A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores the weird and wonderful world of poisons. Curated by evolutionary biologist Mark Siddall, “The Power of Poison” recreates a Columbian forest filled with deadly natural toxins, delves into the history of criminal ;poisonings, and brings to life famous fictional characters to investigate the science behind mythical poisons. The exhibit, which opened Saturday and runs through August 20, 2014, ends by examining how otherwise-deadly toxins can be used in medicine.
Here are nine little-known facts about poison you can impress your relatives with over Thanksgiving dinner. Or not.
Poison Dart Frogs Aren’t Inherently Toxic
Venomous And Poisonous? Not The Same
Cyanide Is Probably In Your Food
Eating Nicotine Can Be Good For You
A Poison Apple Could Have Paralyzed Snow White
You Can Build Immunity To Some Poisons
Macbeth’s Witches’ Brew Was Full Of Real Poisons
Chemical Weapons Are Older Than You Might Think
Poisons And Venoms Can Be Good For You