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Jamaica Ginger Bottle
Cdl67-19-18-Burks-Jamaica-Ginger-box-bottle-2

Origin

Unknown

Type

Empty Bottle

Effects

Cures Dyspepsia, Cholera, Nausea, Colic, and the common cold

Downsides

Will give user "Jake Leg" for an hour

Activation

Blowing into the empty bottle

Collected by

James MacPherson

Section

Telesphorus-474U

Date of Collection

November 11th, 1974

[Source]


OriginEdit

Sold as a common remedy during the Prohibition era, Jamaica Ginger also known as "Jake", contained a high alcohol content. It also contained triorthocresyl phosphate, a chemical used to mask the taste of the alcohol within it. The chemical was later found to cause terrible health problems.

Side effects included muscle weakness, tingling, and paralysis within their extremities, particularly the legs. It often caused pain in the foot, forcing sufferers to lift one leg in the air as they walked. This was known as "Jake Leg", and due to the social stigma surrounding drinking during Prohibition, many cases were left unreported and untreated.

EffectsEdit

When blown into, the bottle will cure ailments such as Dyspepsia, Cholera, Nausea, Colic, and the common cold at the cost of giving the user "Jake Leg" for an hour. The user will have to keep off the leg as it will cause pain when used.

CollectionEdit

James collected this bottle from the display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania after a night guard checked into a nearby hospital displaying the symptoms of Jack Leg, only to quickly recover.

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