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628435.  Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:39 pm Reply with quote

Water pipes used for smoking tobacco or other substances are used widely across the Middle East. They are called by a variety of names but are originally from India, where they are called hookahs. The use of hookahs spread to many other countries and, according to Wiki, are gaining popularity in the UK, USA and Canada. There is little research into the harmful effects of smoking tobacco in this way. One of the most famous references to hookahs in the UK is in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' where the Caterpillar smokes a hookah.

628441.  Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:53 pm Reply with quote

"And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice, when she was just small"

(Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit)

I knew that song before I'd ever read the Alice books, so it was my first encounter with the word "hookah".

Fortunately, I didn't yet know what a "hooker" was - had I done, I'd undoubtedly have wondered why she was smoking caterpillars.

628457.  Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:23 pm Reply with quote

Or how a caterpillar can blow a hooker...

628495.  Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:57 am Reply with quote

A hookah smoking caterpillar.

Ion Zone
628671.  Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:12 pm Reply with quote

Nowadays they are *mostly* used to smoke tobacco made from the fibrous parts of of the molasses plant (sugarcane) Link

The idea is that the water cools the smoke allowing you to better taste it.

628926.  Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:07 pm Reply with quote

A friend of mine puts a few drops of pepermint oil in the water.
It works quite well.

629506.  Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:50 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:

(Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit)

I used to really fancy Grace Slick until I realised she was slightly older than my mum (her B-1939 my mum B- 1940).


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