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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
By Olivia Smith, St. Petersburg High
NZT-48 from Limitless
If you stop watching Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, at about the 25-minute mark, this drug sounds great. It allows humans to access 100 percent of the brain’s power, as opposed to the “normal” 20 percent. While under the influence, Cooper's character writes a best-selling novel, becomes a worldclass stock broker and meets beautiful women. Soon enough though, he learns that NZT-48 is in extremely high demand and people are getting killed left and right over it. One of the most dangerous things to do is quit taking it cold-turkey, so he has to continue small doses, or he'll probably die. Moral of the story: Just say no, or you will be slaughtered by the Russian mafia.
Twelve from Twelve
I hadn’t even heard of this movie (based on the book, written when the author was 17) until I stumbled upon it on Netflix. It stars Emma Roberts and Chace Crawford and has now become one my favorite films. Basically, the plot revolves around this new drug that has come into play among Manhattan’s wealthiest and sleaziest high schoolers. The only name the drug has is “twelve." According to its users, the drug is a mix of cocaine, ecstasy and a little something else special. Effects of the drug include swordfighting with younger brothers, sexting a creepy schizophrenic and ignoring Chace Crawford’s hair. The only, and I mean ONLY, cool thing about this movie drug is that 50 Cent plays the dealer.
Three-Course-Dinner Gum from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Alright, so this isn’t exactly a drug, but it really has all the makings to be one. Just like NZT-48, it sounds incredible at first. An entire meal in one tiny piece of chewy candy?! But then, as tends to happen in warehouses led by strange men in top hats, all hell breaks loose. One minute, expert gum chewer Violet is describing how delicous the roast beef is, the next she is “overdosing” on artificial blueberry pie. Toward the end of the 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet is shown gliding out, completely flat, 10 feet tall and discolored. It is surprisingly creepy. Thank you, Roald Dahl, for ruining my favorite habit. (Chill, Mom and Dad. I mean candy.)