Did you know apple pips contain cyanide ?

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  • Did you know apple pips contain cyanide ?

    No nor did I until the wealth of useless information at work told me !

    Only small amounts…

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    yes, as kids we were never quite sure if we’d die from the tree growing inside us or the cyanide if we swallowed a pip.

    I still distrust apples.

    cynic-al
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    You don’t need much…

    Premier Icon annebr
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    yes, it’s been used as a murder weapon in a few fiction books I’ve read.

    steve-g
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    and bananas are radioactive!!

    allthepies
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    Yes, crush one and smell it. Whiff of almonds == cyanide.

    You’d need to eat a lot of crushed apple pips though 🙂

    cynic-al
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    A kilo of dried seeds Yahoo answers says.

    Even I’m not that greedy.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Whiff of almonds == cyanide.

    either that or crushed apple pips is where they get marzipan from.

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    I love marzipan. Am I dying?

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    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.

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    slowoldman, yes.

    EDIT: LOL, vvv that reminds me of a rather messy night where we tested the nutmeg idea, FAIL!

    Premier Icon thepurist
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    Nutmeg is a powerful hallucinogen too, but you need to really like nutmeg

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    And you get 1000 times more radiation from eating Brazil nuts than from any other food (apart from what you buy from a chernobyl fruit n’ veg stall)

    bencooper
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    Heroin is pretty more-ish.

    And in certain parts of Glasgow, easier to find than an apple too.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    and why all the bogs in Tesco/Morrisons have blue lighting

    sunnrider
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    Castor seeds contain ricin. Less than a dozen to put your lights out, and added to a curry you wouldn´t even notice.

    mrmo
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    and peach stones also contain cyanide.

    I guess but don’t know that most rosacea contain cyanide in the seeds.

    Foxgloves contain digitalin, Rhubarb leaves will kill you but the stems won’t

    Premier Icon annebr
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    andytherocketeer – Member
    and why all the bogs in Tesco/Morrisons have blue lighting

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    Blue lighting is supposed to make it difficult for druggies to find a vein. So they can’t shoot up on the bogs.

    and why all the bogs in Tesco/Morrisons have blue lighting

    ?

    [edit] explained above

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    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 flavour

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    I thought the link between cider and blindness was the traditional practice of putting lead in it to improve the flavour

    Ahh good old lead, tasty but deadly

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    hence the expression;

    You can take a horse to water but cider must be lead?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I thought the link between cider and blindness was the traditional practice of putting lead in it to improve the flavour

    A pint of heavy.

    Premier Icon 40mpg
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    Cyanide occurs naturally in the soil, often at levels higher than recommended limits. This frequently adds significant cost to construction developments.

    Those green field sites aint so green underneath.

    rocketman
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    Have been eating whole apples inc pips and core since I was a teenager and now you’re telling me there’s cyanide in them?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    If you smash up bracken leaves it mixes up two chemicals that react to produce cyanide. That’s why it covers moorland, sheep can’t eat it.

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    Some eccentric old duffer died from a snack of fresh apple pips, he didn’t like the flesh and the apple he chose had enough pips for a deadly fix.

    nicko74
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    The link between scrumpy and blindness I thought was methanol – causes blindness and/ or death.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Looks like I was wrong about the scrumpy then….

    fuzzhead
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    I found out about the apple pips and cyanide thing recently when googling food to feed my son’s hamster. Apple pips would have been a big problem for the little furry guy (hamster, not son).

    twinw4ll
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    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.
    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.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    hence the expression;

    You can take a horse to water but cider must be lead?

    I though the expression was “don’t shoot the horse until the gate is bolted”

    CountZero
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    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[5] Greenfinches and Great Tits.[6] 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.

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