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[Sorry about an empty article just now - I seem to be having trouble with
the news poster today.]

Just how serious is it to be tarred and feathered?

It seems to me that it would come off by itself over a period of weeks as the
skin grew and sloughed off, but in the mean time the person would be in
considerable danger of overheating due to black-absorption of sunlight,
blockage of sweat glands, and insulation of the tar and the feathers.
It would be uncomfortable as all hell for the duration, too.

What is the best way to get the stuff off, anyway? I remember reading a fairy
tale in which a bathtup full of butter was used, but this now seems rather
far-fetched - seems like kerosene would be better. Does it take patches of skin
off with it? If so, it becomes a very horrible way to die, about like 90%
third-degree-burns.

What would prolonged contact with tar do to your skin? Is there a significant
skin-cancer risk?

(Please understand that I'm not seriously considering this for any posters
here. It was just one of those tangents that irresistably pushed itself on
me as I read about the wonderful healing power of garlic in a recent posting.)


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Mon, 19 Apr 1993 20:50:00 GMT
 
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