Thoughts That Hurt to Think #031 – The Robin Hood Saying is Wrong!

The legend of Robin Hood may actually be a myth, so far as verifiable history can tell. Even if the story is real, it still lives more as a legend in the modern mind. The only real difference between a myth and a legend is that the origin story has some truth to it; otherwise, both are mostly if not entirely made up. So is the case with Robin Hood. You probably already know that he wasn’t a fox, and that he didn’t speak with an American accent; but did you know that pretty much every other element of the story is made up as well?

Nobody called him ‘Robin of Locksley’ until centuries after the man himself had died. That’s because he most likely wasn’t nobility at all. Friar Tuck and Maid Marion are later additions to the original story as well, although nobody tells the tale without including them these days. All we really know about Robin Hood is that he was a skilled archer and swordsman, and that he had quite a beef with the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The rest is pretty much made up. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #031 – The Robin Hood Saying is Wrong!”

Thoughts That Hurt To Think #006 – Cocaine or Freedom?

For a long time I didn’t know that cocaine had medical benefits, or that various forms of the drug found in the coca plant were being used every day in American medicine. All I knew is that rats in laboratories would choose cocaine over food until they died of starvation. I heard that statistic way back when I was a kid, when my little brain was hungry for anything that might present itself as knowledge. It freaked me out, and made me terrified of any mention of the drug. When I found out that it was a medicine, and a commonly used one at that, I did a little more research.

It turns out that the rat study is wrong, in that the premise itself is fundamentally flawed. But we’ll get to that.

First, let’s talk about the coca plant. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #006 – Cocaine or Freedom?”