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Cat Sparks tells me strange things. Today, she said, "I am correcting the proofs of a book on nuclear power. Did you know that every northern hemisphere male carries a small load of plutonium in his testicles from weapons testing days?"

That's just wild.

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girliejones
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
How bout this one - my mother grew up in Africa where they used to spray the walls of the kids' bedrooms with DDT to protect them from malaria. I would reckon that if I got tested, there would be DDT in my fat cells even though I have never actually been exposed to it.

And the plutonium thing is the reason I only eat cheese from Tasmania.
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
you'll have to excuse my stupidity, but what's DDT?
girliejones
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane and dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane

Its a pesticide used to kill mosquitoes and it never breaks down in the env and biologist Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring alleged in it that DDT caused cancer and harmed bird reproduction by thinning egg shells.
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
ta.
bodhichitta0
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
And they've never found anything more effective to fight malaria, which has killed millions since DDT was banned.
drjon
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
kazzibee
Jun. 15th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
ew scary. I have handled specimens at work that were treated years ago with DDT. How does one get tested?
girliejones
Jun. 15th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
i don;t actually know - i think handling specimens would be less of a risk than having it sprayed liberally around your bedroom every night for years.
strangedave
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
I rejoice in my southern hemisphere plutonium-free testicles.
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
i dunno, man, don't you think it'd be kinda... superheroish?

'you must fear my testicles.'
strangedave
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
If my testicles could manifest superpowers you'd think I would have noticed by now.
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
...maybe it's time to ask round?
strangedave
Jun. 15th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
Ask around to find out if other people have super-powered testicles, or ask around to see if anyone else has noticed my testicles manifesting super-powers that I haven't?
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
i thought the second one would be more amusing.
drjon
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
I was in the tearoom today, and the phone went off out the front.

"Bollocks!" I cried, as I leapt up.

"Yours, or a fresh pair?" exclaimed the office's Caledonian Wit.
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
well, i see how the comments in this post are going ;)
speshal_k
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
I bet it's a fucking small amount though. Hardly measureable! (If you have numbers though I'd be interested in hearing them).

(NB: everyone's probably got a heap of radioactive iodine in their thyroids too.)

(but when I say heap, I mean fucking tiny amount)

(although admittedly nobody knows what effect it could have, even though it *is* tiny!!)
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
nah, i don't have numbers. i just got caught up in the fantasy side of testicals laden with radioactive material.
kazzibee
Jun. 15th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Don't the ladies get to carry some plutonium too?

benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
they haven't got the balls for it
kazzibee
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
I see. So testicles are the only place where plutonium can be carried? How marvellous and interesting. Think I'll poor meself another Johnny!
benpeek
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
the more you drink, the more sense it'll make.
kazzibee
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Smashing!
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