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Zombies, Implants, and Hallucinogen's, oh my! [Apr. 6th, 2008|09:45 am]
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Clairvius Narcisse was a Haitian man said to have been turned into a living zombie with the use of a combination of drugs. His case attracted considerable interest and some scientific investigation at the time.
-- Directly thieved from Wikipedia. :)
According to reports, Clairvius was poisoned with a mixture of various natural poisons to simulate death. The instigator of the poisoning was alleged to be his brother, with whom he had quarreled over land.[1] After his "death" and subsequent burial on May 2, 1962, his body was recovered and he was given a paste made from datura which at certain doses has a hallucinogenic effect and can cause memory loss. His new 'master', a bokor (sorcerer), then forced him, alongside many other zombie slaves, to work on a sugar plantation until the master's death in 1964. When the bokor died, and regular doses of the hallucinogen ceased, he eventually regained sanity (unlike many others who had suffered brain damage from being buried alive) and returned to his family after some time, though only after finding his brother had died. [1]
Narcisse's story was popularized in the book The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis, who is currently an "explorer in residence" for National Geographic. Although many are critical and suspicious of Mr. Davis' work, since his morals, as detailed in the book, prevented the necessary scientific experiments to prove his hypothesis that Clairvius Narcisse was drugged with a neurotoxin that simulates death, it is scientifically possible. The poison apparently used was derived from the puffer fish, which produces a well known and highly documented neurotoxin (tetrodotoxin) that produces paralysis and in modified form can mimic death through reduced metabolism and heart rate. The secretions of the poisonous cane toad Bufo marinus were apparently used as an anaesthetic companion drug, while the resuscitating, mind-controlling drug was said to be made from the weed Datura stramonium

And your vid of the day:
http://www.glumbert.com/media/valleyball

Kinda ridiculous. lol. Slightly not safe for work.
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From: sleepygirl18
2008-04-06 03:04 pm (UTC)
I wonder if that is even possible. Weird.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 03:05 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I watched bits and pieces of a special dedicated to him. There were some sceptics, but ti all seemed pretty legit--if freaky.
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2008-04-06 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'd watched a thing on national geographic about that fellow. I don't doubt it's possible, I mean the concept seems stable enough, and there's plenty of stuff that'll make you look dead but not kill you. at least he didn't return home to eat his family's brains.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 03:24 pm (UTC)
Enod* Exactly. I think we saw the same thing. wasn't it interesting, and sad how he's ostracized by his community and now allowed to make a living?
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[User Picture]From: johnnydaysafter
2008-04-06 04:30 pm (UTC)
That video was great.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it? lol
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[User Picture]From: allcyon
2008-04-06 04:50 pm (UTC)
LOL! We live down the street from Valley Ball! That's freaking hilarious! And kinda creepy...

This is why we don't watch TV.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 04:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! Awesome!!!! Ever been inside? :)
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[User Picture]From: sczrhands
2008-04-06 07:16 pm (UTC)
I've heard of several cases where people have been drugged and preceved as zombies. The drugs normally do permant dammage when administered for long periods of time. But ocassionally people return to normal after the drugs wear off. Though it is not uncommon for them to be rejected by there families if they try to return. Most of there familes believe they died and black magic was used to bring them back.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 07:18 pm (UTC)
*nod* It's a really sad situation. :(
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2008-04-06 07:31 pm (UTC)
"slightly" NSFW!? :-)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 07:40 pm (UTC)
Well there's no actual nudity. :)
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[User Picture]From: watergal
2008-04-06 08:28 pm (UTC)
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis

I was fascinated by that book, although it as much as it delves into voodoo culture, it gives the short shrift to the influence of suggestion/mob psychology/expectation etc. on physiology. I don't know if that was because if his botany/pharmacology background, or present the events as more exotic.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check it out. It sounds really fascinating.
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[User Picture]From: peace_piper
2008-04-06 09:45 pm (UTC)
Something tells me this is what someone did to jesus.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 09:56 pm (UTC)
Interesting theory. :)
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[User Picture]From: silvergloss
2008-04-06 11:04 pm (UTC)
I would love to see if they could actually prove that "zombie" state in an actual scientific study.. Ah, but it might be kind of hard to get volunteers to participate in a study like that... ^^;;
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-06 11:54 pm (UTC)
lol, riiight?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-07 04:45 pm (UTC)
LOL, right? :)
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[User Picture]From: greenraven
2008-04-07 05:49 pm (UTC)
can I admit my first response was mmmmmm..... brains.... :D
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-07 05:52 pm (UTC)
LOL. Absolutely. ;)
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