Poisonous birds – Not venomous discovered so far

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Poisonous birds – Not venomous discovered so far

Poisonous birds – No venomous bird has been discovered so far. That is, one whose body would produce a poisonous substance. That would then be transmitted by pecking or wounding with a claw. There are several groups of poisonous birds, that is, poisoning us when we touch or eat them. Their organisms are also probably not producing toxins, but they are able to obtain them from poisonous insects or plants.

Most of them live in New Guinea. Where are several species of Pitohui. Also representatives of the families, store the strong neurotoxin (batrachotoxin) in the skin.

The Gambian Goose from the Anatidae family living in Africa. It accumulates in its tissues another poison, a kantaridine (it gets it from the eaten beetles). Plectropterus gambensis, however, are poisonous only after their consumption. So they gain little thanks to this weapon (except revenge from beyond the grave). On the other hand, other animals of this species benefit from this – a predator who once encountered goose meat will avoid it.

A similar phenomenon applies to the European Common Quail, whose meat is also poisonous, although only for part of the year. Probably quails get their toxin from being eaten plants, and poisoning them are known for a long time and referred to as a coturnism (from the Latin name of the quail Coturnix coturnix).

IBM – International Business Machines Corporation

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IBM – International Business Machines Corporation

IBM – International Business Machines Corporation, also known under the pseudonym Big Blue, was founded on June 16, 1911. Initially, the company was involved in the production of everyday items, such as scales, meat slicers and other appliances. From 1924, was involved in the production of equipment for perforated cards. Later, the company devoted itself to information technology. Produced and sold computer equipment, software and services. With assets of USD 120.4 billion and 355,776 employees, it is today one of the largest companies in the world. Her main achievements include the creation of a compact IBM PC in 1981. These devices have become the most popular type of microcomputers on the electronics market. Their success ensured not only a low price, but also a high degree of compatibility. In 2004, IBM stopped producing computers. The last step was the sale of ThinkPad notebooks to the Chinese company Lenovo.

Oleander – Nerium oleander

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Oleander – Nerium oleander

Oleander – Nerium oleander – This beautifully blooming shrub belongs to the most common plants not only in the countries of the Mediterranean.

  • Deadly dose: 2 leaves
  • Death: in few hours
  • Poison: oleander
  • Aftermath: cardiac arrhythmia
  • Where it grows: from the Mediterranean, through North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, to southern Asia
  • Occurrence in Poland: artificially bred

In order to say goodbye to your life, it’s enough to chew on one leaf. The honey obtained from oleander flowers may also be toxic. The first signs of intoxication include vomiting, fever and dizziness. The substance directly attacks the heart and increases muscle tone.

History of the plant:
Together with Conium maculatum was the most popular medieval poison. It was used as a means to control rats and mice. In the past, many people lost their lives because they roasted meat on oleander branches.

Atropa belladonna – Most dangerous in Central Europe

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Atropa belladonna – Most dangerous in Central Europe

Atropa belladonna – This plant is considered the most dangerous in Central Europe. Its all parts are very toxic.

  • Deadly dose: 10 – 12 fruits
  • Death: in few hours
  • Poison: atropine, hyoscyamine
  • Aftermath: nervous system and heart rate weakness, stopping breathing
  • Where it grows: most of Europe, some places in Africa and Asia
  • Occurrence in Poland: yes

The big danger lies in the fact that its shiny fruits can be easily confused with edible forest fruits. Man can poison not only through direct consumption, but also through goat’s milk or meat, if animal earlier ate it. Typical symptoms of poisoning are dilated pupils, an accelerated pulse or redness on the face. There may also be hallucinations and loss of consciousness.

History of the plant:
Atropa belladonna was a component of shampoo drinks and ointments, because after applying to the skin it caused hallucinations – a man seemed to be able to fly.
In ancient Rome, the wives of Emperor Augustus and Claudius poisoned them with a shout. Medieval women applied drops of juice to their eyes. It was to guarantee them beautiful, large eyes. In this way, they risked not only conjunctivitis and eye deterioration, but death as well. Atropine in eye tests doctors are using today.

Mishmash always cabbage ?

Mishmash always cabbage ? - Mishmash

Mishmash always cabbage ?

Mishmash always cabbage ? – Mishmashis popular in traditional Polish cuisine dish initially consisted mainly of sliced pieces of various types of meat or fish. Mishmashit was just a dish with minced something. At the end of the fourteenth century. Mishmash called jelly with chopped meat, a seventeenth-century Poles used the wordsmishmashing” in relation to fight. “Mishmashing meant as much as chop into small pieces. It was only in the eighteenth century. The basic component of food has become a cabbage.

Meat promotes cancer – Neu5Gc in tumor tissues

Meat promotes cancer - Fresh meat

Meat promotes cancer – Neu5Gc in tumor tissues

Meat promotes cancer – Researchers at the University of California focused on a particle called sugar Neu5Gc, which was found in tumor tissues. The human body unlike organisms carnivorous mammals do not produce this molecule, but it assumes in the diet. The most risky meats turned out to be beef, pork, lamb and buffalo meat.