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Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts 105

An anonymous reader writes with good news for people looking for an old cure for an old problem. Trying to ease a bad hangover? Wearing a necklace made from the leaves of a shrub called Alexandrian laurel would do the job, according to a newly translated Egyptian papyrus. The "drunken headache cure" appears in a 1,900-year-old text written in Greek and was discovered during the ongoing effort to translate more than half a million scraps of papyrus known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Housed at Oxford University's Sackler Library, the enormous collection of texts contains lost gospels, works by Sophocles and other Greek authors, public and personal records and medical treatises dating from the first century AD to the sixth century A.D.
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Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 23, 2015 @01:01AM (#49534195)

    Any baldness cures in there?

  • by spiritplumber ( 1944222 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @01:08AM (#49534225) Homepage
    "This is trichloromethylene, it will counteract the effects of alcohol"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Before anyone asks, Trichloromethylene does not exist. It is the 555 phone number of chemical compounds.

  • by techno-vampire ( 666512 ) on Thursday April 23, 2015 @01:32AM (#49534301) Homepage
    The next thing to do, of course, is to test the claim and see if it's true or not. I'm sure that you'll find lots of college students who are willing to give themselves hangovers in the name of science, especially if they're going to be paid for it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 23, 2015 @01:41AM (#49534335)

    Lost Gospels, Sophocles, and 1,800 other pages and someone posts about the hangover cure.
    I guess we are living a new dark ages.

  • Wait, these things were discovered like a hundred years ago. They haven't finished translating them? All the folks who know ancient Greek have better things to do? Like what?
    • by Whiteox ( 919863 )

      All the folks who know ancient Greek have better things to do? Like what?

      Wanking off to the plays of Aristophanes probably. I for one collect jokes. Here's one:

      If Euripides his trousers, then Eumenides his trousers

      Ha, Ha Ha, HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • All the folks who know ancient Greek have better things to do? Like what?

        Wanking off to the plays of Aristophanes probably. I for one collect jokes. Here's one:

        If Euripides his trousers, then Eumenides his trousers

        Ha, Ha Ha, HAHAHAHAHAHA

        No, it's if Euripides trousers, then Eumenides trousers.

        The "des" ending is pronounced "dese" as in "these".

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Perhaps the people who are seriously interested in these texts prefer to read them in the original so translating them is not very useful.

      Of course, the option of putting translations on the Internet makes some things worth translating nowadays that weren't worth translating in the past when you'd have to have made a print edition.

    • Recently they uncovered the following fragment:

      Poté Tha sas dósei méchri...

  • I didn't even know they had mobile phones!
  • ...how is this news?

  • Whether stringing its leaves and wearing the strand around the neck had any effect to relieve headaches in alcohol victims isnâ(TM)t known.

    This doesn't seem like it would have been that difficult to test, but there is no indication that anyone who read it has done so yet.

  • According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] "In Cambodia, the leaves are inhaled as a treatment for migraines and vertigo."
    • Sounds like a possible anti-inflammatory or astringent to me. Not just that Cambodian entry as the Fiji eye inflammation treatment.

  • It is based on raw eggs, wocestershire sauce and red pepper.

    For a moment you would feel as if somebody had touched off a bomb inside the old bean and was strolling down your throat with a lighted torch, and then everything would suddenly seem to get all right. The sun would shine in through the window; birds would twitter in the tree-tops; and, generally speaking, hope would dawn once more.

    It is time tested and well recorded. Really, there is an actual historical record of this recipe working its magic

  • Can we stop using the unscientific term "lost gospels"? Not only are many of these writings simply letters, and not accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus, they were never widely accepted and rarely cited by early Christian writers. They're apocrypha.
  • I am not going to say that people shouldn't drink, but if you drink responsibly then you shouldn't get a hangover in the first place.

    I can imagine that hangovers were more common in earlier times because alcoholic drinks could have been of lower quality - with more of the chemicals that would worsen hangover. Production and quality control these days are done using scientific methods.
    One of those chemicals is methanol, which I would expect there to be more of in moonshine than in store-bought vodka.
    Another

  • Ever wonder if these scholars that translate ancient texts are just making it up as they go along?
  • The best hangover cure is the Michelada.
  • "Methys" actually means "wine", hence the name. But we know now that's false.. why would this be amy different?

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