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Re: poll ideas quest 2010 (toxic metal)

by ambrus (Abbot)
on Feb 01, 2010 at 22:19 UTC ( #820850=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to poll ideas quest 2010

After mercury, lead and tin, the next metal that's been fine for thousands of years but is now toxic and can't be used in household objects anymore shall be…

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Iron

Update 2014-07-10: perhaps nickel could be mentioned in the question as well.


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Re^2: poll ideas quest 2010 (toxic metal)
by Your Mother (Canon) on Feb 01, 2010 at 23:11 UTC

    Iron has killed a lot of kids. They don't even put it in children's vitamins in any quantity anymore. I think RPGs should be household items though so just saying.

      Hi, I thought the major way that iron (steel) killed was through being turned into knives and guns!! (No that's not a gleeful ! but a :-( ! ) Ish

      Good observation.. Have had health issues for many, many years.. Wasn't until giving blood that it started to come together..

      My blood reacted anemic in that quickie drop test they do so they spun it in an onsite centrifuge.. Somehow, they determined on the spot that it turned out to have a HIGH abundance of iron, instead.. Reading up on it occasionally is where other health issues finally made more sense, not to mention falls right in line with what you share.. :)

      I comment therefore I am (procrastinating elsewhere)..
Re^2: poll ideas quest 2010 (toxic metal)
by chuckbutler (Priest) on Feb 08, 2010 at 04:57 UTC

    Let us add Aluminium to the list of the not-so-good metals. Iron, if it is stainless steel, is OK for water, coffee, and tea. I know things are not directly made from it, but Sodium is still used in a lot of products. Thanks. -c

      Mercury, lead and tin were not really used a lot to make weapons. Weapons might not be real household appliances, but they do kill :)
      Iron and Copper (Bronze) however were used a lot for weapons.


      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        I believe there's a bug in the first line of your code:

        Mercury, lead and tin were not really used a lot to make weapons. Weapons might not be real household appliances, but they do kill :) Iron and Copper (Bronze) however were used a lot for weapons.

        I ran your source through the debugger and it reported:

        Bronze is typically 88% copper and 12% tin

        Therefore if Copper was used a lot in Bronze weapons, then Tin was also used around 1 / 7.33333333333333rd of a lot, which is still rather a lot.

        If it wasn't for all that Tin then Bronze wouldn't have been used for those weapons... and Cornwall wouldn't have had such a thriving export trade in ancient times!

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