Oct 9, 2017

History Of Wackemall, Part 73: Old King Cole

We all remember the nursery rhyme, Old King Cole:
"Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl..."

But have you ever pondered just what it was that the old king might have put in his pipe and bowl?

Various researchers generally agree the bowl refers to a drinking vessel as glass, cup, or mug don't rhyme with Cole and soul. Most researchers agree that most likely there was some sort of alcoholic beverage in the king's bowl. And while most researchers have generally assumed King Cole's pipe to be filled with tobacco or perhaps hashish, researchers from Wackemall University point to evidence to the contrary.

For starters, Old King Cole is believed to have its origins in the legendary Welsh king Coel Hen sometime in the 4th century AD. But as everyone knows, tobacco wasn't known in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, or anywhere in Europe until some time after 1492 when Columbus sailed to America.  And as has been previously shown, it was Sir Walter Raleigh who, sailing on a royal charter from the Queen of England in 1584, later brought tobacco back to England while searching for wackemall.
As for hashish? Well here's what Wikipedia has to say:

"Hashish has been consumed for many centuries. However, there is no clear evidence to date it back exactly.,[6] Around 900 AD hashish use spread through Arabia [7] while it was introduced to Europe during the 18th century"

Without a doubt, there was neither tobacco nor hash in Old King Cole's pipe.

So what was King Coel Hen, aka, Old King Cole smoking? Researchers from Wackemall University have recently uncovered artifacts near the grave of King Coel Hen in Coylton in Ayrshire, that contain residues of burned wackemall of Greek origin as was known to be used by people like Aristotle some 700 years earlier.

Was Old King Cole smoking wackemall? The benefits of wackemall were then known around the world despite its rarity. If he could get it then perhaps we should be asking, why wouldn't a Welsh king smoke, eat, drink, and consume wackemall in any way that was known at the time? After all, you do.

Will we ever know the entire History of Wackemall? Did NASA really send men to the Moon and back? You decide.
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