December 5, 2012

Oracle at Delphi Was Probably High as a Kite

Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9


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The Oracle at Delphi is referenced throughout Greek myths and history. Supposedly she was rendered psychic by Apollo. Practically, she was off her skull on gas that seeped out of the fissures of the temple in which she lived. Here is the scientific explanation for what caused this woman to utter her confused prophecies.

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TAGGED: Ethylene, Intoxication, Prophets, Predictions, Oracle At Delphi, Ethane, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Methane

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