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Can eating fish make you mad as a hatter?

Published 09/04/2009, River Falls Journal

In Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice finds herself at a weird tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. The Hatter explained that he escaped decapitation by the Queen of Hearts for “murdering time.” “Mad as a hatter” referred to symptoms of poisoning caused by inhaling mercury fumes given off by an old process used in making felt hats.

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