Thread: Chewing cordite
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Old 03 April 2014, 09:41 AM
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In Frederick Forsyth's novel Day of the Jackal a character advises the Jackal to chew two or three small pieces of cordite to simulate illness, saying it produces a kind of gray pallor and (IIRC) mild fever symptoms, and that it was used by soldiers to fake being sick to get out of route marches. I don't know if there's any substance to that theory, but I suppose there could be a connection between that and the intoxication rumor.
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