anthonys fireErgotism is the effect of long term poisoning due to the ingestion of the alkaloids that infects rye and other cereals. It also may have been the cause of a mass hallucination that caused a rash of werewolf sightings in 16th century Europe.

I have eaten of the root of St. Anthony’s fire, ergo, I have become the wolf.

Though this particular Wikipedia entry¬†does not site ergotism as the cause of the reports of werewolves and baby snatching canines it does liken it to Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD. Coincidence? Who knows. But we did push this idea on the week’s podcast so we’re going to go ahead and agree with it ‘cos that’s how we roll…

 

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