The Great Cottonmouth-Catching Get-Rich-Quick Scheme of 1956

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Ron Gollobin’s love of reptiles led him not once, but twice on ‘get-rich-quick’ ventures. When he was 15, he spent summer weekends hitchhiking 50 miles from home, catching water moccasins, and milking them for their venom, after seeing an advertisement for labs willing to pay 400 USD for an ounce of dried venom. It would have worked perfectly…except the advert didn’t specify the need for the venom to be profesionally purified prior to use. Read full article here

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