22 May, 2011

The Driest Crazy Thing You'll Read All Day

I was researching whether or not ingesting gunpowder has hallucinogenic properties (don't ask) and I stumbled onto the title of a paper written for the US Army. The title is:

Drug Intoxicated Irregular Fighters:
Complications, Dangers, and Responses


I wonder how somebody can manage to sound so clinical about something a mad as that. I mean, when you're writing about hash-smoking Taliban and coke-addled child soldiers, how do you not accidentally let passion slip into the project? I guess that's why I'm not a clinical psychologist or a scientist or anything. I just can't hack that kind of prose.