Considering how synonymous this episode’s element is with “poison,” it’s astounding how eager people have historically been to ingest the stuff.
The history of phosphorus is largely a tale of people getting their hands dirty. Very, very dirty.
Just try to tally the body count behind the periodic table’s most reactive element, and learn why it’s good for your health.
Element 8 brings us two stories of a population that gets a little too swept up in the latest craze, happening to commit mass murder in the process.