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2a The term mad as a hatter is used to describe someone who is ‘mad’ or crazy.
b At room temperature, it can transform into vapor which can easily be inhaled by our lungs. It referred to a hat-making industry which led to mercury
poisoning. Long exposure to mercury vapors would cause that poisoning, emotional instability, hallucinations and speech problems. The poisoning of the
hat had led to people going insane. It first began with an industry using a toxic substance called mercury nitrate to turn the fur of small animals into felt for
hats. Once mercury vapor was inhaled, it can pass through cell membranes and the blood brain barrier. This is extremely dangerous and can affects the
brain, lungs, nervous system, stomach, skin, breasts. It was only found out at 1941 that the substance had caused them to behave insanely and once
someone has these symptoms like a rash, muscle pain, metallic taste in the mouth or vomiting, they would refer it to a ‘mad hatter’s disease’.
c A man called Theophilus Carter was an owner of a furniture shop with a top hat on all the time. His personality was known to be a bit abnormal and as
he got so popular they nick-named him ‘The Mad Hatter’. It wasn’t as though he was poisoned, but the way his actions are shown are being described.
3. Minamata disease is mainly caused from seafood. Once methyl mercury enters and absorbs in the body, and the amount and level of the substance his
very high, it can most likely cause nerve damage. It began with the biggest company called Chisso. They released waste into the Minamata bay where
planktons would eat the mercury. This is because one of the pollutants was methyl mercury. Larger fish who would eat smaller contaminated animals
would also get infected, and this would pass on down to the food chain. As seafood is mainly eaten by humans, we would get infected too, and therefore,
we’ll be sick.
4. Recycling mercury-containing products, and replacing mercury-made things is a way where we can reduce mercury pollution into our water systems.

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