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Comic #1264

1 Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals: THIS IS A BIT SUSS. I'M GOIN' TEW HAFF TEW REFER THIS TEW THE HEAD DEAFF.
2 Adam: {to a cameraman who has just appeared} Ah, the cameraman. It's about time you got here.
3 Cameraman: I had a sniffle... Jamie gave me a nice felt handkerchief...
4 Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals: TEW IN ONE DAY? I GUESS THIS NEARLY MAKES UP FOR THE ENTIRE TWENTIEFF CENTURY...

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Actually, a tragically large number of people have died of mercury poisoning in the 20th century.

When I was in high school, we saw a play by a travelling group of educational dramatists. The topic of the play was Minamata disease, something that up until that point in my life I had never heard about. They showed us photographs of some of the victims.

It was an intensely moving experience, and one which has stayed vivid in my memory and contributed something to the person I am today.

Children need to learn about this sort of stuff. History should not be sugar-coated for their consumption.


2015-12-22 Rerun commentary: "Suss" is a word familiar to me from playground use at school. I'm not sure how widespread it is, but a brief Google indicates it is largely British slang. It's basically a shortening of "suspect" or "suspicious" and can be used interchangeably with those words.

The most common phrase using the word is "a bit suss", which could be heard several times a day in schoolyards across Australia at least. Possibly to this day, though I haven't checked recently.

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