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Aug 21st 2018 at 10:56:24 AM •••

The second last sentence implies that arsenic smells like bitter almond, too. Is that correct, a mistake or just used synonymous to "poison"? According to, it isn't.

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Aug 21st 2018 at 11:11:14 AM •••

Neither. That sentence implies that writers frequently mix up arsenic and cyanide, attributing aspects of cyanide to arsenic.

Jun 18th 2011 at 12:01:26 PM •••

This example didn't reference a work. Moving it here in case someone can identify the source.

  • I once read one of those "Five-Minute Mysteries" stories, and one featured this trope taken to its logical extreme. A man survives severe cyanide poisoning (he had a rare stomach disease that somehow saved him), and tells investigators that the only thing he remembers eating are some almond cookies given to him by his landlady. The landlady is then arrested for attempting to poison her tenant to death.

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