Thursday, 7 July 2011

Public order learning curve

This Greek chap isn't wearing sunblock but Maalox. Rhone-Poulenc's antacid remedy has become the must-have demo accessory of the year and sales are booming. For why? It neutralises tear gas - not actually a gas at all but a powder (2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile) that reacts with moisture on the skin, and which the aluminium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide in Maalox very effectively stops irritating the eyes and mucous membranes. 


It reminds me of that old saw about the Swiss and cuckoo clocks; conflict rapidly brings in its wake an accelerated development of both offensive and defensive solutions. But fails to answer why the Maalox solution was not discovered in Northern Ireland, often once clouded with CS gas ....

7 comments:

measured said...

Didn't they ban the OTC sale of Maalox for our own protection?

Raedwald said...

Available to buy online - about £4 per 500ml

James Higham said...

Ah, we'd best get out and buy some then. We might be on the street soon.

Anonymous said...

can you really put Maalox in your eyes and lungs?

Raedwald said...

Anon - no, hence the goggles and respirator in the pic, obviously. But the Maalox neutralises contaminant transfer from the skin.

Nathaniel Bailey Web Developer said...

lol, who said you can fight the law!
No matter what is thrown at protesters, they will find a way to fight back, its just human nature!

Walker said...

Available to buy online - about £4 per 500ml