Briefly in the 1950s it became popular to sit in mildly radioactive dirt as a panacea for many ills.
The house above in Rotan, TX, was one such establishment.
LIFE magazine article here.
Following up on my post last week about Dr. Willard Libby and his "nuclear detergent,"
here's Dr. Libby again, in 1961, promoting his "Poor Man's Fallout Shelter," which could also have been described as the "If you're stuck in this, you're screwed" shelter. Note that it was obligatory to wear a white tuxedo and bowtie while in the Poor Man's shelter.
The Herald (Jasper, Indiana) - Oct 5, 1961
is best known as the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded for his role in developing radiocarbon dating. But throughout the 1950s and 60s he was also a tireless promoter of nuclear energy, assuring the public that fears about radioactivity and nuclear fallout were greatly overblown. One of his ideas for a beneficial use of radiation was to radiate laundry detergent. As far as I know, no detergent maker ever got behind this idea.
- Jan 13, 1964
Did this actually have radium inside it? How many cancers did this cause, carried about in Dennis the Menace's pockets?
Unfortunately, I've lost the source of this ad. Can anyone help?
I guess I was too sanguine the other day when I said we'd never have nuclear reactors circling overhead.
Read the article here.
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Sometimes even generals come to their senses. The notion of airborne nuclear reactors proved too worrisome even for the military, despite the brilliant failsafe plan of catastrophic ditching into water.
Original article here.