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(News.com.au)   2.5 million-year-old tobacco found. Paleontologists proclaim it a lucky strike   (news.com.au) divider line 37
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2010-11-20 09:45:47 AM
You've come a long way, baby
 
2010-11-20 09:46:05 AM
My god, Larson was right!

tenerife-training.net
 
2010-11-20 09:46:48 AM
Kool!
 
2010-11-20 09:49:01 AM
Found in next pit.

marijuanaalternatives.com
 
2010-11-20 09:50:40 AM
www.elperiodicodemexico.com

It's not a fossil of a 30 square cm block of tobacco. It's a 30 square cm block of fossilized tobacco leaves.

Hojas fósiles de tabaco revelan que existía en Perú hace 2.5 millones de años

That makes all the difference. If it was a block that big, one might think that somebody or some thing collected it or put it together. Now it's just an old plant fossil.
 
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2010-11-20 09:51:28 AM
"Tobacco is my favorite vegetable."

- Frank Zappa

\Fun Fact: Zappa played Clarabell after Bob 'Captain Kangaroo' Keeshan was fired in 1952.
 
2010-11-20 09:52:10 AM
A man is not a camel.
 
2010-11-20 09:54:47 AM
So, we had Java Man and Peking Man. So now we have Marlboro Man!
 
2010-11-20 10:10:29 AM
This story seems to have some Merit.
 
2010-11-20 10:12:48 AM
notmtwain:
That makes all the difference. If it was a block that big, one might think that somebody or some thing collected it or put it together. Now it's just an old plant fossil.


Plant fossils aren't news. Old ones aren't unexciting.
 
2010-11-20 10:18:54 AM
The article is misleading. It describes it as a "compact block" of tobacco leaves, and then talks about people centuries ago who smoked tobacco, giving the impression that someone grew or collected the tobacco leaves 2.5 million years ago and made them into a package. But humans weren't in South America at that time.
 
2010-11-20 10:23:53 AM
Stop redlighting greenlit articles!
 
2010-11-20 10:26:09 AM
www.cigarettes-r-us.net
 
2010-11-20 10:33:39 AM
The article is also misleading in that the fossil does not 'prove that the plant originated in northern Peru'. Fossils cannot be used to 'prove points of origination', they simply provide evidence of the first known occurrence, which is not the same thing.
 
2010-11-20 10:35:34 AM
swamp_of_dumb: This story seems to have some Merit.

Worst. Cigarette. Ever. Seriously tasted like burning asphalt.
 
2010-11-20 10:46:41 AM
LSMFT
 
2010-11-20 10:47:26 AM
The history of chocolate begins with the ancient Aztecs. In those days, instead of being wrapped in a hygienic package, chocolate was wrapped in a tobacco leaf. And instead of being pure chocolate, like we have today, it was mixed with shredded tobacco. And they didn't eat it, they smoked it!
 
2010-11-20 10:53:27 AM
Gecko5: The article is misleading. It describes it as a "compact block" of tobacco leaves, and then talks about people centuries ago who smoked tobacco, giving the impression that someone grew or collected the tobacco leaves 2.5 million years ago and made them into a package. But humans weren't in South America at that time.


That ticked me off as well. I have a bit of slate with fossil fern fronds that dates to the Carboniferous period. That doesn't mean there was a yuppie wine bar or hair salon 350mya.


/I was asked to leave a toy store once when I told the manager that the plush mammoths didn't belong on the same shelf as the plush T. rex.
 
2010-11-20 10:56:27 AM
Al Gore Vidal Sassoon: My god, Larson was right!

LO*cough*L
 
2010-11-20 11:02:27 AM
MFAWG: swamp_of_dumb: This story seems to have some Merit.

Worst. Cigarette. Ever. Seriously tasted like burning asphalt.


Wait, they're talking Merits, not LPCs.

Dad smoked LPCs...Sam's Club brand cigarettes. Now THAT'S a bad cig.
 
2010-11-20 11:07:51 AM
Or a camel shortie.
 
2010-11-20 11:11:56 AM
TFA: "It was also used for therapeutic purposes - in everything from eye drops to enemas - and for rituals, such as blowing smoke into the faces of warriors before battle and on women before intercourse, they said."

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2010-11-20 11:12:24 AM
MFAWG: swamp_of_dumb: This story seems to have some Merit.

Worst. Cigarette. Ever. Seriously tasted like burning asphalt.


Although, my high school had a thing called "The Merit Society" which looked great on a college app, but was really just the smokers hanging out.

Seriously. They got a yearbook picture, too.
 
2010-11-20 11:12:45 AM
man, is that going to be harsh or what?
 
2010-11-20 11:13:33 AM
My first thought was, "And it was promptly put in a humidor next to a collection of pre-Revolution cigars from Cuba, never to be seen again except for showing off that you have tobacco that's older than dirt."
 
2010-11-20 11:16:07 AM
barefoot in the head: LSMFT

Loose Straps Mean Floppy Ta-tas?
 
2010-11-20 11:19:02 AM
FloydA

That ticked me off as well. I have a bit of slate with fossil fern fronds that dates to the Carboniferous period. That doesn't mean there was a yuppie wine bar or hair salon 350mya.



Nice.


/I was asked to leave a toy store once when I told the manager that the plush mammoths didn't belong on the same shelf as the plush T. rex.


If you ever get the chance this place sounds right up your alley. (new window)
 
2010-11-20 11:23:02 AM
If it was found in Africa, would it be menthol tobacco?
 
2010-11-20 11:33:53 AM
New Age Redneck:

If you ever get the chance this place sounds right up your alley. (new window)


Most definitely! I'm already planning on going next summer actually (once I get my passport renewed). Going to hike up to the Burgess shale on the same trip. I did the Museum of the Rockies (Jack Horner's HQ) last summer, but the Tyrrell Museum has been on my to do list for ages. Cheers.
 
2010-11-20 12:32:26 PM
Al Gore Vidal Sassoon: My god, Larson was right!

img175.imageshack.us
 
2010-11-20 12:45:29 PM
Alfred Einstein: TFA: "It was also used for therapeutic purposes - in everything from eye drops to enemas - and for rituals, such as blowing smoke into the faces of warriors before battle and on women before intercourse, they said."
4.bp.blogspot.com


First thing I thought of.
 
2010-11-20 02:40:03 PM
I misread it as 'tabasco' and was actually disappointed in the real article....
 
2010-11-20 02:50:10 PM
Lee Garner Jr. approves.

/pood it ahn, Roger
 
2010-11-20 05:20:18 PM
Lucky Strikes taste like they're 2.5 million-years-old.
 
2010-11-20 07:09:44 PM
"So round, so firm, so fully packed. Be happy, go Lucky."

/Get offa my gotdamn lawn.
 
2010-11-21 12:10:29 AM
But, But, how is this possible if the Earth is only 6000 years old???

/summon Bevets
 
2010-11-21 05:16:22 PM
Gecko5: The article is misleading. It describes it as a "compact block" of tobacco leaves, and then talks about people centuries ago who smoked tobacco, giving the impression that someone grew or collected the tobacco leaves 2.5 million years ago and made them into a package. But humans weren't in South America at that time.

Or so they'd have us think
 
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