Edgar Allen Poe, Gaugin and Hemingway, and supposedly induced Van Gogh to cut off his ear.
Edgar Allan Poe, Gauguin and for the fuck's sake van Gogh!
Also, the cheapest absinthes made in the early 20th century, before safety regulations, may have contained impurities or additives like antifreeze, which could have contributed to its scary reputation.
Huh? Antifreeze in the 19th century? To do what? Help the carriages movin'? What safety and what regulations?