Mercury among the big losers at the Toxies
Worst and Longest Running Performance: Mercury, a highly-toxic heavy metal found in compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, thermometers and more.Worst Makeup: Phthalates, a family of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible, but also present in fragrances, lotions, shampoos and cleaning products.Worst Replacement Actor in a Series: Methyl Iodide, a soil fumigant recently registered for use as a pesticide.Worst Performance in a School Drama: Hexavalent Chromium, a known carcinogen and most toxic form of the element chromium used in industrial processes.Worst Costume: Perchlorethylene, commonly used in dry cleaning but can cause dizziness, nausea and organ damage.Worst Ensemble Performance: Toluene (an organic solvent found in paints, glues and cleaning products), Formaldehyde (an organic solvent used in same applications as toluene, close relative to benzene.), and dibutyl-phthalate (DBP), a plasticizer used in nail polish to make it flexible.Worst Revival Performance: Perfluorinated chemicals (PFC), used as a water, stain and grease repellent with no known biological or environmental breakdown mechanism. Best known for role as Teflon used on nonstick cooking products.Worst Performance in a Horror Film: Hydrofluoric Acid, a compound used in the production of refrigerants, herbicides, aluminum, plastics and high-octane gasoline.Worst Breathtaking Performance: Formaldehyde (also part of the Toxic Trio), an organic solvent found in paints, glues and cleaning products, and a relative of benzene, which is known to cause leukemia.Worst Local Performance: Flame retardants, the family of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) used to slow flames is used in a variety of products, such as bedding and furniture, but can accumulate inside people, pets and the environment.Worst Stripper Performance: N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), an industrial solvent used in chemical processing, paint stripper and graffiti remover.Worst Special Effects: Perchlorate, an oxidizer used in fireworks, airbags, explosives and rocket fuel that can contaminate drinking water.Worst Underground Performance: Trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent that can contaminate drinking water.
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