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2021-01-12 8:46:37 PM  
The gauge contains approximately 8 millicuries Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries Americium-241...Although the gauge poses a potential public health risk, it does not contain enough radioactive material to be used for an explosive device.

Oh, brother.
 
2021-01-12 10:41:39 PM  
I own a few.
 
2021-01-12 10:54:38 PM  
A gauge containing radioactive material was stolen from a private driveway in West Memphis, Arkansas.

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2021-01-12 11:41:29 PM  
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I hope she used protection.
 
2021-01-12 11:55:33 PM  
Can we name the box Pandora?
 
2021-01-12 11:56:46 PM  
Don't tell anyone, but I've got a bunch of Americium in about a dozen devices around my home.
 
2021-01-13 12:03:13 AM  
Just your average day in Memphis...
 
2021-01-13 12:03:26 AM  
A gauge was stolen from a driveway in West Memphis Arkansas.
 
2021-01-13 12:05:00 AM  
How do we guage this situation?
 
2021-01-13 12:06:35 AM  
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Inconsolable.
 
2021-01-13 12:09:24 AM  
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2021-01-13 12:09:36 AM  
Did you check in the trunk of J. Frank Parnell's car?
 
2021-01-13 12:11:00 AM  
How well does it dissolve in tea??
 
2021-01-13 12:14:06 AM  
Wanted for questioning:

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2021-01-13 12:18:36 AM  

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I hope she used protection.


If so then at any one time she might be approximately 40% latex
 
2021-01-13 12:23:26 AM  

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I hope she used protection.


damn it now i have to go to my bunk.
 
2021-01-13 12:24:05 AM  
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2021-01-13 12:24:24 AM  
God help us if it gets in the snow.
 
2021-01-13 12:25:04 AM  
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2021-01-13 12:25:38 AM  

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I guess we both saw the same movie.
 
2021-01-13 12:26:50 AM  

jtown: Wanted for questioning:

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He's terminally unavailable for comment.
 
2021-01-13 12:26:57 AM  
I  can't believe you can just walk around with 8 milligrams of cesium-137.  I had trouble figuring out that a curie is the equivalent of 1 gram of radium. So, 8 millicuries of cesium 137 is the equivalent of 8 milligrams of radium.

Wasn't there a noir in the late 40s about a pickpocket who got a hold of some radioactive material?
 
2021-01-13 12:27:07 AM  
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2021-01-13 12:27:37 AM  

maxwellton: WhippingBoi: [klausming.files.wordpress.com image 386x386]

I guess we both saw the same movie.


I watch it twice a year, at least.
 
2021-01-13 12:28:46 AM  

Unobtanium: The gauge contains approximately 8 millicuries Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries Americium-241...Although the gauge poses a potential public health risk, it does not contain enough radioactive material to be used for an explosive device.

Oh, brother.


At least in theory, some Am-241 would fission with fast neutrons in a bomb (or fast breeder reactor) if for some reason you built a bomb with some.  Wouldn't make the bomb work any better, but wouldn't be entirely dead weight.  Cs... well... it's reactive in water, so I guess that's kinda explosive?

/ Oh, brother is right, just being pedantic.
 
2021-01-13 12:30:08 AM  
Sure it was.  Some insurrectionist got their hands on it.
 
2021-01-13 12:30:55 AM  
Did the thief get a Covid shot prior to the theft? Because that has supervillain written all over it.
 
2021-01-13 12:31:09 AM  

vudukungfu: I own a few.


Civil engineer?

Dad carried one of those to check compaction in sub-base and base layers of paving jobs. Airport aprons and the like.

I don't think he had to wear a badge for it.
 
2021-01-13 12:33:28 AM  
Unless you used the extended probe as a dildo, it really can't hurt you.

/Have to use one occasionally
//Get more radiation from the sun while I'm on the job site
 
2021-01-13 12:36:10 AM  
The Goiânia accident involved a source with about 51 terabecquerels of cesium-137. One curie equals 37 GBq, so one millicurie equals 37 MBq. 48 millicuries equal 1.8 GBq or about a 28,000th as much as the Goiânia source.
 
2021-01-13 12:39:09 AM  

The Reverend Sam Hill: The Goiânia accident involved a source with about 51 terabecquerels of cesium-137. One curie equals 37 GBq, so one millicurie equals 37 MBq. 48 millicuries equal 1.8 GBq or about a 28,000th as much as the Goiânia source.

The Goiânia accident [ɡojˈjɐniɐ] was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on September 13, 1987, in Goiânia, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, after a forgotten radiotherapy source was taken from an abandoned hospital site in the city. It was subsequently handled by many people, resulting in four deaths. About 112,000 people were examined for radioactive contamination and 249 of them were found to have been contaminated.


Now they do it with covid....
 
2021-01-13 12:50:52 AM  

The Reverend Sam Hill: The Goiânia accident involved a source with about 51 terabecquerels of cesium-137. One curie equals 37 GBq, so one millicurie equals 37 MBq. 48 millicuries equal 1.8 GBq or about a 28,000th as much as the Goiânia source.


We've watched so many British murder mysteries since March that I can't remember which one used that incident as the engine of the plot. The show modified it by moving it from Brazil to England, of course, but the mishandled disposal of medical equipment was the same. I thought it was a bit of a stretch, but what do I know? (I'd never heard of the incident until you mentioned it.) We're unbelievably dependent on people just doing the right thing.
 
2021-01-13 12:51:34 AM  

olorin604: How well does it dissolve in tea??


Alright, let's try that again after having reported myself.

First of all, that depends on how good your blender is.  Will it blend?  (don't breathe that)

Also, (massive grossness warning for the latter part of the video, which includes images of severe radiation burns and is neither safe for life nor lunch, so stop after they recover the devices if you don't want to see that)

A Brief History of: The Lia Radiological Accident (Short Documentary)
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2021-01-13 1:01:17 AM  

The Reverend Sam Hill: jtown: Wanted for questioning:

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Something Something lead-lined coffin.
 
2021-01-13 1:07:56 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Sure it was.  Some insurrectionist got their hands on it.


Which is only nominally bad under normal circumstances, but with recent events that becomes more problematic. A moron would try to make a dirty bomb out of this which would do little more than make post-bombjng cleanup a hair more adventurous. A well-read moron might actually try to replicate the David Hahn breeder reactor and try and make something a bit more hazardous out of it, and then thatbomb's impact would be more long-term for extended health hazards and rate a superfund cleanup. The victims might actually wind up with a lower than average cancer rate, unless they inhaled the smoke and dust which changes things for the worse.
 
2021-01-13 1:19:45 AM  
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2021-01-13 1:24:43 AM  

yakmans_dad: The Reverend Sam Hill: The Goiânia accident involved a source with about 51 terabecquerels of cesium-137. One curie equals 37 GBq, so one millicurie equals 37 MBq. 48 millicuries equal 1.8 GBq or about a 28,000th as much as the Goiânia source.

We've watched so many British murder mysteries since March that I can't remember which one used that incident as the engine of the plot. The show modified it by moving it from Brazil to England, of course, but the mishandled disposal of medical equipment was the same. I thought it was a bit of a stretch, but what do I know? (I'd never heard of the incident until you mentioned it.) We're unbelievably dependent on people just doing the right thing.


It has happened several times, enough to be plausible in every major language. There was a cross-border incident in the late 80s or early 90s with an abandoned X-ray machine that actually used barium or radium as the emitter source; some Mexicans hauled it off for metal scrap value and it went into a smelter; the incident was discovered when a shipment of "hot" steel arrived for a construction project at Los Alamos.

Kinda sad and scary.  That's just the ones we know about; oilfield equipment can get rather hot from uranium which is apparently highly water soluble. It makes the pipes "hot" from the contaminated waste water and used-up drilling fluid, and the filter socks can be obscenely hot. Florida fossils have enough uranium in them that a physicist at my former job told me that my collection was putting out about an x-ray's dose of ionizing an hour and "not to sleep with it under [my] pillow at night". There was a phosphate mining tilling pond in south Florida near the Peace River deposits area that recently imploded and released millions of gallons of radioactive water back into the water table and possibly the north edge of the Miami aquifer.

Granite countertops ... bananas ... old dinnerware... old smoke alarms ... Western New York housing developments... no matter where you go you can collect an impressive amount of radioactive materials to use for any number of bad purposes if you really want them bad enough.
 
2021-01-13 1:41:54 AM  

The Reverend Sam Hill: The Goiânia accident involved a source with about 51 terabecquerels of cesium-137. One curie equals 37 GBq, so one millicurie equals 37 MBq. 48 millicuries equal 1.8 GBq or about a 28,000th as much as the Goiânia source.


48 mCi is in the range used for some medical treatments. 

https://www.drugs.com/pro/i-131-mini.​h​tml

Sodium Iodide I-131 (NaI-131) for therapeutic use is supplied for oral administration in small opaque white gelatin capsules, inside a blue and clear outer capsule. Each I-131 Mini capsule is available in strengths ranging from (0.1 - 150 mCi) at the time of calibration.
 
2021-01-13 2:01:28 AM  
Back in annual radiation safety classes required to keep our lab license to use microcurie Fe-55 sources (focal plane array reference standards), they would entertain us with the story of a pipeline welding inspector who one day decided it would be convenient to carry his inspection source in his back pocket like a can of Skoal.

Long story short, it burned a hole in his ass.

That never healed.

Dumbass.
 
2021-01-13 2:44:28 AM  

Unobtanium: The gauge contains approximately 8 millicuries Cesium-137 and 40 millicuries Americium-241...Although the gauge poses a potential public health risk, it does not contain enough radioactive material to be used for an explosive device.

Oh, brother.


Username checks out

/kidding aside, wow the stupidity of that statement in TFA
 
2021-01-13 3:43:39 AM  

thespindrifter: backhand.slap.of.reason: Sure it was.  Some insurrectionist got their hands on it.

Which is only nominally bad under normal circumstances, but with recent events that becomes more problematic. A moron would try to make a dirty bomb out of this which would do little more than make post-bombjng cleanup a hair more adventurous. A well-read moron might actually try to replicate the David Hahn breeder reactor and try and make something a bit more hazardous out of it, and then thatbomb's impact would be more long-term for extended health hazards and rate a superfund cleanup. The victims might actually wind up with a lower than average cancer rate, unless they inhaled the smoke and dust which changes things for the worse.


But knowing these idiots, they probably would have NO idea or understand what anything beyond
"It's radioactive"  means..If they used the probe ends and airisolized the stuff, what they would mostly
do is contaminate their own people who would breath it in and probably get a nice case of lung cancer
(because they also wouldn't be wearing masks)...All it takes is a pin point dot of that stuff jammed into
the nice regularly re-generating lung tissue and your chances of cancer rocket up..
 
2021-01-13 7:48:56 AM  
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2021-01-13 8:04:32 AM  

thespindrifter: It has happened several times, enough to be plausible in every major language. There was a cross-border incident in the late 80s or early 90s with an abandoned X-ray machine that actually used barium or radium as the emitter source; some Mexicans hauled it off for metal scrap value and it went into a smelter; the incident was discovered when a shipment of "hot" steel arrived for a construction project at Los Alamos.


We bought a retired dentist's house. Most of his equipment was still there when we got the tour. He said he found a dentist in another country who wanted to buy his X-ray machine that was, for our standards, outdated. Next time we asked if he had shipped it abroad yet, he told us the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control wouldn't allow it.
 
2021-01-13 8:19:43 AM  

midmodan: vudukungfu: I own a few.

Civil engineer?

Dad carried one of those to check compaction in sub-base and base layers of paving jobs. Airport aprons and the like.

I don't think he had to wear a badge for it.


this town had a nuke plant.
they show up at auction when some guy dies.
Usually earlier than expected.
They get refurbished and put in the doomsday vault.

what?
I'm a prepper.
 
2021-01-13 8:22:22 AM  
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2021-01-13 9:21:04 AM  

vudukungfu: midmodan: vudukungfu: I own a few.

Civil engineer?

Dad carried one of those to check compaction in sub-base and base layers of paving jobs. Airport aprons and the like.

I don't think he had to wear a badge for it.

this town had a nuke plant.
they show up at auction when some guy dies.
Usually earlier than expected.
They get refurbished and put in the doomsday vault.

what?
I'm a prepper.


I got an emergency parachute on the cheap that way. Only used once, never been opened.
 
2021-01-13 11:06:30 AM  
Should be easy to find if they open it
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2021-01-13 12:29:55 PM  
Why would you leave something like that just sitting on your driveway?
 
2021-01-13 12:39:46 PM  

stuffy: Why would you leave something like that just sitting on your driveway?


I bet the owner unpacked his truck and planned on returning for it. Then something inside distracted him and he just forgot. I say that because it sounds like what I've done a miserable number of times. (I've got the focus and concentration of a guppy.)
 
2021-01-13 1:09:16 PM  
how much for the shinny metal ??
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