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I Think His Talents Are Being Wasted

This Swede tried to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen out of curiosity.

"I was just curious to see if it was possible, it is just a hobby," said Handl, currently unemployed but previously a worker in a ventilation systems factory.

He documented his efforts on a blog and his Facebook page.

He got as far as mixing some ingredients on a cooker -- americum, radium, beryllium and 96 percent sulphuric acid.

"The boiling explosion was about 3 or 4 months ago and the police came two weeks ago," he said.

After the incident, which he tagged "The Meltdown" on his blog, he said he "cleaned up the mess on the cooker and then I bought some more radium and continued the experiment."

I'm impressed by people whose hobby is gluing bits of paper to other bits of paper. This guy's on a whole other level.

The article doesn't say how successful his attempts were, but if he was in any way along the right lines, i think they should find him a job where they can put that brain to work.

Also, who the hell is selling radium to citizens on the internet? They should be arresting that guy.

By min | August 5, 2011, 1:45 PM | Science


Then the phone rang. He said, "You get it." I picked it up and said, "Hello?" The other side said, "Is this Steven Wright?" I said, "Yes." The guy said, "Hi, I'm Mr. Jones, the student loan director from your bank. It seems you've missed your last 17 payments, and the university you attended said that they received none of the $17,000 we loaned you. We would just like to know what happened to the money?" I said, "Mr. Jones, I'll give it to you straight. I gave all of the money to my friend Slick, and with it he built a nuclear weapon. And I would appreciate it if you never called me again."