Bill de Blasio Not Necessarily Super High in College Yearbook Photo

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NYU yearbook photo 1983 Bill de Blasio as Bill Wilhelm
Bill de Blasio at NYU.

The Post, as is its wont, seems to imply that Bill de Blasio was stoned out of his mind when this college yearbook photo was taken — a "far-away gaze" with "bleary, dreary eyes" is how they describe his expression. Certainly, it would not be unheard of for a young college activist like De Blasio (or a young college anybody) to partake in a marijuana cigarette now and then. In fact, De Blasio has acknowledged that he did exactly that.

But that doesn't mean he's high in this particular photo. Because it's also possible that De Blasio, in his youth, simply suffered from Stoned Face.

Stoned Face is a condition that afflicts as many as four Americans each year. Some of its most famous sufferers include former NBA All-Star Tracy Mcgrady and comedian Jim Breuer. 

Tracy McGrady #1 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 03:  Comedian Jim Breuer performs during The Anti-Social Network comedy show at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort July 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photo: Ethan Miller/2011 Getty Images

The scientific literature does not indicate whether it's possible to overcome a case of Stoned Face. Maybe De Blasio was the first ever.