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.


Old Kitty said...

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

Take care

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 said...

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