Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Werewolves Are Laughing Their Tails Off At Us

Thanks to Writtenwrydd for pointing out this hugely interesting article by Michael Briggs, husband of Patricia Briggs, on silver and how it can be used (but not without a LOT of effort) to make silver bullets.
Silver Bullets

"[P]rior to the industrial revolution, there was insufficient sulfur in the atmosphere to tarnish silver."

"Because some organic poisons contain high concentrations of sulfur, it was found that poisoned food or wine could blacken silver on contact, leading to the widespread custom of drinking from silver cups, or eating with silverware."

Author website: J. J. DeBenedictis

3 comments:

Sarah Laurenson said...

Huh. Good to know.

Kate said...

That is fascinating! I once served potato salad in a silver dish, and it turned black from the mayo. It never occurred to me people did that on purpose!

fairyhedgehog said...

Those were the bits that stood out for me too.

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