Swede arrested for building nuclear reactor in kitchen

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04 Aug 2011, 4:50 pm

Swede arrested for building nuclear reactor in kitchen
Yahoo! NewsBy Adam Parris-Long | Yahoo! News – 6 hours ago

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/swede-arrested ... actor.html

A Swedish man has been arrested after building a nuclear reactor in his kitchen, claiming that splitting atoms is his ‘hobby’.

The Swede, named in media reports as Richard Handl, 31, was taken into custody after he contacted the country’s Radiation Authority, who in turn alerted police. Handl had kept a blog on his efforts, stating receSwede arrested for building nuclear reactor in kitchenntly, “I was arrested and sent to jail, when the police and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authory (sic) searched my apartment”.

“They took all of my radioactive stuff…so my project is cancelled!” he added. With posts dating back to May, Handl’s ‘experiments’ included blending chemicals Americium, Radium and Beryllium on a gas cooker. Mr Handl claims that he has ‘always been interested in physics and chemistry’.

In his first post Handl states, “My project is to build a working nuclear reactor. Not to gain electricity, just for fun and to see if it's possible to split atoms at home”.

Despite his arrest Handl continues to update the blog, posting media coverage of this exploits. If convicted, he could face heavy fines or up to two years in prison. Swedish police refused to comment on the arrest in late July.



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04 Aug 2011, 7:20 pm

From the looks of his stove/cooker, I'd guess his hobby (or special interest perhaps) was spilling atoms, not splitting them:

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13 Aug 2011, 4:05 am

the swedish gov't should give him a job.



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13 Aug 2011, 4:52 pm

auntblabby wrote:
the swedish gov't should give him a job.

I wouldn't hire him to make meatballs.



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13 Aug 2011, 5:11 pm

CTBill wrote:
auntblabby wrote:
the swedish gov't should give him a job.

I wouldn't hire him to make meatballs.

Would you hire him to make radioactive meatballs?


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13 Aug 2011, 5:37 pm

Ha!

That reminds me of when a BNP (political party in the UK) member was found and jailed for making bombs and guns in his attic.



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14 Aug 2011, 10:26 pm

was he nuts or was this legit?



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14 Aug 2011, 11:13 pm

it was legit for him, and he surely didn't consider himself nuts.



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19 Aug 2011, 10:26 am

Thought it was a new reality cooking show featuring common sense cuisine, weaponizing tips and amusing meltdown stories.