The Men Who Intentionally Poisoned Themselves In The Name Of Health

Before federal food safety regulations really existed in the U.S., one man made it his duty to prove that food additives were harmful to human health — and he did so in a rather unconventional way.

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At the turn of the 20th century, Harvey Wiley, Chief Chemist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, started inviting people into the basement of his office building for extraordinarily well-prepared meals. The meals were free and prepared by a top chef, often with locally-sourced ingredients. The catch? All the dishes were laced with poison.

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The Embarrassing Final Moments Of 5 Historical Figures

We often think of significant public figures as immortal. If forced to cope with the fact that they are indeed mere mortals like everyone else — and will thus die, just like us — we tend to imagine their final moment being as consequential as the entirety of their existence. But, as these final embarrassing moments show, it doesn’t always work out that way.

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