Don't eat the magic blue glitter
March 31, 2011 10:32 AM Subscribe
posted by nevercalm (123 comments total)
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In 1971, a clinic in Brazil bought a radiation therapy machine. Fourteen years later, the practice closed and was abandoned. On September 13th, 1987, two men sold the inner canister of the machine for scrap. Upon breaking it open, a scrapyard employee found sparkling, glowing blue powder. It was distributed to family and friends, who used for decorative and magical purposes. Sixteen days later, 112,000 people were in Olympic stadium, being tested for radiation poisoning.
"The powder enthralled everyone. Devair began to suspect that it might be supernatural. His brother dipped a finger into the dust and drew a cross on his abdomen. Maria slept in bedclothes covered in the sparkly blue dust. Neighbors and acquaintances came to the Ferreiras’ home to take some of the mystical powder for good luck. Six-year-old Leide rubbed the powder all over her arms so that she glowed and sparkled. The bedclothes, the house, and the girl were covered in crystals."
The Goiânia accident
was a radioactive contamination accident
that occurred in the Brazilian State of Goiás. It resulted in four deaths and radioactive contamination of 245 other people.
There are some pictures of the clinic and very specific stats here.
The Legacy of Goiânia.