Rabbit, Run

November 6th, 2010

Inspired by Radioactive rabbit trapped at nuclear reservation (WashintgonPost.com 11/05/10 2:04 p.m.), and of course the novel that inspired our title.

“A radioactive rabbit was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, and Washington state health workers have been searching for contaminated rabbit droppings. The regional director of the Office of Radiation Protection, Earl Fordham, said Thursday that no contaminated droppings have been found in areas accessible to the public. The Tri-City Herald reports that officials suspect the rabbit sipped some water left from the recent demolition of a Cold War-era building used in the production of nuclear weapons. The rabbit was trapped in the past week and was highly contaminated with radioactive cesium. It was killed and disposed of as radioactive waste.” – Washington Post


Modern nuclear power is completely risk-free,

Although that rabbit might disagree.

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Here’s video of the disposal team, wearing special radiation suits, approaching the rabbit.

Just kidding. That was, in case you hadn’t guessed, the famous killer rabbit scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (click here for the rest of our Monty Python series, or other earlier runaway rabbit related post).

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2 Responses to “Rabbit, Run”

  1. Arianne Says:

    What are you saying? That erspouxe to radiation will cause immediate and obvious genetic changes. That no rabbits or anything else has ever been born or hatched with birth defects?I agree that the Japanese government has not truly been forthcoming about the radiation leakage. Considering their recent history (if you consider 1945 recent, they do) I am not surprised at their reticence. But I expected something more logical and scientific from you. But maybe your being sick has affected your judgement, so I’ll give you a pass on this one.

  2. Jas Says:

    That doesn’t make sense to me. If it were that dangerous to peploe three feet away it would be much worse for her.Theoretically if someone swallowed something extremely radioactive, and if it emitted intense gamma rays (which are like powerful X-rays) they could travel through her body into someone else. Alpha- and beta-radiation are particles instead of photons, so they are not going to be able to get through a person’s body unless the beta radiation level is so high its instantly deadly.So, radiation doesn’t travel like bacteria, but the effects of the radioactive substances can theoretically affect peploe around the person.But, again, this makes no sense to me, since it would make the iodine significantly dangerous to the person who took it. Added. Well, who listens to me anyway? It turns out that this IS a standard recommendation. Iodine will concentrate in the thyroid which is presumably where the cancer was. And so others should stay a bit away from the neck.Although, I still don’t see how it can be THAT bad, but, I would take the doctors word over some guy on Yahoo Answers with a blimp for an icon.

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