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So what?
Aren't his 16 Olympic medals more impressive?
Or me, I find his chin interesting. He looks like a very high testosterone kid to me.

But back to the issue at hand:

How many people his age in the US have never taken a hit off a bong? What do you think the ratio is? 40% have, 60% haven't? More? Less? I don't have any numbers to cite. I'm just interested in your impression. How rare or strange do you think it is for a 23 year old from Baltimore to be experienced at smoking dope?


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Feb. 1st, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think it's very common, moreso than most people think.

Who the f**k cares if the guy took a hit. I bet he's drank a shot or two, too. God, I hate the media in this country.
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Would you go 50-50 for 23 year olds where you are? Bong experience?
Feb. 1st, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say 50%. From the kids that I know, that seems a fair, possibly low number.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
When I was 23, I was pure as the driven snow. I hung out with the "non-party" crowd....and the kids who did party didn't do it around me....so my world was bong-free. Still, the opportunity was there if I'd wanted it.

Based on stats about how many people go to at least some college (as of 2000, just over 50%), and suspecting that kids that don't go to college also have ample opportunity to try weed, we can guess that marijuana experimentation is probably over 50%, and maybe as high as 75% by age 23. That's my best guesstimate...soon to be revised by more information, I'm sure.
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Note to self: height 6'5", wingspan 6'7"
Marfan's syndrome?
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
There is discussion on this over here. It seems he's "apologized" for his "poor judgment."

My response: "What a wimp. He could've said 'Yeah, I smoke pot and still won 8 gold medals, stuff your stooopid rulz up your a$$.'"
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! The correct response is "so what" not "I'm sorry" or "I didn't inhale" or "I was young then" ... Why do people bow down to the media and the criminally hypocritical political religious right?
Feb. 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Performance enhancing? Do they test for pot in sports?

I agree that he should have said, "Yeah. And I have 8 gold metals."

I would say most people who have been to college have smoked from a bong by 23. They may not own one, but they have used one.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
I agree that going to college is the party education for many American youth.

I don't think anyone considers pot to be "performance enhancing" though it does increase the heart rate by 20 bpm.

I wonder what proportion of young people DON'T go to college, and of those who does and doesn't discover pot and why.

Ah, here's college stats for 2000 from http://www.censusscope.org/us/chart_education.html:

In the US, in 2000:
21% attended some college, no degree
6% associates deg
16% bachelors deg
9% graduate or professional deg
52% of all Americans had some college exposure as of 2000
Feb. 2nd, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
in my experience (and I am rather experienced in the realm of competitive swimming)
partaking of marijuana is commonplace...
have you heard of the "swimmer's hit"
(that is, large lungs = swimmer's lungs, and are therefore more adept at inhaling said substance)
just saying, I'm sure the media was thrilled to discover this little tidbit about our dear American Olympian Icon.. but we, as the common populace, should be rather disenchanted at this silly bit of news.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Swimming
Ha! I had not heard of the swimmer's hit, but physiologically it makes great sense.

I am disenchanted with the media. This bit of news does not change my opinion of the swimmer.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Looks like Phelps' sponsors are not going to dumpster him for that puff:

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