How Not to Do It

When you find yourself writing this:

No, it not so dangerous. But I tried to cook Americium, Radium and Beryllium in 96% sulphuric-acid, to easier get them blended. But the whole thing exploded upp in the air…

Do yourself a favor and stop. No, it is very dangerous, and you pretty clearly don’t know what you’re doing. I guess what we need is careful tracking, registration, and regulation of nuclear materials. It’s common sense. Well, except we already do? There’s no system that’s so idiot proof that nature will not provide a better idiot, who will find his way into the papers. I think it’s fair to say that our opponents in this issue will never recognize this.

5 thoughts on “How Not to Do It”

  1. He needs a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity for when the DeLorean hits 88 miles per hour that’s when the temporal displacement happens, duh!

  2. No more dangerous than what Madame Curie was doing. “Just leave it to the experts” is what got us into the “Only one” attitude.

  3. There was a fascinating story a while back about some teenager who created a nuclear device (a proton gun I think it was called), in his parents’ garage. He called up smoke alarm manufacturers, posing as a science teacher, and asked for donations of defective smoke detectors.

    He removed the americium from hundreds of these and made some wacky, quite dangerous device. The lesson is that determined people will get what they want.

  4. Ma Gunowner, you mean “The Radioactive Boy Scout”? IIRC he also got radioactive materials from other sources, too. He didn’t blow anything up, but the garage was torn down as hazmat, and he WAS radioactive.
    I think he was in Wisconsin or Michigan.

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