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Friday, February 7, 2014

"What's a whippet?"

Posted by on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

...asked in comments on the review of Restaurant Roux. Well, dear, sweet, innocent commenter Hanoumatoi: Whippets are when you inhale the nitrous oxide from a whipped-cream canister (or a balloon filled from a tank) to experience a momentary, probably brain-cell-killing high. People who work in the restaurant industry have good access to, ahem, experiment with different uses for nitrous oxide, and Roux's fizzy grapes are injected with it, making them fizzy inside, which is momentarily very strange and pretty great when you eat them. Maybe a little bit like doing a whippet... who knows.

Everybody else...


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Nitrous oxide...aka hippie crack.
Posted by gnossos on February 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 2
I first saw it spelled "whip-it." It was during the great Demi Moore Whip-It Hospitalization of 2012.…
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on February 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM · Report this
Since the only whippet I know is a racing dog somewhat smaller than a greyhound, "doing a whippet" has some unfortunate connotations.
Posted by DonServo on February 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM · Report this
The only correct answer is an adorable dog!
Posted by MLM on February 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Jenny from the Block 5
Embarrassingly, I learned that tidbit from Night at the Roxbury.
Posted by Jenny from the Block on February 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM · Report this
DeaconBlues 6
whippit is the hit, whippet is the dog
Posted by DeaconBlues on February 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 7
And now I've got Devo stuck in my head.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on February 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Ewe musth whippet.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on February 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Clara T 10
whippits are under-rated. Only death inducing if you experience mechanical failure (bag over head, pass out and whack head on a rock, do one while riding a bike, etc). Only physically harmful to the extent that holding your breath might be. Super-rarely addictive (with really bizarre neurological symptoms though). Delightfully compact experience. I say we distribute them as rewards for good attendance at public schools.
Posted by Clara T on February 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM · Report this
Hawke 11
My first thought is dog. I thought the other stuff was commonly referred to as poppers.
Posted by Hawke on February 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM · Report this
a whippet is also a ski pole with an ice axe on the handle end, for ski mountaineering.
just thought you should know.
Posted by semi-crepuscular on February 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM · Report this
theophrastus 13
hmh... "fizzy grapes" were traditionally made with carbon-dioxide (like carbonated drinks. you can make fizzy grapes if you just store grapes in a box with dry-ice). also i really doubt that enough nitrous oxide could be contained in a grape (~1-grape-volume/22.4liters/mole) to have any effect on one [shrug]
Posted by theophrastus on February 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Unregistered User 14
Named after the brand-name nitrous chargers:…

10-odd years ago when I worked as a barista I actually had teenagers just ask point blank if we had any extras they could just take off our hands. SO LAZY.
Posted by Unregistered User on February 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM · Report this
marymc 15
Actually, a whippet is a specific type of delivery device for nitrous oxide: it's the little steel cartridges that restaurants put in a whipped cream dispenser to make the cream come out foamy. There are other ways of dispensing nitrous, like the larger tank your dentist uses to bliss out their phobic patients.

So a whippet isn't "when you inhale the nitrous oxide from a whipped-cream canister," it's that one type of gizmo you can get the nitrous out of.

And poppers? I never heard nitrous referred to as poppers. Poppers are alkyl nitrite compounds (amyl nitrite and others) that are usually sold in little bottles, and inhaled for a rush, often during sex. They've gone in and out of fashion for decades in the club scene--the smell still takes me instantly back to the Odyssey in West Hollywood, circa 1978.
Posted by marymc on February 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM · Report this
"Probably bran-cell-killing"?

Man you should go work for Fox News with that one. Nothing about nitrous oxide kills brain cells. Holding ones breath for long amounts of time does..

But if it killed brain cells do you think it would be such a common anesthetic used for children and dental operations?
Posted by michael bell on February 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM · Report this
treacle 17
Interestingly, N20, hella illegal and clandestine drug of the 90's college years, was a very legal & public high back in the 1780s...

Nitrous oxide,...was first discovered in 1772 by the English scientist and clergyman Joseph Priestley. [...] Following Priestley's discovery, ... for the next 40 years or so the primary use of N2O was for recreational enjoyment and public shows. So called nitrous oxide capers took place in travelling medicine shows and carnivals, where the public would pay a small price to inhale a minute's worth of the gas. People would laugh and act silly until the effect of the drug came to its abrupt end, when they would stand about in confusion. Many famous people (of their time) and dignitaries from Clifton and Bristol came to inhale Davy's purified nitrous oxide for recreational purposes. [link]
Posted by treacle on February 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM · Report this
treacle 18
"I am sure the air in heaven must be this wonder working gas of delight". So wrote poet Robert Southey of nitrous oxide. (1774-1843)

Posted by treacle on February 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM · Report this
Whippets are dogs. Everyone knows that!
Posted by charity on February 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM · Report this
The Max 20
I must admit, I immediately thought of the breed of dog what usually looks like a small greyhound, but sometimes inherits a mutation that makes it one of the dozen or so breeds and mixes that can be classified as a pit bull.…
Posted by The Max on February 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM · Report this
seandr 21
probably brain-cell-killing high

Popular misconception. Doesn't kill your brain cells or otherwise cause harm. Used in dentist's offices.
Posted by seandr on February 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM · Report this
Dougsf 22
@2 I can't put my finger on why, but doing whippets with Demi Moore sounds like a lot of fun. Well, until it isn't, I guess.

@16 - here's some info on brain cell damage:…

Short answer: not necessarily more brain cell killing than anything else, but since you're probably doing it wrong, yeah, probably.
Posted by Dougsf on February 7, 2014 at 5:09 PM · Report this
also a Canadian cookie - see marshmallow-covered cookies covered in chocolate -…
Posted by Chas Redmond on February 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM · Report this
I once saw a dude sitting on the floor of Safeway and huffing whipped cream containers, one after the other. I asked an employee about him and they said the cops were on the way, and he'd done it before. Whippits!
Posted by Narbles on February 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM · Report this
Fred Casely 25
Another option is joining the ski patrol, where one of your colleagues is your dentist's daughter who keeps a full-size tank in the trunk of her car. Or so I'm told.
Posted by Fred Casely on February 7, 2014 at 6:13 PM · Report this
Whippet appeal!
Posted by pat L on February 7, 2014 at 7:23 PM · Report this
whip-its, poppers and booths have kept many an old-school small-town porn shop open long after the internet. And this, kiddos, is how old-time pervs got off before chat rooms.
Posted by six shooter on February 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM · Report this
I have a whippet dog. And you should to. No, really, you should.
Posted by jeffy on February 9, 2014 at 12:29 AM · Report this

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