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The Sordid (But Fascinating!) History of Poison

By Abbey Clarke Sep 19, 2013

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Pliny the Elder, A.D. 23-79

Pliny the Elder was naturalist and natural philosopher who literally wrote an encyclopedia. He studied Mithridates’ antidotes, one of the most interesting of which was the blood of a duck! Apparently, “the blood of a duck found in a certain district of Pontus, which was supposed to live on poisonous food, and the blood of this duck was afterwards used in the preparation of the Mithridatum, because it fed on poisonous plants and suffered no harm."

Tags: history, cool things, creepy things, poison, greek myth

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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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