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Epic twitter thread about doing ketamine at work is nightmarishly hilarious

Ketamine is a hell of a drug.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published May 4, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 4:41 pm CDT

Ketamine is a powerful drug. First discovered in 1962, it was used extensively as an anesthetic and pain reliever during the Vietnam War. The World Health Organization includes it on its list of “essential medicines,” which it defines as drugs that “satisfy the priority health care needs of the population.” Meaning it should be widely available and affordable.

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Combine that with the fact that ketamine can produce hallucinations, and obviously, people are going to get their hands on the stuff and do it recreationally. Ketamine is well known as a “club drug” and it’s not difficult to obtain if you know who to ask.

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Obviously, no one is recommending you do ketamine regardless of the circumstances, but since, along with hallucinations, it often causes elevated blood pressure and sweating, it’s probably an especially good idea to avoid it while doing things like working at a job you’d like to keep.

Writer Seamas O’Reilly (@shockproofbeats) was in a bad situation when he got called into work after taking ketamine for the very first time. As if that wasn’t bad enough, to add to the already surreal experience, he also ended up meeting the president of Ireland.

It’s as good a start to a story as any we’ve ever heard, and the rest of the epic Twitter thread doesn’t disappoint.

From the moment he decides to take the drug:

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To him arriving at work to find out his job is to serve drinks to what he refers to as his “boss’s boss’s boss’s boss” and Mary McAleese, who at the time was president of Ireland:

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As you can imagine, things don’t go super well.

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Things only get worse from there. We won’t spoil the ending for you, but our hero is offered a clever way out of his embarrassment at the end. You’ll just have to read the entire thread yourself to see if he’s able to capitalize on it.

People loved the story, and the first tweet has already racked up nearly 17,000 retweets and almost 70,000 likes.

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Obviously, it’s a great story, and superbly told, and if you’re jonesing for more don’t worry, seems like this guy is just getting started.

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*First Published: May 4, 2018, 1:03 pm CDT