Possibly a topic of conversation here... Has anyone heard of this book / story? It really is amazing-scary. Possibly the most strange aspect about it, for me, is that it happened in my subdivision. I talked to a few neighbors who were there when things came to a head. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/037550351X/102-8290091-8413750 The original Harper's article is here to save you from buying the book. http://www.geektimes.com/michael/culture/humor/items/Geekish/radioactive.html It really is amazing how this kid got as far as he did.