Brent Dax (brentdax) wrote,
Brent Dax

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The power of duct tape...

If the kids are really ambitious, and I wouldn't put it past some of the little Madame Curies I know, they can build their own model breeder reactor. In 1994 17-year-old David Hahn did just that in his mom's potting shed near Detroit as an outgrowth of work on a Boy Scout merit badge, using tinfoil, duct tape, uranium powder from ore, radium from old luminous clock dials, americium from smoke detectors, and thorium ash from thousands of mantles--even after the thing was disassembled, local radiation levels were 1,000 times background.
--The Straight Dope: Are camp lanterns radioactive?
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