For that boss-level werewolf, you don't want any old silver bullet...
March 18, 2013 1:29 PM Subscribe
posted by Zed (44 comments total)
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Long before the Blue Man Group, there was the Blue Man. Captain Fred Walters
of the British Army contracted argyria
after taking silver nitrate to treat locomotor ataxia.
He took more deliberately to deepen the blue tone, and became a sideshow performer with Barnum and Bailey. In 1924, suffering from shortness of breath, he checked into Bellevue in New York City, where he died. His autopsy revealed that the cause of death was pneumonia, and that his muscles, internal organs, and brain were all tinted blue. By extracting the silver from different parts of his body, city toxicologist Alexander Gettler
extrapolated that Walters had 3.5 oz. of silver in his body.
His co-workers had a bullet cast from the extracted silver,
presenting it to Gettler "just in case he ever had to analyze a vampire."
That final link is to an excerpt from The Poisoner's Handbook
by Deborah Blum.
and Deborah Blum
previously on, ahem, the blue)