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.

3 comments:

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...