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(io9)   Radioactive products from the last century: toothpaste, chocolate, suppositories. What were we thinking?   ( divider line
    More: Scary, Nuclear fission product, chocolate bars, chocolates, radium, clock faces  
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2013-05-10 10:30:17 AM  
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Farking Fark Filter.
I had a cool animated .gif and everything.
2013-05-10 10:39:00 AM  

patentguy: If the isotope has a half life of 1.2 billion years, it's not going to set off too many alarms, is it?  From what I can tell brazil nuts contain radium, which has a half life of 1601 years per wikipedia.

On the former, carry a pea-sized amount of depleted uranium (half-life more like 4 billion years), and you'll certainly be noticed visiting a reactor.  But, yeah, brazil nuts really concentrate radium from not-especially-concentrated soils, and the exact why-and-how is a really interesting question for engineering bioremediation of other heavy element contaminants.
2013-05-10 10:43:05 AM  
A while back I bought some uranium doped marbles

they look like this under blacklight
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Supposedly they are safe to handle. And it was popular a while back to use uranium doping in glass to give it a yellow color. I'm not sure what I will ever do with these, but I figure I can put a handful in my pocket before a date to act as a contriceptive.
2013-05-10 10:46:01 AM  

Well to be fair on Homeopathy it never actually poisoned anyone

Well, you could drown.
2013-05-10 10:55:35 AM  

hardinparamedic: big pig peaches: In the next century I wonder what they will be asking that question about. Antibiotics probably.

Except that, unlike gratuitous and non targeted use of radiation, antibiotics have literally saved trillions of lives around the world.

In 1900, 5 of the 10 top causes of Death in the United States were from infectious disease.

In 1939, when Antibiotics began to be widely used, but before the widespread use of Penicillin, Pneumonia was still the 5th leading cause of Death.

Not to undercut your point, but that should be billions (or, at least, millions), not trillions--there have only been several billion people born since 1900. ...and apparently folks estimate that we haven't even hit the 1 trillion mark in total humans ever to have lived.

/come on, everybody--help bring up that sad, low, 108 billion figure!
2013-05-10 11:04:09 AM  

StrikitRich: You're all assuming that pure Fluoride is being used in the water and not Fluoride that came as a by-product of 1940s-50s atomic bomb manufacture.

I hadn't heard that one before, although I suppose it's possible that some of the leftover fluorine from UF6 enrichment plants etc. might have ended up in drinking water. Usually the concern is about fluoride which is added to water as hexafluorosilicic acid, a byproduct of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing. The rocks from which that fertilizer is extracted also contain natural radioisotopes, some of which can follow the fluoride through the extraction process and end up in the final product.
2013-05-10 11:11:35 AM  

MythDragon: PC LOAD LETTER: 9.5/10. You are not quite Pocket Ninja, but no one can be.

I also hope to one day sit at the big boy table with spentmiles

hardinparamedic: So, what if it causes explosive diarrhea with no prior warning?

How does a company think the side effect of "anal leakage" is okay?

From the internet (I forget the origins):
Don't even farking say a word. I like potato chips, and can't eat them very much or I'll get fat.

I tried out these Pringles Fat-Free chips because they were super low-cal. BBQ flavor. the fark.

The can said they had 70 calories per serving, which meant the whole can had 490 calories inside total. I could munch through a can in a day with my lunch, dinner, etc. So I got several cans, and began enjoying one a day for the past four days. But what they dont farking tell you...

Except in tiny print you cant read without a farking electron microscope that the primary ingredient is something called "olean" which I have since learned is Latin for "Unwashable & Indestructible Ass Grease."

Oh Yeah. I'm not even kidding.

So today, while I'm standing in the living room debating whether or not Laundry or Dishes will get done first, I get the urge to fart. I live alone, so sweet. I let the honk loose and its wrong. Something just sounded wrong. I know my own wind, and I have never farted a sound that sounded like a fart wrapped in a pillow.

Oh yes, something was very wrong. I had just shat myself. But this evil olean makes shiatting yourself sound almost like a regular fart, and had I not been particularly attentive, it could easily have gone unnoticed, I'm telling you. THAT's how utterly covert and evil this olean stuff is. What the fark?! What if I'd gone out to hang with friends or gone for a drive, what then?

So I walk carefully to the bathroom and disrobe. before I even sit on the toilet, I wad paper and carefully wipe from the front. Sure enough, it was light b ...

Now this is Pocket Ninja territory
2013-05-10 11:14:01 AM  

Suburban Decay: Now this is Pocket Ninja Spent Miles territory

2013-05-10 11:24:06 AM  
Only two nuclear suppositories were ever built, and we gave both to Japan.
2013-05-10 11:25:18 AM  

Suburban Decay: Suburban Decay: Now this is  Spent Miles territory


No, not quite, because his tales usualy end with "unwanted" buttsechs.
2013-05-10 11:28:27 AM  
I live near where most of the uranium in this country was mined and processed.

The offspring of those workers are not ... right. That's all I'm gonna say. Other than the processing mill gave away millions of yards of 'free' fill dirt for decades.

Yes, my petunias glow in the dark.
2013-05-10 11:29:29 AM  
The FDA  is looking into those anti-bacterial hand soaps. Someone did the math that the .1% that do survive are pretty bad ass.
2013-05-10 11:37:53 AM  

Tom_Slick: [ image 570x428]

Uranium really picks up your morning cup of coffee

The worst thing about Fiestaware wasn't the uranium, which stayed pretty much in place, but the lead in the paint that would leach into the food you were eating and would permanently dissolve you mind.

The picture of the Revigator they had wasn't very good.  There were some really rare, early Revigators that came before this, but the classic Revigator had a small metal stand and a lid.  You can just barely see the stand at the bottom of this one that's selling on eBay for a little under $300.  The picture makes it look a little lighter in color than it really is.
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Later in the 1920s they came up with a pure-white Revigator.  This Revigator had stubby legs that was just an extension of the pot and a black, oval sticker was near the top.
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One of these days I'd like to own a classic Revigator but every time I see one on eBay I think, "Aren't there better things you could do with $250 than buy a radioactive samovar?"

One thing the article missed was Depression Glass (made during the Great Depression) or Vaseline Glass because it was someone transparent.  It has a little uranium in it for color.
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Yes it's green but it doesn't really glow unless you put a blacklight on it.
2013-05-10 12:20:45 PM  
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Get next to Nutex!
2013-05-10 01:19:59 PM  
2013-05-10 02:13:50 PM  
Have your local hospital for the very first heart  test put a 30 day half life gamma emitting isotope in your veins
and just call it a stress test. Hospital gets paid big for the expensive test you may or may not need-you may or may not get a cancer down the road. They have been doing this for a long time but have not done a study of "down the road issues ". Hmmmm....
Years from now they'll say how stupid we were.
Oh- and lets not forget the generla electrico CAT machines that were way over radiating patients.
2013-05-10 02:17:24 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: It wasn't that long ago that we all thought Oat Bran was good for us, and then all those yuppies died of Carnivorous Colon Weasels.

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You called?

/yes, I know it was a horrible rendition of the book.
//still was damn scary.
2013-05-10 02:22:56 PM  
mmm radioactive chocolate suppositories, makes you poop bombs and tastes great 2
2013-05-10 04:31:13 PM  
2013-05-10 06:00:54 PM  
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2013-05-10 08:56:19 PM  
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I've got one of these.
2013-05-10 10:47:40 PM  

Phil Moskowitz: There are a lot of camera lenses that exhibit non-trivial amounts of radiation as well. Not something you want to have glued to your eye for long periods of time.

Thoriated lenses went out a few decades ago, and even then it was well researched and viewed as not really a problem.
2013-05-11 01:12:29 AM  

simplicimus: The FDA  is looking into those anti-bacterial hand soaps. Someone did the math that the .1% that do survive are pretty bad ass.

There a difference between antibiotics and anti-bacterial.

Mutation against antibiotics is the danger, not chemical anti-bacterials: you can't mutate a defense against chemical attack like bleach or chlorhexadine.

Things like c.diff are already chemically resistant to things like alcohol in hand sanitizer which kills of good bacteria and antibodies leaving c.diff in relative higher concentration.
2013-05-11 02:14:14 AM  
you guys realize in a hundred years there is going to be one of these about high fructose corn syrup, HGH in beef, and aspartame.
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