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How Blue Jeans Endangered the Lives of 6 Children in 1963
The fascinating case of the poisoned pants.
By Robert Lamb SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Greek mythology gave us the Shirt of Nessus, a garment so soaked in monster blood that even mighty Hercules withered in its embrace. While the world of chemistry makes no allowance for magical beast drippings, it provides us with more than enough deadly substances—and history offers at least one example of poisonous pants.

The year was 1961 and the setting no more mythic than Fresno County, California. An eight-year-old boy sat pale and glassy-eyed in his classroom. When his teacher noted the boy’s quickened pulse and exaggerated breathing, it was time to call mom. She picked her son up and took

him to Valley Children’s Hospital, where his already confused state worsened with muscle twitches, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

The case quickly spiraled…

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