Chemistry mystery solved: The death of Chris McCandless


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  1. blaisepascal

    This article solved for me an unrelated mystery. Oliver Sacks described a patient of his with a crippling untreatable neurological disease caused by being forced to eat "chick beans" in a Nazi concentration camp. I have never been able to identify what "chick beans" were, or to confirm that it wasn't a mistype for "chick peas", which I do eat.

    Now I know "chick beans" are a mystype for "grass pea", also known as chickling vetch.

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