Thomas Midgley Jr., a mechanical engineer and chemist, was not only responsible for the invention of leaded gasoline, the main source of air pollution today, but also several other products that would make environmentalists cringe.

Experimental trivia: Quests to Destroy the World
Experimental trivia: Quests to Destroy the World

In attempt to prove, however, that it wasn’t really so bad (in spite of numerous employees getting sick), he washed his hands in the gasoline mixture and inhaled the fumes for 60 seconds.

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