8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


You might be acquainted with the dangers of radioactivity, but have you ever noticed that there is a fair bit of radiation that you are exposed to in the daily life? Apart from the obvious things that produce radiation like nuclear power plants, microwaves, atomic bombs, there are some common and pretty much less obvious things that contribute towards radiation as well.


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Today lets look into those less obvious daily life items or scenarios where you are unconsciously revealed to a fair bit of radiation. 

8) Brazil nuts

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


Of all the kind of foods and eatables that you might now, Brazil Nuts happen to be the most radioactive of them all. The tree that grow these kind of nuts have roots so deep in the ground that they absorb great amount of radium, which is a naturally occurring source of radiation.

However eating these kind of nuts does not cause any kind of adverse effect on yourself. It only makes your urine or waste material ore radioactive then normal.

7) Bananas

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


Bananas though, emit almost same little level of radiation as the Brazil nuts but the cause of these items emitting radiation is entirely different. In case of bananas its just something genetic to the type of fruit which becomes the reason for them having very small levels of radiation.
Afraid of the bananas already? You don't need to worry or think before eating any of those. A speculation tells that eating 5,000,000 of bananas might get you near any kind of radiation sickness. 

6) Exit Signs

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


These are not the usual exit signs that might pop up in your mind when you first read this. You might have noticed such exit boards in the industrial offices or big company's workspace. They are normally designed to guide people to outside of the building in case of a natural disaster like earthquake or any other unwanted situation.

Such exit sign boards are obviously not connected to any kind of power supply as they intend to guide through the black out in case of a disaster that might also lead to a power failure. So how do they generate this light? Long-life batteries? No, sadly, instead, the light is generated by the samples of a radioactive isotope of hydrogen called tritium contained inside the sign. Unfortunately, however, if that same disaster that cut the power also causes that sign to smash, that same radioactive isotope can escape and contaminate the building and everyone in it.

5) Cigarettes

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


This perhaps might not come as a surprise to you. The harmful effects of cigarettes are already exposed to everyone, but you might not know is that they contain radioactive materials such as polonium-210 and lead-210.

Unlike in the case of bananas and brazil nuts, the level of radioactivity in cigarettes is considerably higher to a dangerous extent. These chemicals accumulate a significant portion of the smoker's internal organs and can contribute heavily towards the development of different forms of cancers. 

4) Old Glassware and Pottery

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


In case you never heard, noticed or read about the old pottery items becoming subject to danger, you need to look check into this matter immediately. Even I used to cook for myself in these old frying pans until I came to know of how dangerous can the use of such item be. 

Many items of pottery that are in your use since a significantly long span of time, mainly those with orange or red color contain high levels of uranium, on account of it being mixed into the glaze that gives the pieces that distinctive color.

3) Kitten's Natural Waste

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


If you have kitten in your home as a pet, then one of the most common source of radiation in your home is perhaps the kitten waste. One of the main components of the kitten waste is bentonite clay, which is great for soaking up poop and urine, but awful at not containing traces of naturally-occurring uranium and thorium.

2) Granite Kitchen Worktops

8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


It is quite inevitable that granite is an excellent rock for retaining naturally-occurring radiation, so if you have granite worktops in your kitchen then forget about bananas and brazil nut, infact everything that is being cooked in that kitchen will become subject to radiation.

1) Shiny Magazine Papers


8 Radioactive Things You Don't Notice In Your Daily Life


Some publishing companies prefer publishing fancy looking magazines to attract a reader to buy it. This is generally achieved by printing such magazines in a shiny or glossy piece of paper that might look pleasant to the customer. However, getting paper to look that sleek and glossy requires it to be covered in kaolin, a type of white clay which is capable of holding radioactive elements such as uranium and thorium.

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