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Saturday, July 15, 2006

The taste of death

It sears the tongue. It’s hard, acrid.
That's from the only person to record the taste of potassium cyanide, according to this story.

The smell, of course, we all know: bitter almonds. (It's gold cyanide in that book, but the same smell, it would appear.) Another classic featuring cyanide: "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler.

Apparently convulsions and cardiac arrests happen after one takes cyanide, and even though one has passed out by then, it sounds rather unpleasant. What is the most painless way to kill oneself, I wonder. Not life, surely?
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