This morning I read in the NY Times about an American doctor and her daughter who were poisoned by thallium while vacationing in the Soviet Union. The antidote is Prussian Blue!! (Same as the pigment.) From the NY Times :
I googled prussian blue antidote and sure enough, there it is!
Damn, I’ll have to look this up. I thought you needed an antidote for Prussian Blue.
I spent many happy hours as a kid mixing up sodium ferrocyanide and ferric ammonium sulfate to make Prussian Blue – I don’t think they sell kid’s chemistry kits with them in them anymore.
The only antidote for Prussian Blue is a series of smacks upside their heads – and given the choice between them and the thallium I’ll take my chances with the thallium.
Eh? Oh. That Prussian blue. That’s actually kinda cool, the way that works. It’s a pretty freaky pigment to begin with but its ability to trap cesium or thallium ions makes it downright bizarre – but in a good way.
It’s one of the few things that has a magnetic response to visible light, and it is electrochromic, changing from blue to white when voltage is applied to it, among other things.
My mistake – meth it is. Naturally this invalidates any speculation on their hotness when they get older because they’ll look like this[sup][/sup] by the time they’re 30.
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You know, if they dropped the Nazi schtick, they could probably get a major label to pick them up and then they could afford decent production values to cover up the fact that they can’t sing on tune for shit.
It’s a little creepy that there is such mystery about how the travelers in that story ended up poisoned by Thallium in the first place. I hope this wasn’t some sort of attempt at murder.
…and it’s equally creepy to read about those poor little girls in that band being so thoroughly brainwashed by their mom. The kids never had a chance of being normal. This is one time where I’m grateful that teens have such a tendency to rebel against their upbringing.