February 11th, 2004

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Well that Was Quick...

A little on early Chinese History...

The first "Empire" of China was that of the Qin Dynasty established in 221 BCE when the Qin defeated the Eastern Zhou... It lasted all of 15 years...

For those who don't know much on Chinese History let me give you a little bit of perspective I guess.. the Qin is most famous for the Terra Cotta Warriors.. and it's king became the First Emperor of China.

This is what I find a kicker. He was so determined to live for ever and for his kingdom to reign for "10, 000 generations" that he had alchemists working hard to develop the pill of immortality. In the end the Emperor died from the very pill that was meant to prolong his life. The reason.... the alchemists were using Mercury as their choice ingredient for the pill. Scholars say he died of Mercury Poisoning.... I like to say that stupidity killed him... but that is not fair of me... :) how were they suppose to know Mercury was lethal.... so much for the pill of immortality, but they did seem to develop an effective pill for it's negation.
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