General Discussion The Science of How a Greedy Governor Met His End By Swallowing Molten Gold

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The Science of How a Greedy Governor Met His End By Swallowing Molten Gold

This is an old story, but it's so weird I have to tell it. It shows that the beauty of science is that there is nothing that it won't challenge or test.

In 1599, according to historical accounts, a Spanish governor in colonial Ecuador got a little bit too greedy with the gold trade taxing for the local Jivaro tribe. So they attacked the settlement of Logrono, grabbed the greedy governor, and poured molten gold down his throat, as was the custom at the time.

The sources say that the governor's...
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