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There are very few absolutely true things in this life, but one of them is you shouldn't drink lead. Historians have long believed that ancient Romans learned this the hard way -- it's been said that lead used in water pipes and cooking materials could have poisoned Romans and contributed to their downfall. Now, new research has complicated this age-old mystery, suggesting the real culprit was something even more toxic.

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There are very few absolutely true things in this life, but one of them is you shouldn't drink lead. Historians have long believed that ancient Romans learned this the hard way -- it's been said that lead used in water pipes and cooking materials could have poisoned Romans and contributed to their downfall. Now, new research has complicated this age-old mystery, suggesting the real culprit was something even more toxic.