1. Song on album of the same name, released by the band Jethro Tull in 1971
. a. Name given to a perverted, disgusting bum type character in the song
. b. Referring to the lower class of humans created by man and not a god, representing the badness of the race (3)
. c. Conceptual song attacking the basic structure of religion and society, and how people alienate less fortunate humans, like Aqualung (1a) and “Cross-Eyed Mary,” from the album’s next song
. d. A term now (c) by Ian Anderson
2. Another name for SCUBA gear
. a. Which make a strange wheezing noise which supposedly represented the sound of Aqualung (1a) breathing
. b. Not in the real dictionary (1d)
. 1 In the beginning Man created God; and in the image of Man created he him.
. 2 And Man gave unto God a multitude of names,that he might be Lord of all the earth when it was suited to Man
. 3 And on the seven millionth day Man rested and did lean heavily on his God and saw that it was good.
. 4 And Man formed Aqualung of the dust of the ground, and a host of others likened unto his kind.
. 5 And these lesser men were cast into the void; And some were burned, and some were put apart from their kind.
. 6 And Man became the God that he had created and with his miracles did rule over all the earth.
. 7 But as all these things came to pass, the Spirit that did cause man to create his God lived on within all men: even within Aqualung.
. 8 And man saw it not.
. 9 But for Christ’s sake he’d better start looking.
“Aqualung? I love that song. clasic.”
“People think Aqualung is evil but actually he’s just a dirty old man.”
“Uh oh. My aqualung is broken. I think I’m going to drown now.”
Aqualung weed 1. Song on album of the same name, released by the band Jethro Tull in 1971 . a. Name given to a perverted, disgusting bum type character in the song . b. Referring to the lower
Inhaling happiness and gasping for a high
The irresistible lure of the transitory high has led to our legal love of nicotine, clandestine craving for cannabis, and even a lust for laughing gas. ‘Healthier’ alternatives like vaping are now in fashion, but perhaps half the fun comes from knowing they’re bad for us.
Words by Stevyn Colgan 29 November 2018
I was out walking my dogs in some local woods recently and took a route through a small spinney of hazelnut trees. In the centre is a clearing popular as a hangout for young adults. On the ground I found a handful of small silver cylinders that looked like aqualung equipment for an Action Man or Barbie. I recognised them as ‘whippets’ – nitrous-oxide cylinders of the kind used in whipped-cream dispensers, also known as whip-its, bulbs, NOS, hippy crack, balloons and sweet air.
However, they are also used as an intoxicant. You use them to inflate a balloon, so the nitrous oxide can then be self-administered in small doses to achieve a mildly narcotic high. In the UK it is estimated that almost half a million young people use nitrous oxide recreationally.
Whippets often litter public spaces and some councils have reported the significant efforts required to clean them up.
Whippets are the latest in a long line of intoxicant crazes and, like their predecessors, they carry a degree of risk. The high comes from the gas replacing oxygen in the brain and creating a mildly ‘drunken’ state. However, too much can cause blackouts and, according to Dr Harris Stratyner, regional vice president at Caron Treatment Center in New York, “There is evidence that abusing nitrous oxide causes ‘dark holes’ in the brain, in areas that have been deprived of oxygen and brain cells have been destroyed. If you use a lot of it, you’re not going to wake up.”
Whippets hit the headlines in 2011 when Hollywood actress Demi Moore was hospitalised after alleged heavy usage. And deaths do occur; in March 2015, a student from the University of Brighton was found dead with 200 used cylinders in his room. An inquest found that he died of asphyxiation as a result of the chronic use of nitrous oxide. Consequently the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 was enacted, which made it illegal to possess and/or use nitrous oxide as an intoxicant. although there has been a great deal of confusion about applying the law. The act excludes ‘medicinal products’ and some courts have held that nitrous oxide is just that, while others haven’t. More case law will be needed before we arrive at a definitive answer.
Meanwhile, whippets are as popular as ever: London’s Tower Hamlets Council announced that between August 2017 and January 2018 its street cleaners had picked up 1.2 million cylinders.
The rapid, short-lived high we get from whippets, reefers and vapes can be accompanied by long-term health consequences. The search is on for safer ways to get stoned.