How are sharks and Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter alike?

Images from "Finding Nemo" (left) and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," courtesy Disney.

Images from “Finding Nemo” (left) and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” courtesy Disney.

Mercury poisoning. Sharks can be poisoned by mercury in the water, just as the Mad Hatter was likely poisoned by exposure to mercury used in making felt for hats.

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Posted: 26 July 2013
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