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  •  Where did the "Kool aid" thing come... (none)
    from?

    I've seen Hersh use that phrase but most Americans wouldn't know what the hell he means by it.

    •  Jonestown (none)
      Jimmy Jones had his followers en mass drink kool-aid (well, actually a cheap kool-aid knockoff brand) laced with cyanide when it looked like his cult was going to be shut down. Most of the followers were so brainwashed by the cult that they drank up willingly, even after watching the ones who had drank before them die. There's more here.

      "Kool-aid drinkers", as such, has become slang for people so completely absorbed in/by whatever movement they're in that they're willing to do staggeringly stupid things for it without a second thought.

      Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor -- Peter Tork, "Head"

      by Field Marshall Stack on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:12:59 AM PST

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    •  Jim Jones... (none)
      The Kool-Aid reference can be found in this entry.
    •  Most Americans wouldn't understand kool-aid? (none)
      Most Americans wouldn't understand the kool-aid reference? Are you serious? Good lord, it seems like I hear that expression nearly every day. I certainly heard a lot of it during Dean's campaign in the primaries, and this lot of bozos in office certainly brings out the references. Maybe it's more a California thing, since the whole Jim Jones cult came from San Francisco.

      A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

      by tmo on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:19:12 PM PST

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