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Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 3, 2011 | AP

Posted on 08/03/2011 10:11:19 AM PDT by KingofZion

A Swedish man who was arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen said Wednesday he was only doing it as a hobby.

Richard Handl told The Associated Press that he had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden when police showed up and arrested him on charges of unauthorized possession of nuclear material.

The 31-year-old Handl said he had tried for months to set up a nuclear reactor at home and kept a blog about his experiments, describing how he created a small meltdown on his stove.

Only later did he realize it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police.

"I have always been interested in physics and chemistry," Handl said, adding he just wanted to "see if it's possible to split atoms at home."

The police raid took place in late July, but police have refused to comment. If convicted, Handl could face fines or up to two years in prison.

Although he says police didn't detect dangerous levels of radiation in his apartment, he now acknowledges the project wasn't such a good idea.

"From now on, I will stick to the theory," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atom; bomb; radiation; terrorist
No doubt Al Queda has a kitchen somewhere in Pakistan. On the plus side, they'll probably die of radiation sickness before they product anything toxic.
1 posted on 08/03/2011 10:11:21 AM PDT by KingofZion
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To: KingofZion

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194426/


2 posted on 08/03/2011 10:14:55 AM PDT by struggle
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To: KingofZion
Don't try this at home kids.
3 posted on 08/03/2011 10:16:52 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: KingofZion
A Swedish man who was arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen said Wednesday he was only doing it as a hobby.

May I suggest, taking up knitting instead?

4 posted on 08/03/2011 10:17:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: struggle

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091472/


5 posted on 08/03/2011 10:19:37 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: KingofZion

Nevermind he could give radiation poisoning to anyone he comes into contact with, or nuked his own apartment. Fines and a year in prison is just peachy.


6 posted on 08/03/2011 10:19:47 AM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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To: bwc2221

Too late. Look up the Radioactive Boy Scout.


7 posted on 08/03/2011 10:21:16 AM PDT by wrench
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To: KingofZion

Do it yourself IKEA Nuclear reactor, LOL


8 posted on 08/03/2011 10:21:24 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: dfwgator

Does Amazon sell radium? How did he geyt that stuff?


9 posted on 08/03/2011 10:22:03 AM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: KingofZion

Sounds like the “Radioactive Boy Scout”


10 posted on 08/03/2011 10:22:47 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: GraceG

11 posted on 08/03/2011 10:24:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KingofZion
Photo of the perp?


12 posted on 08/03/2011 10:24:11 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: KingofZion

I was invisioning a guy w/ an ax whacking at the atom on his table top...”Dam**t, just missed it that time!”


13 posted on 08/03/2011 10:26:33 AM PDT by citizen (Romney/Christie or Rubio!! Either would be great. Bachmann fading...No more Dick Obama in 2012!)
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To: KingofZion

He should just order the “Smash-o-matic” from Ronco.


14 posted on 08/03/2011 10:26:58 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: VanDeKoik

Great Scott!!!


15 posted on 08/03/2011 10:28:09 AM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: KingofZion

“hold mu beer and watch this....”


16 posted on 08/03/2011 10:28:32 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: KingofZion

“Kom out wit yer 4 handen upp!”


17 posted on 08/03/2011 10:28:57 AM PDT by Professional
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To: JaguarXKE
He should just order the “Smash-o-matic” from Ronco.


18 posted on 08/03/2011 10:30:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wastedyears
Fines and a year in prison is just peachy.

Well he did turn himself in. So there has to be some consideration for that.

19 posted on 08/03/2011 10:31:58 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: Pharmboy

Whatever stuff he had, I doubt he had enough of the right stuff to assemble a critical mass. Thankfully.


20 posted on 08/03/2011 10:34:12 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: KingofZion
I guess his cleaver wasn't sharp enough to split them properly.


21 posted on 08/03/2011 10:34:58 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: KingofZion

Hold muh quantum cat and watch this.


22 posted on 08/03/2011 10:36:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (America. Great idea. Couldn't last.)
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To: KingofZion

I suggest he try fusion instead of fission.


23 posted on 08/03/2011 10:38:43 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: KingofZion
Only later did he realize it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police.

A couple of basic rules violated here:

Never ask a question if you might not want to hear the answer.
It's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

24 posted on 08/03/2011 10:39:53 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: KingofZion

25 posted on 08/03/2011 10:41:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dfwgator

Things he forgot: http://behrns.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/ikea-tool.jpg?w=420


26 posted on 08/03/2011 10:42:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: KingofZion
"....sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police. "

Another example of how the gov't is not there to help you.

27 posted on 08/03/2011 10:44:49 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KingofZion

Split Peas, Not Atoms!


28 posted on 08/03/2011 10:48:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KingofZion

well at least it kept him out of the tavern...


29 posted on 08/03/2011 10:51:46 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: KingofZion

Was that WRONG?

Should he have not tried to split atoms in his kitchen?

30 posted on 08/03/2011 10:57:55 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Hacklehead

Good luck coming up with the pressure for that.


31 posted on 08/03/2011 11:00:03 AM PDT by Wintson Wolfe (I solve problems)
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32 posted on 08/03/2011 11:00:37 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: KingofZion

He should have read about the “radioactive boy scout”, who built a thorium breeder reactor in an Michigan back yard shed while trying to earn a boy scout badge in nuclear energy. Neighbors didn’t realize what was happening until NEST teams in moon suits started walking through their back yards waving radiation detectors. The AEC dug up most of the back yard of the kid’s parents and shipped it to a nuclear waste disposal site in Utah.

Here are links to the magazine article:

http://harpers.org/archive/1998/11/0059750

and the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Radioactive-Boy-Scout-Backyard-Nuclear/dp/037550351X


33 posted on 08/03/2011 11:05:02 AM PDT by Thud
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To: KingofZion

The question now is “can he do fission in his prison cell?”


34 posted on 08/03/2011 11:33:20 AM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: KingofZion
Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home

How sharp are your steak knives?
35 posted on 08/03/2011 11:40:57 AM PDT by Ellendra (God feeds the birds of the air, but he doesn't throw it in their nests.)
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To: KingofZion
A Swedish man who was arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen

Just WTH is that supposed to mean? The elements listed split (i.e. decay) all by themselves just fine. There is nothing you can do to prevent that from happening. To wit, an exercise in futility. (Of course this presumes that there is no way this guy had enough material to start a critical-mass chain reaction. A safe bet, I'd say.)

36 posted on 08/03/2011 12:32:10 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Tallguy

His cell mate will bend him over and split his atom for him. I bet that makes him go off like an atomic bomb.


37 posted on 08/03/2011 12:35:05 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: KingofZion
There is americium in virtually every home in the US. In many parts of the country there is even some uranium. Radium on the other hand can be found in old “glow in the dark” watches and other things from the 50’s and 60’s. I remember a story a while back where some guy had gathered several thousand smoke detectors and was trying to make a bomb.
38 posted on 08/03/2011 12:38:41 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: KingofZion
Bah. You can't fool me.

Monty Python wrote this.

39 posted on 08/03/2011 1:30:15 PM PDT by doberville
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To: Lazamataz
Hold muh quantum cat and watch this.

Is its name Schrödinger?
40 posted on 08/03/2011 1:42:22 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: mrreaganaut

You can always tell a Swede, but you can’t tell them much...


41 posted on 08/03/2011 1:49:20 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

Sweetie, you told that joke before.


42 posted on 08/03/2011 1:59:40 PM PDT by mrreaganaut (The Union of Kalmar is more important to history than the European Union.)
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To: KingofZion

Renters.


43 posted on 08/03/2011 2:11:48 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: mrreaganaut

I know, but that thread was locked. So I re-pinged you.


44 posted on 08/03/2011 2:17:14 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: KingofZion
How to split atoms at home:

Start with a few spare atoms, then get a little tiny chisel... and a little tiny hammer, then......

45 posted on 08/03/2011 2:31:26 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Forget AMEX. Remember your Glock 27: Never Leave Home Without It!)
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To: Pharmboy
Does Amazon sell radium? How did he geyt that stuff?

Oh for crying out loud. Am I the only person here who ever heard of eBay?

46 posted on 08/03/2011 2:32:57 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: KingofZion
Only later did he realize it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police.

Let that be a lesson. Never involve a government agency.

47 posted on 08/03/2011 2:35:58 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Pharmboy

1>Does Amazon sell radium? How did he get that stuff?

Maybe he scraped the little glowing green dots off of old wristwatches?


48 posted on 08/03/2011 5:08:30 PM PDT by soycd
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To: KingofZion
As a young lad, Einstein was able to split a beer atom...


His father was very pleased, as this put the bubbles in the beer!


49 posted on 08/03/2011 5:16:57 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: lowbridge

Too funny...I got some good RevWar books and memorabilia on eBay, but never thought of looking for an atom bomb.


50 posted on 08/04/2011 8:01:36 AM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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