Friday, October 10, 2008

This Is Why I Don't Play Football

Not professionally, anyway. I totally have the skills, I just don't want to end up with lead poisoning.

It turns out that if the microscopic rubber particles from astroturf are ingested, some of their more harmful chemical components can be absorbed into the body. This includes lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (that's right, you heard me. Polycyclic hydrocarbons.) and zinc. The zinc means that astroturf isn't just going to kill us, it's going to take down non-human species in the environment as well.

All of our modern conveniences are going to kill us, one way or another.

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