Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Happy Bicycle Day!

Since 1984 some people have observed Bicycle Day on April 19th. This is the anniversary of the day that Albert Hofmann intentionally took LSD in 1943. On the 16th Hofmann accidentally absorbed a bit of LSD, but the 19th was the first intentional experience, when he took what he then considered a minimum effective dose, 250 mics. In LSD, My Problem Child he records that day:

"By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly. 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 traveled very rapidly."

In this dark hour of ignorance and superstition about psychedelics, you can light a candle of hope and reason. To commemorate the bicycle ride that changed the world forever, let's celebrate Bicycle Day with bicycle trips, sending cards with bicycle pictures to friends, joyful picnics, and other festive activities.

Remember Bicycle Day and Keep it Holy.
[This article was originally posted to the MAPS mailing list]


Blogger Tomas said...

Feliz Feliz Tocayo. Otro Tomas aqui festejando bicycle day y esperando la desaparicion del obscurantismo

4/20/2007 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bicycle Day is also the high holy day of a new religion based on The Matrix and Aldous Huxley's novel Island.

6/14/2007 12:53 AM  

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