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7 household items that contain radiation
Orange County Register ^ | April 1, 2011 | Landon Hall

Posted on 04/01/2011 11:22:02 AM PDT by La Enchiladita

My mother tells me that They say it's safe to eat food and drink milk that have shown trace amounts of radiation drifting from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan thousands of miles away.

But when my mother says this, she's being sarcastic, because They, being the government They, simply cannot be trusted to tell us the truth on these matters. And a lot of other otherwise reasonable people feel the same way when we're told by a public or scientific entity that there's no reason to be worried.

Which is why there was such widespread interest in Southern California this week when it was announced that radiation has turned up in samples of milk tested in San Luis Obispo and Spokane, Wash. Suddenly, vast swaths of the population who've never heard of units of measurement like pico curies and milli-sieverts were being fed regular updates on those readings.

A simple fact of life on Earth is that radiation is all around us, every day -- in our homes. Here are seven ordinary items that contain radiation in far greater amounts than the iodine-131 found in the milk samples:

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bananas; blackhelicopters; brazilnuts; california; japan; nuclearenergy; radiation; smokedetector
Bananas contain potassium, a metal that decays, releasing infinitesimal amounts of radiation.

Granite countertops, like the one I'm sitting at now, in the kitchen. Granite, and many other kinds of rock, contain uranium.

Cat litter. The clay our kitties use for their alone time gives off small amounts of radiation, but large enough to make port detectors designed to find nuclear bombs go bonkers a few years back.

TVs. The X-rays emitting from TV and computer screens have much lower levels of radiation than medical images.

Brazil nuts, which contain radium that the trees absorb from the ground. Many other plants have naturally occurring radiation from metals in the soil.

The house itself. Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, can become trapped inside walls and basements, elevating long-term cancer risks. You can test your home with an inexpensive kit or have a professional do it.

You. Americans take in about 360 millirem (yet another measure of radiation) into their bodies a year, including 2-5 on an average cross-country flight, according to the EPA.

1 posted on 04/01/2011 11:22:11 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

Cigarettes - Polonium, lots of alpha right to the lung.


2 posted on 04/01/2011 11:24:07 AM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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3 posted on 04/01/2011 11:24:13 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Cat litter. The clay our kitties use for their alone time gives off small amounts of radiation, but large enough to make port detectors designed to find nuclear bombs go bonkers a few years back.

4 posted on 04/01/2011 11:28:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: La Enchiladita

Can’t forget Pepto Bismol.


5 posted on 04/01/2011 11:30:29 AM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....)
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To: Red Badger

I remember one time when I was moving and one of the moving guys did not want to touch the kitty litter box because, as he said, he considers it “toxic waste.” LOL.....


6 posted on 04/01/2011 11:34:13 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I see ‘sleeping next to someone’ is on the list — that tears it — the boyfriend I don’t much care for anymore is OUT!


7 posted on 04/01/2011 11:37:29 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: La Enchiladita

Smoke detectors - contain americium-241

Old watches with glow in the dark hands - radium

Orange-red Fiesta dinnerware and certain yellow ceramics have a uranium glaze

Older Coleman lantern mantles have thorium


8 posted on 04/01/2011 11:37:40 AM PDT by kidd
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To: La Enchiladita

http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/kitty-litter-cake/Detail.aspx

9 posted on 04/01/2011 11:40:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: La Enchiladita

Original Recipe Yield 20 servings

Ingredients

1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
3 drops green food coloring
1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls

Directions

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.


10 posted on 04/01/2011 11:42:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: La Enchiladita
Cat litter. The clay our kitties use for their alone time gives off small amounts of radiation, ...

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11 posted on 04/01/2011 11:45:23 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Red Badger

You got a Coleman lantern? The mantles are radioactive, show up on a Geiger counter.

Learned that on a campout I took a Scout troop on to the Surry VA nuclear power plant.


12 posted on 04/01/2011 11:46:00 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Very well written article.

The focus is on avoiding ‘fear’ and replacing it with ‘knowledge’.


13 posted on 04/01/2011 11:48:03 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: La Enchiladita

The MOST radioactive thing in a modern house is the SMOKE DETECTOR!!!


14 posted on 04/01/2011 11:52:36 AM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: fredhead

Take a Geiger Counter probe and place it against your head and it will register a few burst of radiation every few seconds..............


15 posted on 04/01/2011 11:52:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: La Enchiladita

The human body has more raditation than anyone in the US is experiencing from Japan.


16 posted on 04/01/2011 11:59:45 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: La Enchiladita

After cleaning the litter box of a sick cat this morning I am inclined to label it as toxic waste myself.


17 posted on 04/01/2011 12:07:24 PM PDT by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Potassium-40 is the largest source of natural radioactivity in animals and people. An adult human body contains about 160 grams of potassium, of which a small fraction is potassium-40. From the isotope abundance and half-life it can be calculated that this produces about 300,000 disintegrations per minute continuously throughout the life of the body.


18 posted on 04/01/2011 12:10:36 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: La Enchiladita
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_mantle


19 posted on 04/01/2011 12:15:46 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: La Enchiladita

I’ve got news for you Mr. Hall. Just about everything has radioactive substances in it in trace amounts. The earth and the atmosphere have all kinds of radioactive isotopes. Living things living things are exposed to them and take them in.


20 posted on 04/01/2011 12:23:53 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: UCANSEE2
The focus is on avoiding ‘fear’ and replacing it with ‘knowledge’.

Not a popular theme on the local newscasts.

21 posted on 04/01/2011 12:35:02 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

smoke detectors

Americium 241 or Radium 226

The main hazard of the ionizing type detector is the radioactive component, usually Americium 241, which has a half-life of 458 years. Radium 226 has a half-life of 1600 years. Americium is a waste product from nuclear reactors.

It is easily absorbed into the body from the lungs or intestines, and can cause cancer and genetic injury or can have general negative effects on health.

A typical Americium source contained in one ionizing detector intended for home use, would consist of 0.8 to 5.0 micro curies of Americium on a silver disc, coated with a very thin layer of gold. An industrial model may contain up to 15 micro curies. We usually speak of picoCuries of radiation, which are one millionth of a microCurie, as having biological significance for humans.

Have a nice day...


22 posted on 04/01/2011 12:49:51 PM PDT by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: kidd
Smoke detectors - contain americium-241

That's a myth. The radiation symbol and warning inside our smoke detectors is to keep us from opening that little compartment and discovering the hidden microphone that records all we say and is monitored by the guys in the big black SUVs.

23 posted on 04/01/2011 12:50:13 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: La Enchiladita

My husband. He’s just finished his fourth week of being treated with radiation on a daily basis as an after surgery protocol for a non malignant brain tumor. He has 2 more weeks to go. I imagine he’s highly radioactive at this point, but I love him anyway.


24 posted on 04/01/2011 1:27:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red Badger

That is truly disgusting. It takes a lot for me to lose my appetite, but CONGRATULATIONS — you’re done it! :^(


25 posted on 04/01/2011 1:31:35 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s mainly for kids at Halloween. They love gross-out stuff...........


26 posted on 04/01/2011 1:33:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Red Badger

Mexican floor tiles.


27 posted on 04/01/2011 1:41:10 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Red Badger
It’s mainly for kids at Halloween. They love gross-out stuff...........

The Puppy Chow snack that was popular a few years back was gross enough, or the Dirt Cake served in a flower pot. I truly think I couldn't eat this. LOL.

28 posted on 04/01/2011 1:42:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Southack

What is a ‘Mexican Floor Tile”?.......................


29 posted on 04/01/2011 1:47:42 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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Come on, you guys. Are you nine years old???

I'm afraid to ask: what are mexican floor tiles?:)

30 posted on 04/01/2011 1:54:52 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I imagine he’s highly radioactive at this point, but I love him anyway.

Awwwww, how sweet is that; gotta love true love...:):)

31 posted on 04/01/2011 1:55:55 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: EBH

Am-241 decays by alpha emmission

One inch of air will stop all alpha emmissions from your smoke detector. And if you get closer than that, the outermost layer of dead skin cells will stop alpha from reaching living tissues.

Don’t eat your smoke detector.


32 posted on 04/01/2011 1:56:05 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Red Badger

Gonna go out on a limb here...a Mexican floor tile is a tile made in Mexico?


33 posted on 04/01/2011 1:57:10 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: Cyber Liberty; Red Badger

i could be wrong, but i picture saltillo tiles when i hear “Mexican floor tile...”


34 posted on 04/01/2011 2:00:10 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: La Enchiladita

35 posted on 04/01/2011 2:05:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: CaliforniaCon
I see ‘sleeping next to someone’ is on the list — that tears it — the boyfriend I don’t much care for anymore is OUT!

Well, that seems to be an awkward thing to post. Is he a FReeper? lol. Of course, why would you be sleeping next to someone you don't much care for anymore would be another awkward part of it.

lol

36 posted on 04/01/2011 2:13:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: La Enchiladita

bfl


37 posted on 04/01/2011 2:14:05 PM PDT by reed13
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To: GeronL; CaliforniaCon

Not to mention, they are apparently LIVING IN SIN.
;^)


38 posted on 04/01/2011 2:14:36 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

lol. right!


39 posted on 04/01/2011 3:24:24 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: La Enchiladita

“Not to mention, they are apparently LIVING IN SIN.”

Horrible, what’s happened to our culture.


40 posted on 04/01/2011 6:02:57 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: Red Badger

Actually, if you take the Geiger Counter down to your basement, you’ll find that your dust bunnies set it off, too. ;o)


41 posted on 04/01/2011 8:48:31 PM PDT by SuziQ
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