in Illuminatus! if only Shea and Wilson had known about it at the time: "Dolphins Seem to Use Toxic Pufferfish to Get High." 

Not only that, but it sounds like passing a joint: "The dolphins were filmed gently playing with the puffer, passing it between each other for 20 to 30 minutes at a time ... "

From Smithsonian magazine, hat tip John  Merritt, and it gives me an excuse to reprint, after awhile, the artwork Bobby Campbell created for the Illuminatus! reading group.


Dustin said...

Last Friday after a discussion about the ethics of Sea World while at work, I encountered coincidence involving dolphins within the first hour of getting home. Minutes later, I walked into my bathroom to find my wife hung a rarely used towel with dolphins on it. My response was to move into synchronicity territory and to foster it by reading an essay on John Lilly and his research from 1953-1963. After looking up dolphin symbolism and how it links with multidimensional intelligence I was ready to stop before I started believing my own joke. However, I will always remember the day as the day I received an invitation to be initiated into the Order of the Dolphin.

Dustin said...

I misquoted the years of Lilly's research, it was conducted from 1958-1968 in an essay by D. Graham Burnett in the book Groovey Science.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

Well, I'm glad I was able to keep up your new tradition of "Dolphin Friday," Dustin! You must be wondering what will happen next Friday.