Friends of journalist Hunter S. Thompson say they want to blast his cremated remains out of a cannon in a final salute to the gun-loving writer who committed suicide last weekend.
"If it can be done, we will do it," said Boston attorney George Tobia Jr., who represented Thompson for about 15 years. "Maybe it will be part of a public thing or maybe one night a shot will ring out and people will know."
This could be both timely and brilliant. Channel 4 has filmed a documentary which places volunteers into a simulated Gitmo (based on declassified documents and testimonys) to explore the use of torture in the War on Some Terror.
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During the 1920s and '30s, the era when Popeye was created, "spinach" was a very common code word for marijuana. One classic example is "The Spinach Song," recorded in 1938 by the popular jazz band Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends. Performed for years in clubs thick with cannabis smoke, along with other Julia Lee hits like "Sweet Marijuana," the popular song used spinach as an obvious metaphor for pot.
In addition, anti-marijuana propaganda of the time claimed that marijuana use induced super-strength. Overblown media reports proclaimed that pot smokers became extraordinarily strong, and even immune to bullets. So tying in Popeye's mighty strength with his sucking back some spinach would have seemed like an obvious cannabis connection at the time.
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