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September 15, 2021

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Licking toads to get you high is a myth which appears to be reinforced in popular media, in shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. But is there any truth behind it? One resort town in the Caribbean has been pulling in tourists from around the world with promises of God-like experiences from 'speed-toading'.

The smoking of a powerful hallucinogenic toad venom in short retreats, a practice known as "speed-toading," is the hot new trend in the Caribbean tourist hub of Tulum.

Bufo alvarius, which contains a fast-acting psychedelic often referred to simply as bufo, is touted by some as a miracle cure for the ills of the modern world and mental health issues.

Emerging research suggests it brings about mystical experiences, reduces depression, and relieves anxiety. But a significant minority of users report serious mental health difficulties.

But there are heightened concerns from parts of the community of bufo experts and ceremony facilitators over "speed-toading" where participants can be in and out of an establishment well within an hour. The experiences can appear more motivated by profit than efforts to provide holistic transformational journeys with wraparound aftercare.

"There have been some complaints, but they're always because of an underlying condition. So it's not the medicine," said Valterri Hietaluoma, co-founder of the Bufo Alvarius Sanctuary. Hietaluoma added that God-mode is the goal of each session: "If the client doesn't lose the notion of time and space completely, I consider it too low a dose."


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Runner in brain costume attempts world record

A British runner is aiming to break a Guinness World Record by completing the London Marathon while dressed as a human brain. Bryce Alford, fundraising manager for brain injury charity Headway, has been repeatedly spotted in recent days running on the streets of Jersey, England, while dressed in a full-body brain costume. Alford is attempting to break the Guinness record for fastest marathon dressed as a brain. He previously set a Guinness record in 2003 for fastest 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) on a treadmill. He said the costume is designed as a representation of what people with brain injuries feel like. "What I hear over and over again is that people feel they are trapped inside their own brain, so when you get to see me inside the costume you'll absolutely see what that might feel like, if you can imagine that pressure, and what it would feel like to live every day," he told local news.

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Long-lost Baroque painting found in church

A long-lost, 17th-century Baroque painting is being examined by art historians after it was spotted hanging in a New York church. Thomas Ruggio, assistant professor of visual arts at Iona College, said he was visiting The Holy Family Church in New Rochelle earlier this year when a painting on the wall caught his eye. "I realized immediately it was an Italian Baroque painting. And I sort of did a double take. Why is it here? I immediately got up and started to take some bad pictures with my cellphone," Ruggio said. Ruggio shared his photos with art historians in Italy and Manhattan, who quickly identified the piece as a long-lost work by Florentine master Cesare Dandini titled Holy Family with the Infant St. John. The church said in a statement that the painting had been donated sometime in the early 1960s by a former monsignor. The parish agreed to loan the painting to Iona College, which said it will be on display at the New Rochelle campus for the next three months.


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