TIL that the idiom “drinking the Kool-Aid”, meaning blind belief in an idea, originated from the 1978 Jonestown massacre where over 900 men women and children committed mass suicide via drinking a poisoned cocktail

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/jonestown-13-things-you-should-know-about-cult-massacre-121974/

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  1. It was a murder-suicide those who refused initially were forced to consume it, shot, or possibly some other means. They started with the children and none of the parents knew about it until after kids started dying. There were also some armed milita members present that partook in the killing. I think HLN did a documentary on the event. Tragic but definitely interesting.

  2. The Kool-Aid misnomer, as mentioned by others here, aside… One of my college professors in the early-mid 80’s lost two daughters to the massacre. His still visceral, raw, very real pain while recounting the massacre, and his repeated efforts to free his daughters beforehand, forever shaped or influenced my understanding. For that reason, I bristle a bit and sometimes have to curb myself from overreacting when someone misuses “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

  3. … another one for you, the term “follower” mean you’re a complete and utter loser. Not a “fan” of someone, a fan is a fan, a follower, is too much of a bitch to lead themselves, it isn’t a term of endearment, it means you’re a scrub.

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