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April 10, 2019

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab (1950-1951)


Now here's something you won't find at your local toy store.


From the Oak Ridge Associated Universities website:



This was the most elaborate Atomic Energy educational set ever produced, but it was only only available from 1951 to 1952.

Its relatively high price for the time ($50) and its sophistication were the explanation Gilbert gave for the set's short lifespan.

Today, it is so highly prized by collectors that a complete set can go for more than 100 times the original price.

The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210), an electroscope, a Geiger counter, a manual,


a comic book ("Dagwood Splits the Atom")


and a government manual ("Prospecting for Uranium").

Other Gilbert sets (e.g., the No. 11 Atomic Energy set) continued to carry the spinthariscope, the ore and the manual.

In addition, the Geiger counter could be purchased separately.

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Spot the surveillance

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Now you see it....

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How to self-publish your novel

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A how-to from the Verge.

Fair warning: don't quit your day job.


Above and below, my most recent royalty check.


Just saying.

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Nihilism Soap — "There's nothing like it"




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