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(Jalopnik)   Nuclear device falls off the back of a truck somewhere in WV or PA. Police on the lookout for radioactive rednecks or atomic Amish   (jalopnik.com) divider line 46
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2013-05-15 06:49:59 AM  
Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?
imageshack.us
 
2013-05-15 07:39:09 AM  
Love the definition of 'nuclear device' here. Say, my smoke detectors have trace amounts of radioactive material - I have *nuclear devices all over my home*!
 
2013-05-15 07:51:27 AM  
lh3.ggpht.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-15 07:59:53 AM  
I looked at the product page for the lost nuclear device. You need an NRC license to operate it.
 
2013-05-15 08:38:58 AM  

stratagos: Love the definition of 'nuclear device' here. Say, my smoke detectors have trace amounts of radioactive material - I have *nuclear devices all over my home*!


durrr hey I have a banana durr maybe that is a nuclear device too derpa derpa
 
2013-05-15 08:39:19 AM  
The Hills Have Eyes Part 3?
 
2013-05-15 08:41:55 AM  

ZAZ: I looked at the product page for the lost nuclear device. You need an NRC license to operate it.


What's it got in it?  Technically smoke detectors are "nuclear devices", is this thing any more dangerous?  If it fell into the wrong hands, would anyone even be able to operate it?
 
2013-05-15 08:43:33 AM  
"Atomic Amish" is my new band name.

/probably get sued by Hostile Omish
 
2013-05-15 08:45:27 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: "Atomic Amish" is my new band name.

/probably get sued by Hostile Omish


Damn you, beat me to it.

/tiny fists
 
2013-05-15 08:47:58 AM  
www.warrelics.eu
"I got the poopie on me!"
 
2013-05-15 08:48:30 AM  
If only there was some sort of device to prevent things from falling from trucks.
 
2013-05-15 08:50:40 AM  
I'm surprised this crap happens with all the locks that are required when transporting these things.
 
2013-05-15 08:50:47 AM  
Someone named Otto is being sought for questioning.
 
2013-05-15 08:50:47 AM  
Atomic Amish would make a hell of a Rollerderby Team Name.

/hot
 
2013-05-15 08:54:26 AM  
False Flag operation!!!!

This is an excuse for Obama to setup "safety camps" to round up everyone in both states before he force them to kneel down in the direction of Mecca and pledge allegiance to Allah.  Anyone that refuses he'll have their heads chopped off.  Anyone that does pledge will get a bullet to the back of the head instead except all the white women which he'll keep for his harem.
 
2013-05-15 08:56:48 AM  

tkirby


"I got the poopie on me!"


"I got the poo on me." No pie.


That is an underrated movie.
 
2013-05-15 08:58:19 AM  

monoski: The Hills Have Eyes Part 3?


I'm going to guess it's the sixth installment of the ripoff series, Wrong Turn 6: The Inbreds Get Radioactive Superpowers and Take On a Military Base.
 
2013-05-15 08:58:38 AM  
I was going to tell a cool story about how my previous job was writing software that collected/analyzed data from similar devices on our solar encapsulant production lines, and how the devices in question didn't contain actual radioactive materials - they were more like magnetron in your microwave oven... then I looked up the device...

Never mind, contains actual radioactive material... this is a whole different ballgame.

Stupidly expensive equipment to boot.

Still, hopefully, the "WARNING: RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL" will be enough to convince whomever finds it to return it instead of trying to sell it.
 
2013-05-15 08:59:32 AM  

RangerTaylor: Pants full of macaroni!!: "Atomic Amish" is my new band name.

/probably get sued by Hostile Omish

Damn you, beat me to it.

/tiny fists


*thirded*
 
2013-05-15 09:00:18 AM  
Fell off the back of a truck?

OHAI!
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-15 09:02:10 AM  
But, will it cook a chcken? Next up on the infomercial circuit...the NuTroxler!
 
2013-05-15 09:02:59 AM  

nekom: ZAZ: I looked at the product page for the lost nuclear device. You need an NRC license to operate it.

What's it got in it?  Technically smoke detectors are "nuclear devices", is this thing any more dangerous?  If it fell into the wrong hands, would anyone even be able to operate it?


"Operating it" involves sticking a probe into the ground, to measure density. They use it for making sure building foundations/road beds etc are fully compacted.

I'd imagine the concern is that it's a gamma source, so if you decided to take it apart and play with the shiny metal, it would be bad. Not sure what the source is, but it's typically operated by construction guys, so we're not talking particle physics here...
 
2013-05-15 09:09:03 AM  
Radioactive Rednecks = Electric Bluegrass Band?
 
2013-05-15 09:11:47 AM  

KyngNothing: nekom: ZAZ: I looked at the product page for the lost nuclear device. You need an NRC license to operate it.

What's it got in it?  Technically smoke detectors are "nuclear devices", is this thing any more dangerous?  If it fell into the wrong hands, would anyone even be able to operate it?

"Operating it" involves sticking a probe into the ground, to measure density. They use it for making sure building foundations/road beds etc are fully compacted.

I'd imagine the concern is that it's a gamma source, so if you decided to take it apart and play with the shiny metal, it would be bad. Not sure what the source is, but it's typically operated by construction guys, so we're not talking particle physics here...


So worst case scenario, some idiot takes it apart for scrap and gets radiation poisoning?
 
2013-05-15 09:25:13 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: "Atomic Amish" is my new band name.

/probably get sued by Hostile Omish


Fine.

I'll go with Nuclear Narcissist and will prove that we are the better band.
 
2013-05-15 09:25:42 AM  
I wonder just why these situations are not used by NERT/NEST as live training.  Supposedly they can find this stuff fast, but obviously the real danger is minimal,mor there would be more of an effort to find this than a public note to call if you happen to stumble on it.
 
2013-05-15 09:31:49 AM  
I'm going on a treasure hunt!
 
2013-05-15 09:31:51 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: tkirby

"I got the poopie on me!"


"I got the poo on me." No pie.


That is an underrated movie.


Too obscure for me...

Hint?

stratagos: Love the definition of 'nuclear device' here. Say, my smoke detectors have trace amounts of radioactive material - I have *nuclear devices all over my home*!


It is a lot more than a trace amount.

A Cesium-137 source, and an Americium-241 Beryllium-9 source that can be used for Gamma and Neutron measurements in the ground isn't something you want laying around.
 
2013-05-15 09:33:50 AM  
Someone looking for me?

i209.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-15 09:36:38 AM  

liam76


Too obscure for me...

Hint?


The cast includes David Spade, Christopher Walken, Dennis Miller, Jamie Pressly, Adam Beach, and Kid Rock.
 
2013-05-15 09:38:48 AM  
What I thought of when I read nuclear device:

www.radmeters4u.com


What most people think of when they hear nuclear device.

nuclearsecrecy.com

/Perhaps I'm too trusting.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-15 09:42:13 AM  
So worst case scenario, some idiot takes it apart for scrap and gets radiation poisoning?

Worst case, some idiot takes it apart and passes the warm ball of metal on to the neighborhood kids as a toy. It happened in Mexico, if I recall correctly.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-15 09:48:33 AM  
I might be thinking of this incident: NUCLEAR SPILL AT JUAREZ LOOMS AS ONE OF WORST (NYT, May 1, 1984), but the details are different.
 
2013-05-15 09:51:48 AM  
dorkshelf.com
 
2013-05-15 09:55:55 AM  
Amish- carrying the first generation definition of red neck to infinity and beyond.  The sun tends to beat down on exposed necks when you're bending over and using a hoe or rake.

So I say  "Atomic Amish Rednecks"
 
2013-05-15 10:17:59 AM  
Hey, I've used one of those before. It's still not as powerful as our old radioisotope camera. I can't imagine the shiatstorm if we lost one of those. The NRC has got to be pissed.
 
2013-05-15 10:52:35 AM  

Guuberre: Radioactive Rednecks = Electric Bluegrass Band?


Nope, Zac Brown Band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef201LbbAPE
 
2013-05-15 10:54:59 AM  

liam76: It is a lot more than a trace amount.

A Cesium-137 source, and an Americium-241 Beryllium-9 source that can be used for Gamma and Neutron measurements in the ground isn't something you want laying around.


Exactly.  10 millicuries (mCi) of Cs-137, 40 mCi of Am-241 to be exact.  A smoke detector will usually have a picocurie-level Am-241 source that only gives off alpha radiation, which isn't penetrating.  Gammas and neutrons are quite penetrating, which is why they're used in this application.

bmwericus: I wonder just why these situations are not used by NERT/NEST as live training.  Supposedly they can find this stuff fast, but obviously the real danger is minimal,mor there would be more of an effort to find this than a public note to call if you happen to stumble on it.


Because we use the DHS or state environmental protection teams that are supposed to do it.  They need the experience, too.  And the danger to the public is pretty small, though as with all things in life the moron that ignores the "Caution - Radioactive Material" labels while disassembling this thing with a crowbar and then smearing all over his kids and dog is always a high probability.
 
2013-05-15 11:07:10 AM  
Probably down in green county at a yard sale right now.
 
2013-05-15 11:15:41 AM  

RangerTaylor: Pants full of macaroni!!: "Atomic Amish" is my new band name.

/probably get sued by Hostile Omish

Damn you, beat me to it.

/tiny fists


And you sir beat me to saying he me beat me to it

/Shakes even tinier fists
 
2013-05-15 11:18:10 AM  
yeah I can see people freakin out if they don't read the article..

"The bright yellow gauge is commonly used in road construction for taking measurements in the ground"

doesn't sound nearly as bad
 
2013-05-15 11:32:21 AM  

nekom: KyngNothing: nekom: ZAZ: I looked at the product page for the lost nuclear device. You need an NRC license to operate it.

What's it got in it?  Technically smoke detectors are "nuclear devices", is this thing any more dangerous?  If it fell into the wrong hands, would anyone even be able to operate it?

"Operating it" involves sticking a probe into the ground, to measure density. They use it for making sure building foundations/road beds etc are fully compacted.

I'd imagine the concern is that it's a gamma source, so if you decided to take it apart and play with the shiny metal, it would be bad. Not sure what the source is, but it's typically operated by construction guys, so we're not talking particle physics here...

So worst case scenario, some idiot takes it apart for scrap and gets radiation poisoning?


The material tends to spread around and poison others.  See Goiânia accident
 
2013-05-15 11:52:00 AM  

Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer: [lh3.ggpht.com image 850x531]


Are my pecan pies still in the back seat?
 
2013-05-15 12:58:37 PM  
Good lord, again? this is at least the third time one of these "fell of the back of a truck" in the past couple years
 
2013-05-15 01:58:34 PM  
Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense. Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year.
 
2013-05-15 02:54:27 PM  
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