Ironic Moments From Modern History

Explosive called 'Elixir of Immortality'

30. Explosive called ‘Elixir of Immortality’

The discovery of gunpowder was quite a monumental one in the history of mankind. It has been used in several conflicts and battles, causing deaths by the thousands and millions over the centuries. But when a Chinese tribe first stumbled upon the substance, they found it mysterious.

As gunpowder was later refined and studied by Chinese scientists, one of them called it ‘an elixir of immortality’. Immortality? Quite a curious choice of words. Little did he know that he was dealing with something that would later go on to cause death and destruction across the world. 

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