Sunday, January 28, 2007


Not Polo Ponies

It's a good story: Lady Astor says to Winston Churchill, "If you were my husband, sir, I'd put poison in your tea" and Churchill replies, "If I were your husband, madame, I'd drink it." Of course, I doubt he would have if the tea was both heated and treated with Polonium-210, which is how Russian operatives, we strongly suspect, killed Alexander Litvinenko last year. That one's not a good story. If there's enough of it, like a couple of grams, polonium-210 heats up to over 500 degrees, so if anyone hands you some really, really hot tea...

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