You couldn’t make this stuff up!

Read today in the Guardian:

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

In his kitchen!?

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.

How on earth did he get the “unauthorized nuclear material” in the first place? Could someone more dangerous, like terrorists for instance, also get it so easily?

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.

What was he using? A saucepan? A double boiler? I sometimes wonder what the neighbors are up to, but I doubt it’s anything like this! At least, I hope not.

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.

Seriously, if this was a movie plot, would you believe it? Full article here.

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