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Domoic Acid: The Amnesic Shellfish Toxin that...what was I saying?

I love my readers. You’re a smart group of people that likes the same things I do: poisons, toxins, science, chemistry, crime, history, and all of the above mixed into a casserole. 1,147 more words

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Tetrodotoxin: The Paralytic Pufferfish Poison

Take a look at this photo. Who couldn’t love this face? Really, who? Such a cute little fella. And I’m talking about the pufferfish, not the dude with the pipe. 1,004 more words

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Thallium: The Perfect Pigeon Poison?

Inheritance powder, the poisoner’s poison, these are just a few of the names given to thallium because of its history as a criminal poison. Some have even gone so far as to dub it the “perfect poison,” but more on that later. 1,493 more words

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Mother Nature's Drunken, Venomous Mistake: The Platypus

The platypus, where to start? The Australian mammal (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) has the bill of a duck, a tail of a beaver, the waterproof body of an otter, and flat clawed webbed feet. 861 more words

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Of Djenkol Beans and Djenkolism: The Southeast Asian Delicacy that Poisons

Since the dawn of time indigenous peoples have eaten what the land, and sea, has afforded them. Humankind has evolved and adapted so wonderfully to the foods around them, from whale blubber of the Siberian Eskimos to nopal cacti of ancient mesoamerican peoples. 1,179 more words

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Toxic Larvae: Arrow Poison from the Bushmen of the Kalahari

Three feet. Three feet of red sand and clay the hunter-gatherer Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert dig through to find the poison which they use to fall their prey. 1,075 more words

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Cerberin: The Heartbreaker of the Suicide Tree

My faithful readers are aware of my desire for things to be named as they are. It avoids confusion, and life is too short to be dazed and confused. 1,021 more words

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