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Old 21st September 2017, 04:15 PM
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... Out of nowhere, his trousers exploded with a bang. According to a news report from the day, he was able to snag his now flaming pants and throw them out onto the grass where small explosions continued to erupt in the garment. Buckley was alarmed, but unharmed.

Around the same time, similar reports of spontaneously combusting pants began to appear, and not all of them were as harmless as Buckley’s. One report claimed that a farmer was riding his horse when the friction caused his pants to begin to smolder right there in the saddle. Another pair of pants were hanging out to dry when they suddenly burst into flames. Then there were the unfortunate souls who happened to be wearing their pants when the chemical reaction got started. Some survived with serious burns, while at least a handful of farmers died from the ignitions. One person, referenced in Watson’s paper, died after lighting a match in his electricity-free home, just trying to check on his baby.
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Old 21st September 2017, 04:23 PM
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See what happens when you try to destroy weed? That'll learn 'em.
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And yet another case of deadly dacks - How Blue Jeans Endangered the Lives of 6 Children in 1963

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Organophosphate works on mammals as a nerve toxin. It binds up the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which prevents it from decomposing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine—which you can think of as a chalkboard for nerve signaling. Without acetylcholinesterase around to clean the chalkboard between uses, the board just continues to relay the same outdated message from before. The old signal bombards the nerves, distressing multiple body systems.

Dr. Conrad now had the necessary information to treat the boy, but one question remained: How had he acquired the poison? The most obvious suspect was local agricultural use. Fresno was a big farming area, the pesticide was common, and it absorbs through the skin. And yet, when questioned, local sprayers said they hadn’t used organophosphate in recent weeks.
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A search of the family car, garage and home turned up negative, but inspection of the boy’s clothes finally cast suspicion on a mundane pair of blue jeans. Indeed, they proved contaminated with organophosphate. Each time he slipped them on, the poison in the fabric began its work anew. The boy’s mother revealed she’d bought five pairs at a recent trucking company salvage sale.

The insecticide’s stain proved difficult to distinguish on the pants, save around the label and seams, but a health department test revealed just how much organophosphate had been absorbed by the jeans. They placed the five pairs of unwashed jeans in a caged mosquito colony and watched for signs of distress among the insects.

According to Dian Dincin Buchman’s “The Mystery of the Poisoned Boy,” published in a 1994 edition of ChemMatters, the jeans not only killed the entire colony within 15 minutes, they also wiped out a second, separately enclosed colony in the same lab a mere five minutes later. Around this time, a second poisoning case emerged in the Fresno area: an eight-year-old male patient and yet another pair of poisoned pants.
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Mythbusters did an episode on this.
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