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Guy Drinks Cyanide, Lives To Tell The Tale

Soluble cyanide salts are some of the deadliest poisons known to man.

Watch A Chef Make A Dish With A Poisonous Pufferfish

Video: In order to serve fugu (pufferfish) in Japan, a chef needs to have a special licence. That’s because fugu is poisonous, toxic and lethal. So why would someone eat something that could kill you? Because when prepared properly, it’s safe to eat and delicious. Watch chef Sasaki, a fugu specialist for over 45 years, prepare his fugu dish.

Ancient Poisonous Flower Preserved In Amber Looks Dangerously Delicious

Amber delivers a slice of ancient life, showing us everything from early predation to the earliest preserved erect penis. Now, in a 30-year-old amber collection, scientists have found the earliest ancestor of those famous drawing-room mystery poisons, strychnine and curare.

Here Is Yet Another Reason To Fear Geese

We all know that geese are loud, obnoxious devil-birds which attack in packs. Here’s another nasty trick. One kind of goose deliberately doses itself with poison, so it will kill anyone who eats it.

Why Lead Is Bad For Humans

Given that humans have been using lead in various products for over 8000 years (with the first known mining of it in Anatolia around 6500 BCE), you might be surprised to learn that we have known that lead is dangerous and shouldn’t be trifled with since at least 150 BC. Here is everything you need to know about this metal poison.

How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Toxicologists have a saying that “the dose makes the poison”, meaning that anything and everything can kill you in large enough quantities. So here we take five incredibly common (and usually benign) foods and household items to their illogical conclusion. Ever contemplated eating 480 bananas? Don’t do it.

All The Many Horrible Ways That Animals Can Kill You With Venom

Take a look at these fascinating videos explaining the many horrible ways that animals can use their hollow fangs, grooved teeth, lip glands, claws, spurs, spines, stings and tentacles to deliver venom for the sole purpose of paralysing and killing other animals — including humans.

Inside A Lethal Exhibit Dedicated To The Power Of Poison

Poison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine — an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that’s exactly what the American Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit — The Power of Poison — delightfully urges you to do.

This 700-Year-Old Ring Was Used To Poison Kings

Should you have happened to find yourself dining with Bulgarian royalty 700 years ago and the wine tasted a bit off, you would have been smart to put the goblet down. Bulgarian archaeologists have just discovered a medieval bronze ring explicitly designed to poison political foes — in the most discreet way possible.

Cockroaches Are Evolving To Avoid Poison, Will Rule Us All

Think twice before stomping the lights out of the next cockroach you come across — you’re going to want them to return the favour after the takeover. Thanks to new research on this most vexatious blight of mankind, we can now say more or less definitively that the despised cockroach will, in fact, come to rule us all. Because, apparently, they’re developing the ability to outsmart our attempts at poisoning them dead.

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