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February 22, 2007

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Huh? Is big agribusiness in the habit of simply tossing their food irradiators out in the dumpster where some curious kids are going to start taking it apart? I mean, shouldn't anyone disassembling something like that already know that it's radioactive?

Cynical answer: A skull and crossbones means the customer won't try to repair his machine himself, but will hire your expensive repair technician.

Less cynical answer: Machines wear out. The person trying to fix it or disassemble it for scrap doesn't necessarily know what it is.

Huh? Is big agribusiness in the habit of simply tossing their food irradiators out in the dumpster where some curious kids are going to start taking it apart?Short answer: Yes. Particularly in the 3rd World. And when they get thrown away, as Mithras said, they get junked or otherwise scavenged for scrap metal, usually by illiterate people.

(As an aside: the proper term is 'human factors', and there are engineering degrees offered in the subject.)

If someone shits on a black fan run to the right away from the skulls

If a fan blows on you, it's death to run away.

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