Roman Cloth and Asbestos

I just learned that the Romans used asbestos in their table cloths, napkins and sometimes clothes. After dinner they would simply throw the napkins and table cloth into the fire to burn off the food, and the cloth would come out whiter than before. This is why they called it “amiantus” meaning unpolluted.

The problem is that the last time I was in Rome, I bought a really nice tunic. After learning that they sometimes wove asbestos into the cloth, I decided I had better test it. Sure enough, its fire proof.

Now what the Hell am I gonna do with an asbestos tunic! The thing is an environmental hazard!

I guess I am just going to have to take it back.
Back to the time machine!

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