Isaac Newton may have died from eating mercury. That’s right. One of histories greatest scientists may have met his end doing something that you would expect Ralph Wiggum to do. By putting something dangerous into his mouth, and eating it. While it may not have directly caused his death at a ripe old age, it would have contributed to it, and explained why he was so eccentric in later life. But why would a man of such great intelligence consume such a dangerous substance?
Isaac Newton is best known for being the first to understand gravity, and for inventing calculus. But while these two achievements are without a doubt his most famous, he was a very busy scientist. So busy in fact that he never married, or even put his ding dong into a hoo haa. He was so engrossed in his work, that he had very little time for life’s little annoyances, such as a family of his own.
Apart from understand gravity and trying to confuse everyone with calculus, he delved into light and even alchemy. Alchemy is the pursuit of creating the philosopher’s stone, turn base metals into precious metals, or create the elixir of life. It was the ill fated endeavors in alchemy that may have led to his death at the hands of mercury.
In 1678 Newton started experimenting in alchemy. As part of his experiments he recorded, among other things, what the metals tasted like. One of the metals that he tasted was the extremely toxic mercury.
strong, sourish, ungrateful