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Which Poison From Agatha Christie's Novels Would Kill You?

2015 marks the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, and BBC1 will commemorate her best-selling novel "And Then There Were None" on December 26th with a three part series. Many of her novels highlight the murderous properties of several poisons. Which one would kill you?

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  1. Where were you last seen before your death?

    An Essex country manor
    An English village
    A dinner party
    An Indian Island off the English Coast
    A train
    A coffee bar in Chelsea
    An art studio
    A cliff path
    A lodge
  2. What were you doing before you died?

    Editing your will
    Arriving at an English island mentioned in your invitation
    Preparing to star in a Hollywood production
    Recreating a dinner party
    Riding a train
    Fighting at a coffee bar
    Having an affair with a young model at your studio
    Drinking wine
    Clearing out possesions at the lodge
  3. Who had motive?

    Your gold digging husband
    The woman that you unintentionally infected with measles when she was pregnant
    A man seeking to punish crimes not punishable by law
    A secretary who falls in love with a horrible man
    Your husband who wants to marry someone else
    People who want to make it look like you died from natural causes
    Your mistress who seeks revenge once she finds out that you are not leaving your wife
    Your son who wants the family fortune
    A nurse

Which Poison From Agatha Christie's Novels Would Kill You?

You got: Strychnine

The poison from The Mysterious Affair at Styles would kill you within hours after ingestion. The Strychnine would cause uncontrollable muscle contractions that intensify as time passes.

Strychnine
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You got: Cyanide

You would die from ingesting the most popular poison in Christie's novels. Cyanide is found in the pits of cherries, apricots and almonds. Most of the time it's tame but in high concentrations it is rapidly lethal.

Cyanide
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You got: Arsenic

Arsenic would be the poison to kill you. It is a tasteless and odorless white powder that dissolves in liquids.

Arsenic
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You got: Thallium

The poison from The Pale Horse would kill you. Commonly used in rat poison and when it is absorbed, ingested, or inhaled it is fatal and can take weeks to run its course.

Thallium
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You got: Coniine

The poison from Five Little Pigs would be the one to kill you. Coniine derived from Hemlock would cause you cause death by respiratory paralysis.

Coniine
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You got: Morphine

The popular poison, Morphine, would be the one to kill you. It can be added to food or liquids and is fatal in large doses.

Morphine
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