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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:39 pm

Thinking back to the time your mother forced Castor oil down your throat, I bet you would never have guessed that it came from the most poisonous plant in the world even if it did taste like it.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:40 pm

Castor plants are indigenous to the Mediterranean basin, eastern Africa and India, but are widely grown as an ornamental plant.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:42 pm

A toxin called ricin is found throughout the plant, but is concentrated in the seeds/beans which castor oil is made from.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:44 pm

The castor plant currently holds the Guinness World Record for most poisonous plant. One raw seed is enough to kill a human in 2 days, which makes for a long, agonizing and unstoppable death.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:45 pm

The first symptoms will be experienced within a few hours and will include a burning sensation in the throat & mouth, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. The process is unstoppable and the final cause of death will be dehydration.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:47 pm

Strangely, humans are the most sensitive to these seeds, as it takes 1-4 to kill a full grown human, 11 to kill a dog and a whopping 80 seeds to kill a duck.





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