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Subject: Re: Any ideas on measuring radiation in the home ?
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Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 03:54:15 GMT
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No Mammon here. No profit motive. Public service mixed with personal safety.
I remember reading a news item about a garbage handler in a South American
country who once collected medical waste and found a glowing round egg-sized
object. He took it around and showed it to everyone with amazement and kept
it in his pocket as a good luck charm. Guess what happened. He burned a hole
in the area of his thigh where the object was. And all the people whom he
showed it also got radiation exposure sickness. Apparently the object was
some Cesium isotope or some such.
"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that News2020 wrote
> (in ) about
> 'Any ideas on measuring radiation in the home ?', on Mon, 30 Sep 2002:
> >Someone mentioned that earlier in the thread. That will take care of some
> >it. There is still microwaves and lower that need a simple
> >We need to get these to market at a low price (like a neon tester or
> >voltmeter). Buyers would be limitless. Anyone join with the
> >idea/design/manufacture ?
> Ah, now Mammon manifests. Stick to the Geiger counter. It can't be
> cheap, so you aren't screwed for margin. And it produces a reassuringly-
> random background count that keeps the kooks pleasantly stimulated.
> I used to get birds fall down the chimney of my main room (I live in a
> bungalow). The fire was disused, and blocked off behind the hi-fi, so it
> was a significant task to retrieve the bird, which often didn't
> appreciate being retrieved and made frantic efforts to escape the room,
> ignoring the opened windows (another defect that Bill should be held to
> account for!).
> One day, the 'cheep-cheep' indicated yet another bird retrieval task,
> but - no bird! The culprit was a Geiger counter inadvertently switched
> on. This product was marketed by ITT Consumer Products (Schaub-Lorenz or
> Graetz) in Germany, and there are many places in Germany where a Geiger
> counter can lead to saleable finds. Very few places in UK where that
> applies: one is Cornwall, and the folk singer Brenda Wootton claimed
> that she needed a regular does of her native radon to continue to
> I have a very attractive glass vessel which drives the Geiger into
> paroxysms. It is made of uranium glass, which I deduced when I noted the
> characteristic shade of green. Quite harmless, of course, unless I
> carried it every day in my trouser pocket. (;-)
> Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only.
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