Downfall

black and white image of Charlie Chaplin

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 31 August 2021, generate.

As the Second World War hit the pits,
Many plans to the Führer outwit,
But the plot most macabre,
To use poisoned rhubarb,
And to give poor old Adolf the shits.

This is something you probably all know, but because I don’t like rhubarb, I had to look it up. Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, which is poisonous to us. One of the symptoms, apparently, is diarrhea.

It must be present in quite small quantities, though, because one of the sites I looked at estimates you’d have to eat about 7 lbs in a single sitting to receive a lethal dose.


Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

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