14 Feb '12, 3pm

Did fracking turn this squirrel purple?

One of the explanations being floated for the purple squirrel recently captured in Pennsylvania : An organobromide overdose caused by fracking. Yeah, it sounds a little far-fetched, but doesn’t it sound more interesting than “it fell in a port-a-potty”? AccuWeather quotes Krish Pillai , a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, postulating that a bromine compound caused the unusual color: This is not good at all. That color looks very much like Tyrian purple. It is a natural organobromide compound seen in molluscs and rarely found in land animals. The squirrel (possibly) has too much bromide in its system. Man, I used to work really hard to get my hair this color. Are you telling me I could have just been ingesting organobromides all this time? Tyrian purple dye is an organobromide compound, that much is true — but having a dye-related compound in your system d...

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