Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cinnabar and Colloidal Silver

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Mad Hatter Day was on 10/6, which was October 6th or June 10th, depending upon which side of the Atlantic you call home. Since I'm confused, I scheduled this post for 10/26. (Actually, I just wasn't quick enough.)

You see, I was researching metals as poison and their unusual side effects. You know, to derange my villain a bit more, or perhaps to knock him off. I discovered some fun stuff I thought you'd appreciate.

  • Cinnabar can make a person "mad as a hatter". Especially if you're a hat maker that uses the mercury solution derived from cinnabar to soak animal pelts and make felt.
  • Colloidal Silver can make one blue as a smurf. You may have seen that blue guy on Oprah. This is what he's got: Argyria:  ISV from Greek: ἄργυρος argyros silver + -ia) is a condition caused by improper exposure to chemical forms of the element silver, silver dust, or silver compounds.The most dramatic symptom of argyria is that the skin becomes blue or bluish-grey colored. via wikipedia.
  • In it's Elizabethan heyday, white lead makeup likely killed off many young ladies who were regular users. The look probably came down from the Greeks, Romans and/or Egyptians, but you probably already knew that.

To be honest, I don't know how to use this material. Maybe I'll try one or both on my villain, but I'm not feeling it. Maybe you need it? Someone does, or I wouldn't feel the urge to write about it.

5 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Oh noes!! Keep away from these toxic metals! LOL!

Take care
x

Matthew MacNish said...

The blue guy is the most fascinating one of these in real life, but I think the cinnabar might fit better into fiction.

Hart Johnson said...

Ooooh! You can have a stage make-up person who's bitter about not being a good actor kill people with make up! Erm... or not... teehee.

Interesting stuff!

LTM said...

wow. Interesting stuff. I'd never seen that blue guy, and I wasn't aware of that makeup thing. But wasn't cinnebar the thing that made Van Gogh crazy? hmmm... maybe it was something else. Mercury in their paint?

Whatever. Great device~ :o) <3

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