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The good, the bad, and the deadly of plants

By Anthony Doerr
May 17, 2009

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When British soldiers arrived in Jamestown in 1676 to quell a Colonial rebellion, a few daring farmers slipped some jimson weed into the British chow. The soldiers hallucinated for 11 days. "One would blow up a feather in the air," writes a historian, "another would dart straws at it with much fury; and another, stark naked, was sitting up in ... (Full article: 891 words)

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