1999oct19. More mail!
OK, so you can’t build a fission weapon with old smoke detectors.
But what you *can* do is attempt to build a breeder reactor with them.
You probably won’t succeed, but you can turn your mom’s garden shed into a Superfund waste cleanup site.
You can do all of this in (wait for it)
Commerce Township, Michigan.
The hilarous story is in
“The Radioactive Boy Scout: When a Teenager Attempts to Build a Breeder Reactor,” by Ken Silverstein. Harper’s Magazine, November 1998, p. 59
Harper’s does not have on-line content. The bastards.
Woo-hoo! Here’s an abstracted version the story, evidently published in Reader’s Digest (the original is much (much!) longer and better).
-Steve [similarly: Mita]