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One Got Fat is an infamous 1963 public information safety film from what might be supposed were the drug-crazed minds of the writers and directors at Interlude Films of the US.
Watch it and weep. It’s wrong on a multitude of levels. Today, that is. Perhaps it was normal for the 1960s? Making kids cycle along the street in monkey masks? Normal for 1963?
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”
Leslie Poles Hartley (1895-1972)
BICYCLE DRUGS TRIVIA
Author and playwright Aldus Huxley popularised the ingestion of LSD in the late 1950s. The drug was first made in 1938, the psychedelic properties not being discovered until 1943.
Why is this short history of LSD on a bike site?
April 19th 1943 is known as Bicycle Day, because a certain Dr. Hofmann took the drug and then rode, you guessed it, a bicycle.
Dr Hofman wrote:
“I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me we had travelled very rapidly.”
More such stuff here.
ONE GOT FAT: