Alice in Vapeland

“Vaping” is the way young hipsters prefer to get their nicotine fixes these days, through electronic “e-cigarettes.” We do not approve of tobacco consumption in any form, but thought the Teeming Masses might like to see yet another exploitation of the Carrollian multiverse, this one involving fruit-flavored, nicotine-enhanced inhalable juices at Alice in Vapeland. Their closest historical relative is shisha, aka mu’assel or nargila, a flavored tobacco that is smoked in hookahs, mainly by caterpillars and folks throughout the Near East.

For the record, Edward Wakeling informs us, Dodgson was a nonsmoker, although when he was Curator of the Common Room at Christ Church, he set up a Smoking Room for his colleagues (now called the Bayne Room). He would receive free samples from the tobacco companies, and one notice that he pinned up in Common Room after receiving some tobacco stated that he had, with logic that can only be called Carrollian, “never tasted better.”

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