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58. Wizard and Flameproof

18 Mar

FACT: Asbestos has been around for a very long time and we all know it best for its flame-defeating abilities. In fact asbestos got its first start in the first century AD when  Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder, documented the mineral fibers amazing resistance to fire.

He also noticed that slaves who worked with the asbestos tended to develop lung problems. He then managed to discredit  his own writing on asbestos by claiming that as well as fire, it had a great resistance or impermeability to the attacks of so-called Dark Wizards.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Trivia

 

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One response to “58. Wizard and Flameproof

  1. Hyung Jung

    May 12, 2011 at 20:04

    Great article on asbestos in the Hellenic world here:http://www.weitzlux.com/ancient-asbestos_1962630.html

     

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