Do you know the taste of Cyanide?

Prajwal By Prajwal, 24th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Cyanide is known to be the most poisonous substance on earth. It does causes sudden death on consumption not in seconds but in milliseconds.

DO you know the taste of Cyanide?

Cyanide is known to be the most poisonous substance on earth. It does causes sudden death on consumption not in seconds but in milliseconds.

Cyanide on the positive side is used in Mining, fishing and a few medical applications but on the darker side, cyanide is used by terrorists when they are on suicide missions. The fact that cyanide causes immediate death has left billions in the world with the curiosity to know how cyanide tastes.

Well this incident happened in India about 4 yrs ago. A man by name Prasad who resided in Pallkad(a district in Kerala) was depressed in life so he decided to put an end to it. He headed to a nearby bar with the sample of cyanide which he had purchased illegally. He ordered a whisky and began writing the suicide letter mentioning that no one was responsible for his death. He put the cyanide sample in his glass of whisky and started stirring it with his pen. He was wondering what more he could write in his suicide letter and lost in thoughts, he kept the pen tip in his mouth. Immediately he ignored his half completed suicide letter, grabbed a tissue paper and wrote a note which read “Cyanide tastes Acrid, It is chocking me”. And within a few seconds this man died.

So the man who committed suicide contributed the knowledge to the world how cyanide tastes.


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author avatar LOVERME
10th Jan 2011 (#)

cyanide theory
there is another view to this story .
in my time
so many guys tried
and the maximum
they could react
all of them
was a letter s ,
u say he could write
tis indeed a mystery ,
as the whiskey must have already affected him
.u come out with strange notions ,
don't take side of terrorists, just because they use cynanide freely,
you may be a cause of abetment
take care
join the eusthania club ,
perhaps thy knowledge will be welcomed there but beware the internet is dicey take care for you spread...

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author avatar Navaneeth Krishana K
19th May 2011 (#)

it is not the true story you have described. the man was a gold smith who thought to suicide because he was cheated by someone by selling rolled gold to him. he thought to die by useing cyanide he wrote a letter to his family and friends telling about his reasons for death. and nobody is behind his death etc. he dissolved a small amout of it in alcohol and started writing the letter and after writing a little he was thinking wat to write next by doing that he touches the back tip of the pen which was used to stir the cyanide solution. when it touched his toung he realised that and he writes its taste as ""Doctors, potassium cyanide. I have tasted it. It burns the tongue and tastes acrid," he wrote,

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author avatar Satish Patil
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Cyanide is contain NaOH ( Sodium Hydroxide) & HCN (Hydrogen cyanide) NaOH +HCN= NaCN ( Sodium Cyanide) & sodium cyanide test is like a Salt, because cyanide contain NaOH its Burning.

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author avatar Shiva ram
19th Feb 2013 (#)

Mr.Satish Patil there is no evidence that it contains NaOH
and probably it does'nt because he just drank alcohol which contains CN and also sodium cyanide has the taste of bitter almond but not the taste of salt like NaCl

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author avatar Raj
14th Feb 2014 (#)

do u know that NaCl+water is actually HCl+NaOH.
this means salt in water must be burning because it also contain NaOH

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author avatar Paul
5th Apr 2012 (#)

I'll try some tomorrow, and get back to you...

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