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May. 9th, 2017 06:49 pm
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The socially acceptable reaction to watching the Hidden Killers postwar episode isn't giggling. But what's so wrong about a little U238 in a child's chemistry set?

Date: 2017-05-10 04:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
Back at a Dancon (small Danish fan meet) last year, Klaus Æ Mogensen showed pictures of ads for radium products. They included radium watches, radium water, radium cigarettes, and radium condoms.

Date: 2017-05-10 05:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kedamono
I bet those products had, ahem, glowing reviews.

Date: 2017-05-10 09:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
Klaus' review didn't review the reviews.

Date: 2017-05-11 12:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gale_storm
Radium toothpaste, too?

Date: 2017-05-11 01:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
I don't recall it being there, but it wouldn't surprise me either.

Date: 2017-05-12 09:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunsen_h
I'm pretty sure I recall hearing about such a product. Radium was considered something of the latest fad in health products and other household goods: a wonder ingredient.

I mentioned this thread to my partner's uncle, and he reminded me of another use: radioactive brushes for vinyl record players. The ionization reduced the static charge that made dust particles cling to the record's surface.

Date: 2017-05-10 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] glappkaeft
A little U-238 in your toy lab set was perfectly normal in 1950...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_U-238_Atomic_Energy_Laboratory
Edited Date: 2017-05-10 06:16 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-11 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] maruad
That is awesome. I would have loved one when I was a kid but I was too young by far and my family was much to poor to spend that kind of money on a kid's toy.

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