Monday, July 28, 2008

You can cook your wienies right on your counter! Who Knew.

This might be the scary part: A physics professor at Rice University is warning of a radioactive threat found in some kitchen countertops.

No, this might be the scary part: The professor found that some granite countertops contain levels of uranium that might expose homeowners to 100 millirems of radiation in just a few months — the annual exposure limit set by the Department of Energy for visitors to nuclear labs.

The I feel much better part: "Junk Science" says a spokesman for the Marble Institute of America, a trade group that represents the granite industry

Oh no, it just got scary again: The industry spokesman cited a University of Akron study that found granite varieties used in 85 percent of countertops were safe. [Emphasis added.]

Read more at the Houston Chronicle.


Amy in StL said...

It'll show those yuppies for not living with laminate like those of us poor folks!

David Amulet said...

Well, then it's clear: Spend 15% of your time humping your partner on the kitchen table instead of on the countertop.

Like, duh!

Dear Jane said...

Good to know they have such high standards...85%.

Could they sell cars or other products to the unsuspecting public that 15% of the time would spontaneously combust?

I dunno. But I am feeling much better about my circa 1979 ugly tile kitchen counter tops now...