OK, probably not, but how about the Oracle at the Marcellus Shale? It seems the Oracle at Delphi in Greece was explained way back when as being in a

trance state … induced by gaseous emissions

Now you’re talking! More recently, archaeologists

found ethane, methane, and ethylene in spring water near the Oracle. The euphoric effects of ethylene, which had been used as anesthesia in the last century, jibe very well with Plutarch’s description of the gas …

Now, I’d not advocate getting anywhere near gases coming out of a hydraulic fracturing operation. But this does sound like something Morgan Spurlock, the innovative self-abuser who ate hamburgers for a month in Supersize Me, might do under proper circumstances.


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