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A Little Arsenic With Your Tea, M'Dear?

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Need to eliminate a rat – or a husband? The Victorian housewife turned to arsenic. With no taste or smell, it was virtually undetectable when mixed with food or drink. Plus, at just a penny for half an ounce, it was cheap. But if the frugal housewife had been patient, her husband probably would have died anyway. A by-product of mining copper, gold and zinc, arsenic became more readily available during the Industrial Revolution. Vibrant green dyes were derived from arsenic-tinted candles, candies, playing cards, gloves, crayons, toys, curtains, wallpaper, and even fake flowers. It was used in cosmetics to give women that fashionable (death-like) pallor. A mixture of arsenic and black pepper was used as anti-venom among British forces in India. Dr. Livingstone claimed arsenic countered the bite of the tsetse fly while Charles Darwin took arsenic for his eczema. Tobacco mixed with arsenic relieved asthma. Arsenic permeated most goods. Join us for a poison-filled jaunt through Victorian life. Tea optional.
 

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Location
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

Instructor
Roberta Boggess 

 

Notice

Please read:  UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

Tuition: 

$20.00


Registration Closes On
Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/22/2018 - 2/22/2018 Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Rio Rancho, The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho  Map Roberta Boggess