mew mew

March 19, 2010

Fashionable young person’s recreational substance ‘meow meow’ being sold as plant food to evade licensing has a historical precedent, as I discovered in my reading yesterday:

[on the 1729 banning the sale of gin without a licence] “They responded by inventing a vending machine that was fondly known as ‘puss and mew’. It worked like this: a customer approached the machine and said, ‘Puss’. Behind the machine was concealed a vendor who responded with, ‘Mew’. Out came a drawer and into it the customer deposited a few coins. No sooner was this done that the vendor snapped back the drawer, only to push it forward a few moments later, this time with a dram of gin.” Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason, Jessica Warner


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