Monday, April 20, 2015

Deadly Nigerian disease just alcohol poisoning

By +Brad Naylor

A mysterious illness is sweeping through the Ode-Irele district of Nigeria, killing 18 people so far. The unknown disease kills it's victims within 24 hours without warning. Those who have been struck down complained of dizziness, blurred vision, vomiting, headache, loss of consciousness and then ultimately death.

Ondo. Nigeria
Nigeria, don't go there. It's dangerous. If it's not Ebola it's mystery death
According to my co-worker Tina, she suffers those symptoms quite frequently after drinking too much cheap vodka, except for the death. Armed with that information I did a little more research and discovered that the neighboring country of Cameroon is notorious for making distilled spirits from various plants and tree barks and selling it across the border.

It is my supposition that some of this Cameroonshine was made with local Sasswood Bark (Erythrophleum Ivorense) which can have hallucinogenic properties but is totally toxic when ingested in high enough concentration. The poor victims were just looking for an absinthe-like trip and got more than they bargained for.

African Moonshine Still
Cameroon Moonshine Still
This theory would totally explain the localized and rapid effect of the 'disease'; It's not contagious nature; The lack of any physical evidence of disease; And the symptoms described by the victims.

What do you think? Have you ever drunk so much that you thought you were on the verge of death? Have you ever drunk any African liquor apart from Amarula Cream? Is there a market for hallucinogenic liquor in the US? As always, share below.


Dale Brown said...

Yeah....let's add African homebrew to the list of things I'm never, ever going to try.

Brad Naylor - Slap the Penguin said...

You are so right Big D, but I am curious. What are the top 5 things on your do not try list right now?

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