Iconic Film Used Asbestos as Fake Snow

Remember the poppy fields scene in the Wizard of Oz? Where Dorothy and co. are lulled to sleep by the Wicked Witch's spell while getting snowed on?

It turns out that "snow" effect was created by showering the cast with chrysotile asbestos fibers. During the mid 1930s through the 1950s, asbestos was a cheap (and thought to be harmless) substance used on movie sets and even department stores and private homes! Read the whole article here.