You gotta love the chutzpah of chemists in the 1920s going 'hmm, we need a completely safe and non-toxic gas for fridges because ammonia is killing people... I know, how about mashing up those two greatest hits of chemical safety, Chlorine and Fluorine! Cos see, two super-poisons will fight each other and PROBABLY not release deadly toxic bone-eating hydrofluoric acid gas into your kitchen. Probably.'
and then much later: 'whoops, but they do eat the literal sky'
This Wikipedia page about him is really great
Thomas Midgley: Hey, I just invented tetraethyllead
Also Thomas Midgley: Hold my beer…
"Progress is good, and therefore anything new that isn't obviously dangerous is probably safe"
@natecull Those lead poisonings may have been a contributing factor...
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