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I Just Learned That Refrigerators Used To Kill People And Now I Can't Go In My Kitchen

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If the substances stayed enclosed, you were fine — but if they seeped through eroding pipes (or if a repairman was super-lazy when he installed your fridge), your lungs would soon meet their match.

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If you're twisted like me and wondering what some of the severe symptoms were:

* Burning sensation in the esophagus

* Vomiting blood

* Decreased mental status

* Difficulty breathing

* Irregular heartbeat

* Loss of consciousness

* Seizures

* Sudden death

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Einstein had recently introduced the theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize, but why stop there? He had some free time, so he teamed up with fellow physicist Leo Szilard to invent a better refrigerator, as you do.

The pair went on to patent a new type of fridge that didn't use mechanical motion (moving parts = wear and tear = leaks) or kill people! It was loud AF, but at least families weren't being poisoned in bed, you know?

Ultimately, the project was dropped, however, because inventor Thomas Midgley discovered that — rather than design a whole new fridge — Freon gas could simply be used as a non-toxic refrigerant.

Though, we eventually stopped using Freon, too, because it was, uh, destroying the planet. Fridges are monsters!!!

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