- Did you know apple pips contain cyanide ?
I seem to remember tales of Somerset farm workers going blind as they were paid in scrumpy that contained enough cyanide to damage their eyesight. Suspect that thus is just a rural urban myth.
I thought the link between cider and blindness was the traditional practice of putting lead in it to improve the flavourPosted 4 years agotwinw4llMember
When i worked in the jewellery quarter, the owner of another company went in to work dropped a spoonful of cyanide into a cup of water drank it and instantly dropped down dead.Posted 4 years ago
The company was in dire financial straights after a catalog company returned a large contract in the downturn of the 90’s.
Cyanide is commonly used in the stripping process of precious metals.GHillSubscriberPosted 4 years ago
steve-g – Member
and bananas are radioactive!!CountZeroMember
Every part of the Yew tree is toxic, including bark, leaves, seeds, etc., except for the red juicy bit, the aril, around the seed.
The arils are mature 6 to 9 months after pollination, and with the seed contained are eaten by thrushes, waxwings and other birds, which disperse the hard seeds undamaged in their droppings; maturation of the arils is spread over 2 to 3 months, increasing the chances of successful seed dispersal. The seeds themselves are extremely poisonous and bitter, but are opened and eaten by some bird species including Hawfinches Greenfinches and Great Tits. The aril is not poisonous, and is gelatinous and very sweet tasting.
The trick is to get the seed out of the aril without swallowing it, it’s very slimy, apparently.Posted 4 years ago
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