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(New York Daily News)   I'm sure in 2014 you can get uranium in any corner drugstore, but in 1955 it's a little hard to come by   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
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2014-04-16 07:23:42 AM  
Picatinny made Fark! And for something not related to a base closing!
 
2014-04-16 07:24:20 AM  
He was clearly trying to give his dog superpowers.

static1.nydailynews.com
 
2014-04-16 07:32:56 AM  
Pfft.

It's just uranium.
 
2014-04-16 07:42:14 AM  
New Jersey cops investigating a 911 hang up found a drunken man fighting with his wife and something a whole lot more explosive - canisters containing uranium resting on a bookcase, according to reports.

.....really?  This is why we can't have nice things.

I wonder what would happen if the media figured out the nitrogen makes up the bulk of our atmosphere.

"Local man found with bomb components hidden in his lungs! Stay tuned for the information that you need to stay safe."
 
2014-04-16 07:42:30 AM  
As man looking to offload a case of pinball machine parts, I wish he would have called me.
 
2014-04-16 07:45:03 AM  
I doubt there is anything more nefarious than theft going on, probably just wanted the cool containers.
 
2014-04-16 07:45:28 AM  
theinvisibleagent.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-16 07:46:40 AM  
He really should be keeping that stuff in the freezer.
 
2014-04-16 07:51:08 AM  

Deep Contact: [theinvisibleagent.files.wordpress.com image 460x265]


I had one of those. A hand-me-down from my uncles.

FTA: New Jersey cops investigating a 911 hang up found a drunken man fighting with his wife and something a whole lot more explosive - canisters containing uranium resting on a bookcase, according to reports.

Since when is U-235 an explosive? It is a radiological toxin. It doesn't farking explode. Idiots.

I weep for this country.
 
2014-04-16 07:56:20 AM  
Subby sounds snowflakey
 
2014-04-16 07:56:34 AM  
31.media.tumblr.com
i know some Lybians....
 
2014-04-16 07:56:35 AM  
t3.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-16 07:58:25 AM  
Something about that style of facial hair always seems to associate itself with truckers, hipsters, or wife beaters.

/sorry, Fruit of the Loom
//and Hanes
///slashies
 
2014-04-16 07:58:29 AM  
Deathfrogg:
Since when is U-235 an explosive? It is a radiological toxin. It doesn't farking explode. Idiots.

It's explosive in stolen form.
 
2014-04-16 08:00:37 AM  
Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?) But Amazon surely has your back!
 
2014-04-16 08:03:35 AM  
I would be more worried about the radiation poisoning that could possibly be taking place.

Also, did he have any kryptonite?
 
2014-04-16 08:05:28 AM  

Egoy3k: New Jersey cops investigating a 911 hang up found a drunken man fighting with his wife and something a whole lot more explosive - canisters containing uranium resting on a bookcase, according to reports.

.....really?  This is why we can't have nice things.

I wonder what would happen if the media figured out the nitrogen makes up the bulk of our atmosphere.

"Local man found with bomb components hidden in his lungs! Stay tuned for the information that you need to stay safe."


A few years ago a graphic artist labeled containers with chemical names and the percent found in air.  Ar - argon 0.93%. He was taking them to a trade show but wasn't allowed to take them on the plane. Can't be too sure about 'dem chemicals
 
2014-04-16 08:06:01 AM  
Nothing to see here, move along citizen

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-16 08:07:15 AM  
When did it become illegal? Or is that just for New Jersey?
 
2014-04-16 08:07:15 AM  
If you have a smoke detector, you probably have Americium in your home.

If you have granite counter tops, you probably have U235 in your home.

/faddish flip-that-house yuppie
 
2014-04-16 08:07:32 AM  

Egoy3k: New Jersey cops investigating a 911 hang up found a drunken man fighting with his wife and something a whole lot more explosive - canisters containing uranium resting on a bookcase, according to reports.

.....really?  This is why we can't have nice things.

I wonder what would happen if the media figured out the nitrogen makes up the bulk of our atmosphere.

"Local man found with bomb components hidden in his lungs! Stay tuned for the information that you need to stay safe."


Wait till they find out he had ingested massive quantities of the potentially explosive dihydrogen monoxide.
 
2014-04-16 08:08:05 AM  

Deathfrogg: Since when is U-235 an explosive? It is a radiological toxin. It doesn't farking explode. Idiots.


It does if you have 15 pounds of it. U-235 is the 'splody kind, not the depleted bullet kind (238).

Its impossible to get excited about this without knowing whether or not the material was refined. For all we know, its simply uranium ore. "Tests show"... what kind of tests? How pure is it?

Americium 241 in small quantities is nothing... You have it in your favorite smoke detector.
 
2014-04-16 08:09:04 AM  
Deathfrogg:

Since when is U-235 an explosive? It is a radiological toxin. It doesn't farking explode. Idiots.

I weep for this country.


I know, this is heavy.
 
2014-04-16 08:10:44 AM  
Before the cops arrived, he should have made like a tree and got the hell out of there.
 
2014-04-16 08:10:54 AM  
While you were fighting it out, 2014 and 1955, 1977 called. It wants that handlebar mustache back.
 
2014-04-16 08:12:01 AM  
 
2014-04-16 08:15:13 AM  

Deathfrogg: Since when is U-235 an explosive?


It's explosive just as soon as you bombard it with neutrons moving within a certain range of velocity (more commonly defined by energy).

What surprises me is that a company could be missing that much material, in multiple containers, and not know about it - at least within a month or so, depending on how often they're supposed to check them.
 
2014-04-16 08:19:21 AM  

brantgoose: While you were fighting it out, 2014 and 1955, 1977 called. It wants that handlebar mustache back.


Maybe he IS a time traveler.

/queue that Huey Lewis and the News track
 
2014-04-16 08:23:18 AM  

Destructor: Its impossible to get excited about this without knowing whether or not the material was refined. For all we know, its simply uranium ore. "Tests show"... what kind of tests? How pure is it?


Following the link in TFA, turns out it was uranium sulfate, so while (I think) it still could have been U-235, it definitely wasn't the splody kind of uranium.

EggSniper: It's explosive just as soon as you bombard it with neutrons moving within a certain range of velocity (more commonly defined by energy).


It's actually quite a lot easier than you make it sound - the design of Fat Man, for example, is well known, easily understood, and publicly available. It is usually the first design any country tries when developing nuclear weapons.

It's basically a gun (which is why it is called the gun type design). Take a uranium "target" of sub-critical mass. Use conventional explosives to fire a uranium "bullet" at the target. Result - one very large explosion..
 
2014-04-16 08:26:13 AM  

tallen702: Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?) But Amazon surely has your back!


The reviews are awesome.
 
2014-04-16 08:28:47 AM  

skinink: Before the cops arrived, he should have made like a tree and got the hell out of there.


That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.
 
2014-04-16 08:31:26 AM  

tallen702: Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?) But Amazon surely has your back!


I always enjoy reading the reviews on certain products.
 
2014-04-16 08:34:19 AM  

xanadian: tallen702: Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?) But Amazon surely has your back!

The reviews are awesome.


My fav: (1 Star) This is NOT, repeat, NOT a woman from the Ukraine. Very disappointed but can only blame myself. Please read description when sober
 
2014-04-16 08:36:11 AM  
 
2014-04-16 08:42:33 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: skinink: Before the cops arrived, he should have made like a tree and got the hell out of there.

That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.


why don't you make like a tree and bark
 
2014-04-16 08:52:36 AM  

EggSniper: Deathfrogg: Since when is U-235 an explosive?

It's explosive just as soon as you bombard it with neutrons moving within a certain range of velocity (more commonly defined by energy).

What surprises me is that a company could be missing that much material, in multiple containers, and not know about it - at least within a month or so, depending on how often they're supposed to check them.


He got it one piece at a time, and it didn't cost him a dime.
 
2014-04-16 08:53:01 AM  
I love the "highly illegal" part, what a joke, I did not know we now have phases og illegal:

Slightly illegal
Mildly illegal
Illegal
Mostly illegal
Really illegal
Highly illegal
Super illegal
Massively illegal

Those sample pigs are not much of a hazard
 
2014-04-16 08:53:21 AM  

CruJones: FirstNationalBastard: skinink: Before the cops arrived, he should have made like a tree and got the hell out of there.

That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.

why don't you make like a tree and bark


Actually, Biff's messed up similes/ metaphors were:

You're as useless as a screen door on a battleship
and
Why don't you make like a tree, and get out of here
 
2014-04-16 09:07:02 AM  

some_beer_drinker: [31.media.tumblr.com image 500x273]
i know some Lybians....


NTTAWWT
 
2014-04-16 09:09:20 AM  
i only have urinium around my house.  it's the new element i'm trying to alchemize from my own piss
 
2014-04-16 09:10:19 AM  
Yeah, I didn't have That particular chemistry set shown above but when I was a kid back around 1960 I did have a set that had one vial you couldn't open with a Tiny speck of what they claimed was Uranium. I thought that was pretty neat then even though you couldn't do anything with it.
 
2014-04-16 09:11:39 AM  

tallen702: Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?) But Amazon surely has your back!


Yep I bought one from them. It's a fun curiosity, and harmless unless you swallow it.
 
2014-04-16 09:14:26 AM  

oxycodon: You can buy it on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Images-SI-Inc-Uranium-Ore/dp/B000796XXM

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


I'd be a little more concerned if you could buy U-235, not the common U-238, on Amazon.
 
2014-04-16 09:17:34 AM  

Elegy: Destructor: Its impossible to get excited about this without knowing whether or not the material was refined. For all we know, its simply uranium ore. "Tests show"... what kind of tests? How pure is it?

Following the link in TFA, turns out it was uranium sulfate, so while (I think) it still could have been U-235, it definitely wasn't the splody kind of uranium.

EggSniper: It's explosive just as soon as you bombard it with neutrons moving within a certain range of velocity (more commonly defined by energy).

It's actually quite a lot easier than you make it sound - the design of Fat Man, for example, is well known, easily understood, and publicly available. It is usually the first design any country tries when developing nuclear weapons.

It's basically a gun (which is why it is called the gun type design). Take a uranium "target" of sub-critical mass. Use conventional explosives to fire a uranium "bullet" at the target. Result - one very large explosion..



WRONG!

Little Boy was the Gun type weapon used on Hiroshima 'cause they had a certainty that it would go off. Fat Man was the Implosion device used in the Trinity test to see if that design would work then it was dropped on Nagasaki.
 
2014-04-16 09:18:26 AM  

EggSniper: Deathfrogg: Since when is U-235 an explosive?

It's explosive just as soon as you bombard it with neutrons moving within a certain range of velocity (more commonly defined by energy).

What surprises me is that a company could be missing that much material, in multiple containers, and not know about it - at least within a month or so, depending on how often they're supposed to check them.


Don't be surprised. The DOE is missing several thousands of tons of that, as well as similar quantities of Plutonium. I was in a machine shop years ago that got a shipment of mild steel bars from Mexico or Brazil or something like that that was radioactive enough to have the DOE send a bunch of guys out with moon suits and a lead-lined box truck to pick up. Radiological contamination is actually pretty common, especially in metals shipments.
 
2014-04-16 09:19:24 AM  

Deathfrogg: Since when is U-235 an explosive?


It is if you couple it with the Uranium-235 explosive space modulator.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-16 09:22:05 AM  

Livinglush: tallen702: Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?) But Amazon surely has your back!

Yep I bought one from them. It's a fun curiosity, and harmless unless you swallow it.


s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-04-16 09:22:17 AM  
Americium 241?  Seriously?

We all have that in our homes -- just open up any smoke detector and check the little plastic and metal can inside.  It'll probably have a tiny radiation symbol and say something on the back like "contains 1.0 micro-curie of Americium-241".

It's a trivial amount, but if you wanted a breathless news story, it's there -- technically  In your home.  Right now.  It knows where you sleep.

/ meh
// and uranium is even less dangerous, unless you've got kilogram amounts of enriched U-235 -- but if this guy had that sort of thing, it'd be all over CNN -- even in front of that damn plane crash
 
2014-04-16 09:24:22 AM  

tallen702: Well, not EVERY corner drug store (do those really exist anymore?)


greenlumens.com
 
2014-04-16 09:24:59 AM  

jimpoz: Deathfrogg: Since when is U-235 an explosive?

It is if you couple it with the Uranium-235 explosive space modulator.

[i.imgur.com image 850x637]


Delays, delays.
 
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