How Much Radiation Is Given Off By Your Household Items?

For some people, the mere mention of the word radiation conjures up images of nuclear apocalypses and mutant sewer rats, although the truth is that many of the everyday items in most peoples homes are actually radioactive. Given that we arent all spontaneously sprouting extra limbs or disintegrating into dust, the levels of radiation that surround us clearly arent particularly dangerous.

To help people understand that being radioactive doesnt automatically make something a death ray, researchers from North Carolina State University have published a study revealing how much radiation is given off by a series of very boring objects.

We did this study because understanding how much radiation comes off of common household items helps place radiation readings in context it puts things in perspective, said study co-author Robert Hayes in a statement. If people understand what trace levels of radiation mean, that understanding may help prevent panic.

Measuring both the gamma and beta radiation emitted by these items, the team calculated radioactivity in microgray per hour (Gy/hr), and have published their findings in the journal Health Physics.

Several different types of food were included in the study, as the potassium they contain gives off trace amounts of radiation. Avocados, for example, were found to give of 0.16 Gy/hr of gamma radiation, while bananas emit 0.17 Gy/hr.

Other, non-edible, items contain americium, which is also ever so slightly radioactive. As a result, house bricks were found to emit 0.15 Gy/hr, while smoke detectors gave off 0.16 Gy/hr and air filters released 0.17 Gy/hr.

To put this into perspective, Hayes explains that regulatory level for workers which is safe is exposure to 50,000 Gy per year. The levels were talking about in your household are incredibly low.

For a good visual representation, check out this XKCD chartfrom a few years back.

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Popular Drunk Foods Around The World

Popular Drunk Foods Around The World

After a late night of partying, it’s time to hit up the local diner. But what are you gonna order? Well, it depends where you are. If you’re in America, you’re probably gonna get a nice, hot pepperoni pizza. If you’re in Japan you might get a steaming bowl of delicious, salty ramen soup. If you’re in Mexico, you’ll no doubt order spicy, authentic tacos. 

Of course, if you’re in New York City, you can have nearly every delicious dish covered in this yummy BuzzFeed video. 


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Day 7 Of The Clean Eating Challenge

This is part of a two-week detox plan that will make you feel great. Don’t jump into the middle — start at the beginning here.

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BuzzFeed Food’s Clean Eating Challenge is a two-week detox plan that’s all about eating real food in order to feel great and have more energy. All of the food is low carb and gluten free with an emphasis on lean protein (no red meat) and fresh produce. There’s no processed food allowed; every meal is homemade.

It’s important that you follow the meal plan in order starting with Day 1 since most of the recipes call for leftover ingredients from previous days. But you can start any time and find full instructions here. Aim to eat every 3-4 hours and try not to eat within two hours of bedtime.

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Download a printable PDF of the Week 2 Grocery List here.

In addition to following today’s meal plan, you’ll have to grocery shopping for Week 2!

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Freeze and label your shrimp, cod, and chicken. Instead of labeling it with when you’ll be eating it, write when to defrost it: 1/4 pound Shrimp: “Defrost Monday night”Cod: “Defrost Wednesday night”1/4 pound Shrimp: “Defrost Thursday night”Chicken breast: “Defrost Friday night”

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Wood Rectangle Tray ($19.95), Fishs Eddy


Once you’ve steamed the asparagus, set 1/3 of it aside for Sunday’s lunch.

Ingredients1 1/2 bunches asparagus (you’ll save 1/3 of the asparagus, steamed, for Sunday’s lunch)2 large eggs for women; 3 large eggs for men1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar2 teaspoons olive oil1 teaspoon chopped parsley1/8 teaspoon kosher saltfreshly ground pepper

ProcedureIn a large skillet with a lid, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Trim 1 inch off of the root of the asparagus to remove the woody end, then add the asparagus to the skillet, turn the heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes, until asparagus is cooked through but still slightly crunchy. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Meanwhile, poach eggs: Fill a medium (at least 3 quart) saucepan or pot with about 5 inches of water. Add vinegar (this helps keep the egg whites together), bring the water to a simmer, then turn the heat to low. If you have a thermometer, use it to check the water temperature. The ideal temperature for poaching eggs is between 180 – 190 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, you know you’re at the right temperature when there are tiny little bubbles all over the bottom and sides of the pot, but none bubbling up to the surface.

Crack each egg into a separate small bowl or mug, then stir the water in a circle gently with a wooden spoon to create a whirlpool. Drop 1 egg into the center of the whirlpool. The white will wrap around the yolk and start to set. Let the egg poach in the water for 3 minutes, keeping the temperature steady. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the other egg, again creating a whirlpool before dropping in the egg.

To serve, place the poached eggs atop ⅔ of the warm asparagus, then drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

Cool the leftover asparagus completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition info: 252 calories, 18.9 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 6.5 g carbohydrate (2.6 g fiber, 0.4 g sugars), 15.4 g protein, 727 mg sodium, 372 mg cholesterol

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To prep your asparagus, first cut about an inch off the bottom of the stalks.

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Make sure the asparagus fits in the pan (it shouldn’t be so long that it sticks out over the edges):

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The asparagus is done when the stalks are slightly brighter green and softened, and all the water is evaporated.

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Black + Blum Box Appetit ($24.00), Whisk


Ingredients2 scallions, whites and greens separated1/2 bunch kale, stems and ribs removedjuice of 1/2 lime1/2 tablespoon olive oil1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained2 ounces feta, crumbled1 large beefsteak tomato, cut in 1/4-inch cubes

ProcedureThinly slice scallion whites, and cut scallion greens into ½-inch pieces. Thinly slice kale leaves into ¼-inch ribbons. Put lime juice in a medium mixing bowl, then slowly add the olive oil while whisking vigorously. Add scallions and kale to the mixing bowl, and use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale leaves for about a minute, until kale starts to soften just slightly. Add black beans, feta, and tomato, and toss just to combine.

If you’re packing lunch to-go: Prep the salad in the morning or night before, then store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it. Kale is super resilient and won’t wilt, so it’s fine to dress this ahead of time.

422 calories, 22.1 g fat (9.8 g saturated fat), 39.5 g carbohydrate (11.3 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 20.3 g protein, 693.8 mg sodium, 50.5 mg cholesterol

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To cut the kale ribbons, roll 3-4 leaves together and slice them into 1/4 inch pieces.

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Massaging the dressing into the kale makes it a little bit softer and easier to chew. Also, it helps the kale absorb more flavor.

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Porcelain Salad Plate ($3.00), Whisk

2 tablespoons raw, unsalted almonds with 1 clementine.

131 calories, 8.4 g fat (0.6 g saturated fat), 12.6 g carbohydrate (2.8 g fiber, 7.6 g sugars), 4.6 g protein, 1 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol

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Ingredients1/2 recipe Big Batch Tomato Sauce (recipe below)1/2 recipe Big Batch Turkey-Basil Meatballs (recipe below)1 bunch raw collard greens, ribs removed1 teaspoon olive oilpinch salt

ProcedurePrepare Big Batch Tomato Sauce (recipe below) and Big Batch Turkey -Basil Meatballs (recipe below) as directed, then coat half of the meatballs with half of the tomato sauce.

Rinse and dry collard greens, then cut them into large (about 3 × 3-inch) pieces. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add collard greens and a large pinch of salt, and cook, stirring constantly. The collard greens will start to wilt and release liquid. Cook them until almost all of the released liquid has evaporated and the greens are soft.

Serve collard greens in a bowl, topped with meatballs and sauce.

478 calories, 23.1 g fat (4.8 g saturated fat), 37.1 g carbohydrate (9.9 g fiber, 12.7 g sugars), 31.2 g protein, 726 mg sodium, 172 mg cholesterol


Serve half of the sauce with tonight’s dinner and save half for Sunday’s lunch (make sure to store the meatballs and tomato sauce separately).

Ingredients1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped1/4 teaspoon kosher saltfreshly ground pepper1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped3 cloves garlic, chopped2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 15-oz can low-sodium diced tomatoes6 basil leaves, rough choppedkosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Procedure Heat olive oil in a medium (at least 3 quart) pot over medium heat. Add onion, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add carrot and garlic and cook until carrot is soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to high, then add the balsamic vinegar. Stir the vegetables around the pan and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about a minute. Add the diced tomatoes and basil and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Season with freshly ground pepper, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Uncover the pot and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.

When the mixture has cooled slightly, transfer to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds, until there are no large chunks but the mixture isn’t totally smooth. Alternatively, for chunkier sauce, blend with an immersion blender.

Tomato sauce will keep for up to 5 days, refrigerated in an airtight container.

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Once you’ve sautéed your vegetables, use balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.When you sauté, some of the caramelized bits get stuck on the bottom of the pan. Adding vinegar and scraping the bottom of the pan releases those caramelized bits so that they can flavor your sauce.

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Post simmer, the sauce will be thick and chunky, with almost no liquid left.

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After blending, the sauce will be puréed but not completely smooth.


Ingredients1/3 cup rolled oats1 egg yolk for women; 1 whole egg for men8 ounces (1/2 pound) lean ground turkey for women; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) for men4 basil leaves, chopped¼ teaspoon kosher saltfreshly ground pepper

ProcedurePreheat oven to 400°F, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (a small baking sheet will be big enough, but if you only have a large one you can use that, instead). While the tomato sauce is simmering, pulse oats in a food processor until they are the consistency of bread crumbs. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, and mix everything with a rubber spatula until the mixture is combined and uniform throughout. Roll the turkey into 6 balls and space them out on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through (there should be no pink inside, and a thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F).

Serve 3 meatballs with tonight’s dinner, then cool the remaining meatballs completely before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Your oats should be ground to an almost powdery consistency. This will help the meatballs bind together.

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Use your hands to mix the ingredients together just enough to combine everything completely.

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Roll the mixture into six even-sized balls, and be sure to spread them out on the baking sheet so that they’re not touching.

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2 squares (1 ounce) dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa).

105 calories, 9 g fat (5.5 g saturated fat), 4 g carbohydrate (1.5 g fiber, 2.5 g sugars), 2 g protein, 10 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol


1,388 calories, 81.5 g fat (25.2 g saturated fat), 99.7 g carbohydrate, 28.1 g fiber, 27.2 g sugars), 73.5 g protein, 2,158 mg sodium

All nutrition is calculated for the amounts specified for women.

35. Seven days down, seven to go!

Day 7 Of The Clean Eating Challenge

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Mormon Church Leaders: It’s OK To Be A Democrat!


In Mormon chapels across Utah today, bishops read an official church letter from the pulpit urging congregants, in uniquely strong terms, to attend the state’s caucuses next month—regardless of which party they belong to.

“We are concerned with the decreasing attendance at these caucus meetings in Utah in recent years,” reads the letter, originally released last Monday, and signed by the church’s prophet and his two counselors.

The church even called on local congregations to cancel any activities that would prevent the state’s Mormons from caucusing. It’s an unusually bold move — though the church has always encouraged civic engagement — and it comes at a time when Mitt Romney is on his way to becoming, quite possibly, the faith’s first major-party presidential nominee.

But the church sought to reaffirm in the letter that it espoused no pro-Romney favoritism: “Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of the various political parties. We encourage members to attend their precinct caucus meetings.”

It’s a line the church has used before, but that didn’t stop Utah’s perpetually-struggling Democratic Party from seizing the moment.

“For too long, some politicos have represented to faithful LDS voters that they only have one choice of political parties,” said state party chair Jim Dabakis in a statement, adding, “We Democrats welcome our LDS brothers and sisters and appreciate their opinions, hard work, and values in our big tent Democratic Party!”

The encouragement to caucus likely had nothing to do with Romney’s candidacy—Utah’s caucuses aren’t used to nominate presidential candidates, and the state will hold a primary in June. But the nonpartisan rhetoric, while not exactly fresh, does come with fresh context. While the church has always asserted political neutrality, it’s been working extra hard this election cycle to prove it, even as many of its members mobilize to get their coreligionist to the White House.

A recent Pew survey showed that 74 percent of self-identified Mormons “lean Republican,” and an overwhelming portion support Romney’s candidacy. Mormon Democrats do exist, but they often face criticism from fellow believers that their political views are out of step with doctrinal teachings.

Ironically, LDS liberals may actually be emboldened by Romney’s candidacy, at least within their own congregations. With a Mormon Republican in the race, expect to see plenty more of this bipartisan rhetoric coming from Salt Lake — and LDS Democrats will be filing away each and every statement.

The church’s full letter below:

On Tuesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 15, 2012, political parties in Utah will hold precinct caucus meetings. Precinct caucuses are the most fundamental grassroots level of political involvement. They are best served by a broad representation of Utah citizens. Those who attend play a critical role in selecting candidates for public office.

We are concerned with the decreasing attendance at these caucus meetings in Utah in recent years. We therefore ask that local leaders not schedule meetings on these Tuesday and Thursday evenings so that members may attend a caucus meeting of their choice. The locations of these meetings can be found on the websites of the respective political parties.

Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of the various political parties. We encourage members to attend their precinct caucus meetings.

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15 Awesome Halloween Costumes from this Past Weekend

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to let your creative juices flow. Every year, people post their amazing creations online for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a small collection of just some of the awesome Halloween costumes people rocked this year. I can’t wait until next Halloween!

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1. Rocket Raccoon

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2. Martini Dog

Photograph via Sathyiaold

3. Lil Jon Snow

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4. Iron Merman


5. Magic Carpet Aladdin

6. Cruella de Vil and Dalmation

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7. Rosie (The Jetsons)

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8. Lady of Many Eyes

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9. Two-Face (Harvey Dent)

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10. King Jaffe Joffer (Coming to America)

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11. Giant Snake

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12. Short Tall Man

Photograph by sodamn_insane

13. Peter Pan and his Shadow

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14. Jon Snow White

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15. Beauty and the Beast

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How Google Is Putting Mass Torture On The Map

How do you label a notorious international human rights violation on a map? Here’s how Google did it:

The company’s mapping data refers to North Korea’s labor camps as gulags — and details their layouts:

A search for “concentration camp, North Korea” provides similar results:

Aside from a handful of territorial disputes around the world, this is one of the only examples of Google Maps data I’ve seen that’s blatantly political — or if not political, then at least informed by a viewpoint not endorsed by the leaders of the country it describes.

The purpose is obvious: to make the existence of these camps known; to point out that North Korea is secretive, and would never release this data on its own; to emphasize that the country is not capable of producing satellite imagery; and, most important, to remind outsiders that thousands of its citizens (and some foreigners) are sent to these camps, where they are subjected to hard labor, starvation, torture, medical experimentation, and execution.

What Google is doing here is human rights activism disguised as mapmaking.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea in early January and made a somewhat standard appeal for more openness and freedom in the country. Schmidt’s daughter was less circumspect about her visit. “The best description we could come up with,” she wrote, “[is that] it’s like The Truman Show, at country scale.”

By listing North Korean prison camps in Maps, Google — with the help of volunteer mappers, who contributed original data that was then approved by the company — is making a statement that’s unqualified, loud, and more direct than either Schmidt’s or his daughter’s. Google is putting North Korea on the map. As a torturer of its people.

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From Bieber to Drake: Floyd Mayweather loves taking pictures!/FloydMayweather/status/202128184379047936

If you’re famous and can earn him more fans, chances are Floyd Mayweather would LOVE to be seen with you! Just a couple weeks ago he was seen with Justin Bieber and now he’s apparently friends with Drake as well.

Who will he be seen with next? Dolly Parton?

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The 21 Most Triumphant Moments Of Facebook’s 10 Years

1. The moment when Facebook’s ad targeting was explained

2. The time someone remembered an old school photo of someone who disapproved of Miley Cyrus

3. When this brave mother gave the finger to the Big Car Seat Lobby

4. The time this person’s friend explained to him exactly what a taxi is

5. The tense moments that transpired between when a guy’s girlfriend’s dad saw his status and the guy changed his status to “single”

6. The time this guy forgot his mother could read his Facebook posts and she announced she was shutting off the Wifi in the house

7. This calendar reminder

8. The breakthrough moment when everyone failed math

9. The moment Facebook broke through in Australia

10. The crucial moment when someone forgot to clear their search bar before posting a screenshot bragging about their notifications

11. The peak of Dad internet

12. The important discovery of how phones work

13. This stunning revelation about Google maps

14. The time someone explained to this guy how parking works

15. The sweet moment this ex got payback

16. This perfectly executed “Nope.”

17. When the Facebook mission statement was finally summed up

18. This time when a dad accidentally wrote this on Panera Bread’s wall

“Hey honey its dad, what are your tonight”

19. This sweet moment of exchange between an old person and the Texas Roadhouse restaurant page


20. The blissful moment a mom thought the Burger King page was her child

“I hope u are well. i love u and i wish a very happy birthday Love,Mom”

21. And the moment someone thought Facebook was Google

“tasty seafood recipes” on the Red Lobster official Facebook page.

Here’s to another ten wonderful years, Facebook!

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