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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

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Zero bananas equivalent
2295 votes / 8%
Between 0 and 3 bananas equivalent
8548 votes / 31%
Between 3 and 6 bananas equivalent
2997 votes / 10%
Between 6 and 12 bananas equivalent
1466 votes / 5%
A whole bunch!
3853 votes / 14%
You are ignoring my preferred way to measure radiation.
8241 votes / 30%

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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

• Errors, Errors everywhere... (Score:5, Insightful)

on Friday March 25, 2011 @01:51AM (#35608402)

Somehow, we've found a poll with worse numbering than the one that assumed most people were born within 20 miles of their current home. [slashdot.org]

At least it was possible for someone to live within 20 miles of home. Here, though, the only option that's possible to select is the last. That is, unless a "bunch" is defined as "all of the bananas found in a typical large grocery store."

• Re:Answering less than a bunch... (Score:4, Insightful)

on Friday March 25, 2011 @03:26PM (#35615404)

That may be true for an uneaten banana, but once you eat it you put that radiation inside your body where it does far more harm [...]

That's completely false. As explained in Wikipedia [wikipedia.org],

According to Bowes and Church's nutrition guide, the dose equivalent of eating a banana is about 0.01 mrem (or 0.1 Sv). [my emphasis]

So, just standing near a banana has no real measurable effect on your health, you have to eat it to get the 0.01 mrem. Furthermore, it also says:

When you eat a banana, your body's level of Potassium-40 doesn't increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero.

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