From the Vault: Don't Drink the Salt Water

'The Ship Fled the Storm' by Gustave Dore, illustration to 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' Culture Club / Getty Images

Whether you draw your wisdom from 18th century poems or experience in the surf, you probably know that drinking seawater is a terrible idea. But exactly why shouldn’t you drink saltwater? What happens if you do? Can it really drive you mad with hallucinations? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick look to the world of biology for answers. (Originally published Jan. 16, 2018)

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Topics in this Podcast: biology, ocean, Chemistry