Sunday, December 07, 2008

BYU is radioactive

Did you know that BYU is radioactive? I took this picture on campus over Thanksgiving:


I'll give a prize to the first person who can identify this picture's location. (Congratulations to Robyn, the previous MCSV prize winner.)

Incidentally, I've heard from some pretty reliable sources that BYU used to have a research fission reactor, but that it's long since been decommissioned. I've also heard from a pretty reliable source that there's still a research fusion reactor in the Eyring building. Finally, I've heard that there's a 50-gallon drum of low-level radioactive waste behind the door in the picture above, but that it's pretty harmless. Don't go worrying your little head off now.

PS—I'm a fan of the "scare quotes" around "CAUTION", as well as the scary font, which seems to be the same one that's on the "For your safety, don't walk alone in this area after dark" signs on the south end of campus.

8 comments:

Shanna and Evan said...

It is on the south hill of campus, north of the duckpond!

Alex said...

Is that in our building, in the bottom/basement? (our as in at work)

Channing said...

there are signs like these at the entrance to the fission lab underneath the Kennedy Center (no, those mysterious stairs to not lead to a parking lot)

Britney said...

Erik says it's the north basement in the Eyring Science Center.

Jonathan said...

Haha-the scary font. I never really thought about that.

cindy said...

The quotations make me think of that blog--the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks. It's hilarious. In this case, are they joking? Do they want us to be reckless and perhaps even play with the radioactive materials?

Bruce said...

Well, folks, we have a winner: Shanna got it right. It's just off the ramp on the south of campus. Hundreds of students walk by every day and have no idea that there's radioactive waste a few feet away from them.

If you want to go see the building, follow the paver stone path that branches off from the main asphalt ramp on the south end of campus. You'll see a green building just up the hill from the path. Look in the window, and you'll see the sign pictured in this post.

Prizes will be distributed shortly.

Hyrum said...

For the curious: the building off the south hill is also where the keep the flesh-eating beetles. They are used primarily for cleaning animal bones used for research or display, but I'm sure enterprising students can thing of better (and far more exciting) uses.