The unintentional ingestion of any psychoactive substance can make for a scary personal experience.
But these kinds of stories, in hindsight, can also make for often-humorous newspaper headlines — as evidenced most recently by this winner in today’s Omaha World-Herald: “Omaha dad finds pot brownies, eats 4 of them, says mean things to cat.”
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Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.
According to the World-Herald, a 53-year-old man was unloading groceries on Tuesday when he noticed some brownies in the backseat of the car — a vehicle his adult children had used earlier that day. The Omaha dad ate four of the brownies and hours later, while watching TV, remarked to his wife he was feeling “bad anxiety.”
His wife called their children to inquire about the brownies’ ingredients, but they didn’t answer. Next she called 911. As the World-Herald reports:
As police were at the house, one of the couple’s sons arrived and told officers the brownies belonged to his siblings. He told them he was “pretty sure it was just marijuana in the brownies,” according to a police report.
Paramedics called to the scene who checked the man found his vital signs to be normal. But they noted he was displaying odd behavior — crawling around on the floor, randomly using profanities and calling the family cat “a bitch.”
The man told paramedics he felt like “he’s trippin’.” He declined their offer to be taken to the hospital.
The paramedics then helped the man to his bed and encouraged he and his wife to call 911 if his anxiety worsened. Hopefully he woke up feeling more clear-headed.
Some readers on Twitter accurately nailed the story’s perfect headline.
Best headline. Better story.https://t.co/obLvPd5B8F
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) August 17, 2016
A man ate four pot brownies and was so high he started calling his cat a bitch.
Well… Omaha, Nebraska you've outdone yourself.
— M I K E G (@Ay_Yo_MikeG) August 17, 2016
The newspaper’s online editor joined in the fun — and celebrated his site’s resulting traffic spike.
Pot brownies + calling the family cat 'a bitch' = glorious web traffic on a Wednesday https://t.co/hJcOt4HC3U pic.twitter.com/yKMUwhx7oC
— Ben Vankat (@bvankat) August 17, 2016