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Better not eat any "golden apples" (in Italian: pomodoro) on a pewter plate or you may have a very attenuated existence.

smithsonianmag.com/arts-cultur

@ScottMortimer « No one made this connection between plate and poison at the time; the tomato was picked as the culprit. »

I find this claim dubious; people have known lead is toxic since Roman times and before.

(The other claim they make, of being tarred with the same brush as the other nightshades, is much more plausible—edible nightshades were extremely rare outside of the Americas.)

@varx
Aaaaaaand yet generations of people continued to use items containing lead in everyday life and probably suffered the effects of it as discovered in analysis of skeletal remains from medieval archeological finds.

@ScottMortimer Yeah. Blew my mind when I learned that not only was leaded paint only banned in the US in the late 1970s, but leaded gasoline was only banned in the 90s.

@varx
You're right. Western Customs Agents still sequester Chinese-made goods on occasion because they contain lead-based paint. The Romans were way ahead of the rest of us in many ways.

@ScottMortimer Well... the Romans also used lead pipes and sweetened wine with lead, so I wouldn't go *that* far...

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