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The Daily Buzz: August 19, 2014


Oregon marijuana legalization campaign hopes to secure victory with $2.3 million in TV ads; Jackie Chan's son is held in Chinese crackdown on drugs; and a 200-year-old bottle of "drinkable" booze turns up in a shipwreck.

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Oregon Pot Legalization Campaign Says It’s Buying $2.3 million in TV Ads
Two years ago, voters shot down a pot legalization measure in Oregon that that received little funding and ran almost no advertising. This time around, the folks running the legalization measure say they have reserved $2.3 million in TV ads to convince voters to legalize marijuana. Will the benjamins make all the difference?

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Mexican Officials Keep Quiet About Drug Cartel Violence in Border State
Mexico’s state of Tamaulipas, just south of the Texas border, has seen various shootouts and one execution in the past ten days, but authorities have not acknowledged them. The silence from officials dates back to August 8, even as gun violence between drug cartels and military officials continues.

Jackie Chan’s Son Held in China’s Anti-Drugs Crackdown
Action superstar Jackie Chan’s actor son, Jaycee Chan, 32, has been detained in Beijing after testing positive for pot. He’s the latest of several Chinese celebrities detained on drug charges ever since President Xi Jinping declared a nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs and promised to “severely punish” offenders.

Why Do We Get Hangovers? It’s a Mystery!
Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze, talks about the science behind hangovers and addresses some common myths. For example, hangovers are not actually caused by dehydration—so that famous trick of alternating between water and alcohol won’t help. Is blood sugar the culprit? Nope! And neither is mixing drinks, like beer and wine. So what does cause hangovers? Apparently it remains a mystery. Fortunately, scientists are on it!

“Drinkable” 200-year-old Booze Found in Shipwreck
An ancient stoneware seltzer bottle that was recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea actually contains alcohol, according to researchers. They say it’s “drinkable,” though that may not to translate to “delicious” or “pairs well with smoked salmon.”