Daily Archives: December 7, 2005

Beethoven died from lead poisoning

BeethovenA new analysis of Beethoven’s hair and bone by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois determined that Beethoven died of lead poisoning.

According to the results, and historical facts, it would have been a slow death. Beethoven began having digestion and irritability problem as early as in his twenties. Lead poisoning was probably also responsible for his deafness. So, it wasn’t poetic angst that was responsible for his beautiful music, but a basic metal.

TintinOn another quirky note, Claude Cyr, a pediatrician from the University of Sherbrooke, wrote the definitive article for the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Tintin‘s perennial young boy appearance (for those unfamiliar with Tintin, he’s a popular cartoon character).

Tintin […] looks like a young teen because of a growth hormone deficiency and the effects of too many blows to the head, a study says.

[Dr. Cyr] wrote the study with help from two experts, his sons Antoine, aged five, and Louis-Olivier, aged seven. “We hypothesise that Tintin has growth hormone deficiency and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism from repeated trauma[…] “

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