Catfish Licking, Part Two

About a week ago I linked to an article that discussed how Gulf Coast teenagers have been going around licking catfish, in the hope that it'll make them high. Now a follow-up article reveals the source of this strange behavior. It all started out as an April Fool's Day joke published in Sport Fishing magazine five years ago:

OK, listen up catfish lickers.
You've been punked. There's no hallucinogen in the slime.
A Florida magazine editor said he made the story up five years ago for an annual April Fool's special - and somehow it just kept on going...

He [Doug Olander, editor-in-chief of Sport Fishing magazine] claimed the catfish goop was popular among college kids, who called themselves "slimers" and paid as much as $200 for a fresh catch.
The slime was supposed to produce a "whisker-lickin' good" trip that would give users the sensation of being under water.
He attributed the information to University of Florida scientist Dr. Benjamin Joon.
As in "Benny & Joon," the romantic comedy with Johnny Depp.

Animals April Fools Day

Posted on Sun Feb 06, 2005


Damn. No buzz. And I bought all them catfish for The Super Bowl.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Feb 06, 2005  at  07:08 PM
As in "Benny & Joon," the romantic comedy with Johnny Depp

Great movie! No catfish.
Posted by Glamcat  on  Mon Feb 07, 2005  at  06:16 AM
Wow, I just love the movie Benny and Joon! Johnny Depp's character is just great. And best of all, its theme song is done by the Proclaimers!

"And when I haver, well I know I'm gonna be, I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you"
Posted by Razela  on  Mon Feb 07, 2005  at  11:35 PM
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