26 March 2009

How I miss the old days...

...when uranium was a toy.
Yes, this toy science project kit included actual nuclear material. And um, I'm sorry did you say "Dagwood splits the atom?" THAT lazy f•••?!?!?

The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210), an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a comic book (Dagwood Splits the Atom) and a government manual "Prospecting for Uranium."

from http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/atomictoys/GilbertU238Lab.htm

1 comment:

Dan B said...

Meanwhile, the Russians were beating us into low-Earth orbit. Stupid capitalist pigs and their toys!