Watch: Could the Joker Venom Really Make You Die Laughing?

Could the Joker’s infamous toxin really kill you and leave a smile on your face? Nerdist’s Kyle Hill breaks down the toxin’s cited chemical components and investigates whether it could plausibly produce the observed effects in the latest episode of Because Science.In the Batman comics, movies, and cartoons, the Joker toxin quickly kills its victims, but not before it causes them to hallucinate and laugh uncontrollably, and then spasms the muscles of their faces into a nightmarish smile. According to Detective Comics #867, the venom consists of a “deadly combination” of strychnine, cyanide, meth, ecstasy, and laughing gas. The meth, ecstasy, and laughing gas would reasonably be able to cause hallucinations and uncontrollable laughter, so the question is whether the poisons strychnine and cyanide could take care of the rest. Cyanide is a…


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