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.

How To Make Your Own Anti-Venom Without Poisoning A Horse

As this slick educational short from the SciShow explains, you’ve got two choices when it comes to treating deadly, deadly snake bites: you can either hopefully make it to a hospital in time to counter the toxins with dozens of expensive vials of delicate anti-venom, or you can slowly inoculate yourself against their effects — effectively turning yourself into a poison-immune mobile anti-venom factory.

Early 1900s Cure-All Medicines Would Actually Kill You

There are plenty of reasons to be thankful that you don’t live in the early 1900s (child labour laws, air conditioning, what have you). But just in case you’ve been feeling nostalgic for simpler times, new research from the University of Detroit Mercy should put those wistful fantasies to rest.

The History Of Sux, The World's Most Discrete Murder Weapon

You might notice the sting of the injection. Within seconds you’d realise you’re having trouble moving your eyes and fingers, followed by your arms and legs. If you were standing, you’d collapse. In a heap on the floor, you’d realise nearly every muscle in your body was paralysed.

Man Killed With Poisonous Umbrella

This is really bad: a man hit with a poisonous umbrella in a street of Hannover, Germany, has died after a long struggle in the hospital. It sounds like a James Bond movie, except that it’s real and it sucks. This is what happened:

Russian Train Spill Dumps Giant Chemical Gas Cloud Over City

Transporting toxic gas in glass containers aboard a train sounds like something from a hurriedly written action movie, but no, it’s real life. And it’s particularly real life for Chelyabinsk, Russia, which now have a cloud of bromine floating above it.