How (not) to Ship Radioactive Marbles

But they're so green!

Favorited Favorite 2

We recently needed some radioactive material for an experiment so what do you do? Jump on Ebay and United Nuclear of course!

alt text

Marbles on the envelope they arrived in

Known as green Vaseline glass, they used Uranium Oxide in the 50s and 60s to get the effect. As a (potentially bad) side effect, it's 200 CPM! MightyOhm has a great writeup on various nuclear sources around your house.

In this age of crazy shipping restrictions we were blown away that (ok very slightly) radioactive marbles arrived in a first-class mail envelope. So good!

Comments 3 comments

  • DavidB2 / about 7 years ago / 1

    It just ain't right to ship green kyptonite to Metropolis

  • CF / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hit those with some UV light!

  • Member #838067 / about 7 years ago / 0

    At least one manufacturer is still putting uranium in glass today:

Related Posts

Recent Posts


All Tags