Spyanide

In 1942, a German spy collecting intelligence on US military personnel during WWII takes his own life with liquid hydrogen cyanide (issued to him for this exact reason) when he thinks his cover is blown.

DURING WORLD WAR II,

THE GERMANS DIDWHATEVER THEY COULD

TO OBTAIN INTELLIGENCEAGAINST THE U.S.

THAT INCLUDED USINGAMATEUR SPIES,

LIKE MAX.

MAX WAS A U.S. CITIZEN,

BUT HE SYMPATHIZEDWITH THE NAZIS.

HE WAS HERETO MEET HIS CONTACT

FOR HIS FIRST SPY MISSION.

ONE LAST THING ABOUT MAX...

- IT'S COLDTHIS TIME OF YEAR.

announcer: HE WAS AN IDIOT.

- YOU KIDDIN'?IT'S BEAUTIFUL OUT HERE.

- GERMAN ESPIONAGEIN THE UNITED STATES

WAS PREVALENT DURINGWORLD WAR II.

THE INFORMATION GETTINGBACK TO GERMANY,

UM, TYPICALLY WAS LATE

OR IT WAS INACCURATEINFORMATION.

ONE OF THE MAIN PROBLEMSWITH BEING A SPY

IS IT'S DIFFICULT TO KNOWWHO YOU CAN TALK TO

AND WHO YOU CAN'T TALK TO,

BECAUSE YOUR TYPICAL SENTENCEAFTER BEING CAUGHT IS DEATH.

announcer:HIS PHONY GERMAN ACCENT

AND INQUIRIESABOUT THE WEATHER

WERE GETTING HIM OFFTO A SLOW START.

- EXCUSE ME.

IS IT COLDTHIS TIME OF YEAR?

- NO.- NO.

IT'S NOT.

- I AGREE.

IT IS RATHER COLD.

- OH.

announcer: FINALLY,HE MADE CONTACT.

THE CHANCES THAT MAXHAD ANYTHING OF VALUE WERE SLIM.

- I'LL SHOW YOU PICTURES.

PLACES I'VE BEEN.

announcer: BUT EVEN A MORONCOULD STUMBLE

ONTO SOMETHING USEFUL.

- VERY GOOD.VERY NICE.

announcer:HIS SPY MEETING OVER,

MAXWELL STUPID HEADED OUT.

BUT THEN,HIS WORST NIGHTMARE.

- HEY! HEY YOU!

HEY, WAIT A MINUTE!

announcer:HIS COVER WAS BLOWN.

- HEY!

HEY! WAIT A MINUTE.

announcer: RATHER THANGETTING CAUGHT,

MAX PLAYED THE GOOD SPY

AND SWALLOWEDSOME CYANIDE PILLS

HE HAD GOTTEN HIS HANDS ON.

- [groaning]

announcer: BUT...HE JUMPED THE GUN.

HIS AMERICAN COUNTERPARTWAS JUST A DO-GOODER

TRYING TO RETURNHIS NOTEBOOK.

- CYANIDE CANCONFUSE THE BODY.

EFFECTIVELY,IT CAN GET STUCK

IN WHAT WE CALLTHE MITOCHONDRIA,

WHICH CREATES ENERGYFOR THE BODY.

WHEN POTASSIUM CYANIDE ISPICKED UP BY THE MITOCHONDRIA,

IT SHUTS DOWNTHE METABOLIC PATHWAY.

SO WITHIN SECONDS TO MINUTES,

THE CYANIDE CAN STARTCAUSING ITS POISONED EFFECTS,

AND YOU DIE BECAUSE THERE'SNO MORE ENERGY AVAILABLE.

announcer: MAX WAS A TRAITORWHO DESERVED TO DIE.

- HEY, YOU!

announcer: IN THE END,HE DID HIS COUNTRY A FAVOR...

BY DOING HIMSELF IN.

- HEY!

announcer: DANKE SCHOEN.

DUMMKOPF.

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