Kickapoo Joy Juice, a liquor of stupefying potency

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“Kickapoo Joy Juice” was a fictional beverage coined in the American comic strip Li’l Abner. Al Capp, the cartoonist, described the beverage as “a liquor of such stupefying potency that the hardiest citizens of Dogpatch, after the first burning sip, rose into the air, stiff as frozen codfish”. It was said to be an elixir of such power that the fumes alone have been known to melt the rivets off battleships.

Capp asserted in 1965 that the cartoon “never has suggested that the drink is moonshine”, in response to claims that the Kickapoo Joy Juice of Li’l Abner was an illicitly distilled liquor. Brewed by Hairless Joe and Lonesome Polecat, two of the comic strip’s backwood poachers, the ingredients of the brew are both mysterious and all-encompassing, (much like the contents of their cave, which has been known to harbor prehistoric monsters.) When a batch “needs more body,” the formidable pair simply goes out and clubs “a body” (often a moose), and tosses it in. Over the years, the “recipe” has called for live grizzly bears, panthers, kerosene, horseshoes and anvils, among other ingredients.

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Kickapoo Joy Juice is a citrus-flavored soft drink brand owned by the Monarch Beverage Company. The name was introduced in Li’l Abner, a comic strip that ran from 1934 through 1977. Although Li’l Abner’s Kickapoo Joy Juice was an alcoholic drink, the real world beverage is a lightly carbonated soft drink.

Former LSU OL Matt Branch Lost Leg in Hunting Accident; Friend Says Dog Shot Him

If this wasn’t so tragic it could be considered a moment of levity.

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Former LSU Tigers offensive lineman Matt Branch lost his leg following a Dec. 28 hunting accident and remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Micah Heckford, a friend of Branch, told Brian Broom of the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday that a dog jumped onto the truck bed that Branch was sitting on and accidentally stepped on a shotgun’s safety and trigger.

“The gun shot,” Heckford said. “Everybody looked up. The first thing I saw was Matt and within two to three seconds he realized he was hit.”

He explained members of the group quickly transported Branch to a road where they could meet with firefighters, who began treatment on the wound.

“I think that’s when it hit me how serious it was,” Heckford told Broom. “It was at that point in time I realized how much he had bled. His pants were just soaked in blood.”

Along with the left leg amputation, Heckford said Branch has undergone several surgeries requiring the stay in the ICU, but he’s otherwise expected to make a full recovery.

Branch played for the Tigers from 2009 through 2011 after a redshirt year in 2008.

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