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The fascinating history of asbestos


Though the Western world traces its roots back to the glory days of Rome, there are few similarities remaining today we would recognize (outside of backstabbing Senators); the one thing that any strapped school district will tell you never seems to go away, though, is asbestos.

Io9 traces the fascinating history of this scourge of the building material world from the time it was christened by Pliny the Elder for its “unquenchable” nature, through Charlemagne’s fascinating party tricks and its heyday in the jewelry industry to the modern day menace we’ve all grown to dread the discovery of.

Full story at io9.

Historical trivia.

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