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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:57 am 
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The following comes from the book De tabak en Het Rooken. Ernst en scherts uit de cultuurgeschiedenis, an originally German book on tobacco and smoking, by Hermann Pilz. It was released in 1900. I'm busy reading and translating the chapter on health and tobacco, and it's hilarious. However, as this copy is a paperback edition, well: all pages were printed on a large sheet of paper, that was then folded and sewn together. As a result, most top pages of this book are stuck together. Reading it is very hard as a result.

Translation by YT. The original translation contains a lot of annoying word repetitions and some ungrammatical phrases, which is why they appear in the following text.

Pros and cons of using tobacco - Hygiene of smoking.

Why do we smoke? Why do we sniff? Why do we chew tobacco? the tobacco must be good for everything. An oriental prince who wanted a certain answer to these questions, came to the conclusion that tobacco is good for anything. The sick smoke to become healthy, the healthy to keep his health, the sad to get in a better mood, the cheery to augment his cheer, the rich to chase off boredom, the poor to forget his sad fate. For all, tobacco is a welcome solace-bearer in the battle of life. It is certain that tobacco was originally only used as medicine. And in these days, tobacco is still believed to have healing powers.

When the French ambassador in Lisbon gave the first tobacco plants to Queen Catharina de Medici and in his honor the oxygen-free alcaloid of the tobacco was named "nicotin", C10H14N2, there were immediately a number of French doctors who wanted to perform miraculous healing with the tobacco, and the English and German doctors would soon follow them.


...More to come...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:14 am 
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you speak-ah mah language:
absolut kindness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORC8YSS1WrI
never mind this is terribly oxymoronic

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:36 am 
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The chapter I wanted to post here was longer than I thought, so here it is in HTML:
http://bonny.ploeg.ws/tabak.html.

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In the English magazine "Young Man", several doctors who are in favour of moderacy, are in favour of smoking enjoyment. Dr. Norman Kerr states that he would be moving against science and truth if he claimed that smoking tobacco is necessarily disadvantegeous.The tobacco possesses other virtues, like desinfecting properties. "When I would have to go to a hospital, I would always smoke. The tobacco smoke destroys both cholera microbes and those that cause pneumonia." The fight of the colic through tobacco smoke, particularly in animals, is a well-known home remedy. The smoke works stimulating on the intestine and enhances the peristalsis. That is the name of the worm-like movement of the muscle fibers in the intestine, causing the fecal matter to be slowly pushed away. The tobacco smoke is made with a regular pipe and is blown via an oil-lubricated rubber hose into the rectum. As soon as the pear-shaped disappearance of the same is filled with smoke, this soom re-appears by itself and a short time after is followed by the relief of smoke and feces. Colic, along with rebellious cases of ostipation with horses, cattle and sheep, are being quickly cured by tobacco smoke.

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"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."

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Y'know, there's some truth to that. :wink:

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From "L'Art d'Être Aimée" by Dominique LeBourg:
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Bluestocking or Blue Flower?
We must face the fact with resignation and we usually have to choose: Men never appreciated learned women. If you have diplomas, if you are an “intellectual”, if your spirit is curious and cultivated, it will take infinite grace and modesty to excuse yourself from these suspicious qualities. Men would rather raise a shrine for you than treat you as equals.
So be feminine. Don't be a feminist. So that your intelligence develops your finesse and your intuition. Don't put your ambition to knowing everything, but to understanding everything; not to discuss everything, but to listen to all: your name as spirited woman will soon be established.
If you still want to let your dear opinion triumph, be so kind to pretend your idea was posed by the speaker earlier: “Dear friend, you just said something right that struck me...” The “dear friend” will certainly not remember these words, but he'll be enchanted by your candid flattery. And if he has to recognize that you are right, make him forget it by a very small knowing smile.

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MentalTossFlycoon wrote:
"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."

-Brooke Shields

Is Brooke Shields related to Yogi Berra?


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BBP wrote:
As a result, most top pages of this book are stuck together. Reading it is very hard as a result.


:shock: :roll:

That's what paper knives are for :mrgreen:

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[regarding then-President George W. Bush] "Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and should just support that, you know, and, um, be faithful in what happens." - Britney Spears

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