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Old 07-01-2018, 02:09 AM   #1
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Poisonous Print Books..

Few old dead tree books have been recently found to be contaminated with Arsenic. This element is among the most toxic substances in the world and exposure may lead to various symptoms of poisoning, the development of cancer, and even death.

Full Article in Popular Science.

Yet another reason to read e-books instead!
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:38 AM   #2
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I don't think many of use are going to be reading 16th century texts too often.
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Old 07-01-2018, 08:22 AM   #3
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People who are handling 400-year-old texts should be wearing gloves to begin with.
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:09 AM   #4
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I guess won't be buying the Paris Green edition of the Kindle Paperwhite then...
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:35 PM   #5
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There are probably poisonous e-reader covers too.
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:37 AM   #6
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I understand there is a similar problem with old wallpaper in some houses as well. They used Arsenic to get the green shade that people liked in the old days. It's also one reason why it is hard to say if Napoleon died a natural death or not as people had Arsenic in their environment so much back then. Was he poisoned? If so was it accidental or on purpose? We may never know for sure. Arsenic isn't alone either. In the Middle Ages women used powdered lead as make up to make their faces paler. Lead poisoning anyone?
Edit: I see they mention the wallpaper in the article.

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Old 07-10-2018, 05:39 AM   #7
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I hope I'm not spoiling anybody, but the danger of books is also an important theme in Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose...
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I think they mention Name of the Rose in the article.
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Well, it just shows I didn't read the article (which is on a site that requires acceptance of all types of cookies to be accessed)
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