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And as far as major reactor problems that might come up go, if you camped out at the plant at Three Mile Island during the accident that happened there in 1979, you’d have received only an additional 80 millirems of exposure during the duration of the accident.Granted, you’d need to eat about 8000 bananas to reach that level from bananas, but if you’ve ever had your spine x-rayed, you’d have received about double that just during the few seconds of the x-ray.As an element, carbon occurs in a striking variety of forms.Coal, soot, and diamonds are all nearly pure forms of carbon.Not only should you not worry about eating bananas because of the radiation, but barring some major reactor meltdown, you shouldn’t really worry about living near a nuclear reactor either.

Charcoal is made by heating wood in the absence of air so it does not catch fire.Instead, it gives off water vapor, leaving pure carbon.This method for producing charcoal was known as early as the Roman civilization (509 476).When oil burns, carbon is released in the reaction, forming a sooty covering on the inside of the lamp. Lampblack was also often mixed with olive oil or balsam gum to make ink.And ancient Egyptians sometimes used lampblack as eyeliner.Getting around the fact that it is actually the Indian Ocean that is on the opposite side of the Earth from the U. and the obvious problems with the “melt through the Earth” premise, it couldn’t have been a better timed movie as far as free advertisement through the press due to the Three Mile Island incident.The movie was nominated for several academy awards, including best actress by Jane Fonda.Now before you start boycotting bananas because of the above association with nuclear reactor radiation leakage, consider that, to cause illness in a person, it takes about 100 rems.(Roentgen Equivalent Man: 1 rem = the quantity of ionizing radiation whose biological effect is equal to that produced by one roentgen of x-rays; basically, a measurement of how much radiation a person is exposed to.) So given eating one banana a day for a year only exposes you to 3.6 millirems, you’d need to eat about 10,000,000 bananas in order to reach that amount [100 rems * (1000 millirems / rem) * (365 bananas / 3.6 millirems)].Public reaction to Three Mile Island was way overboard from what the actual event warranted as you can see from the banana equivalent dose.This was largely due to misinformation in the press; misunderstanding of radiation among the general public; and the fact that, not 12 days before it happened, the movie movie title’s concept comes from the premise that if an American nuclear reactor core were to melt down, it would melt through the center of the Earth to China.

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