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But in Barney's defense, people threw acid on each other at this time as casually as we now say "hello." They threw acid on their exes, spouses, parents, children, landlords, tenants, bosses, employees and co-workers, and on random passersby too. If they weren't throwing acid, it was probably because they were throwing lye, which is a base but has pretty much the same effect. To see what I mean, check out the acid attack thread over at The Hope Chest.
Anyway, rest assured that Barney Bush received his full comeuppance, as we see from this follow-up coverage from the Chicago Tribune: