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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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Egypt, approx. 300 B.C.

Our records of Egypt only date from about this time, because Egyptians were fiercely secretive about their temple practices. However, we do know that Egyptians found a powerful poison in, among other places, peach kernels. This poison is now known to be a form of cyanide.

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Abbey Clarke

Abbey Clarke is a writer and editorial assistant living in Jersey City. She's a player on a D&D podcast called Knife Errant, wrote her senior thesis on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is working on a novel about a semi-reformed demon who runs a library. You can follow her on Twitter at @abbeybookaholic.

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