Thursday, June 01, 2006

Goldfinger Myth

A few weeks ago I was watching Mythbusters and they did a segment on whether or not being covered by gold paint can kill you. People started believing this after the movie Goldfinger came out. In this movie, a woman died from "skin suffocation" by being covered in gold paint. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the end of the episode but I was curious and I found out that the myth is untrue. During the first trial, the test subject experienced breathing and blood pressure problems. The experiment was repeated with a different subject and no problems were experienced. Wikipedia has a nice article on the topic. It seems as though a lot of myths are created or perpetuated by movies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfinger#Asphyxiation_argument

1 Comments:

Blogger Richie said...

There are some body paints that are toxic nonetheless. In the movie, the Wizard of Oz, I remember hearing a report on the Tin Man's face makeup and how a serious reaction formed as a result of it. But this was years before Goldfinger so i'm sure advances in the chemistry of makeup was altered for health reasons

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