There’s nothing like Swedish home cooking (husmanskost). Kroppkakor (potato dumplings). Blåbärssoppa (blueberry soup). Kärnenergi (nuclear energy).
Richard Handl of Ängelholm in Skåne (home of the UFO Memorial) is 31 and unemployed, so he used his involuntary free time to exercise his joy of cooking. He tried to cook up a nuclear reactor in his kitchen. Not finding Americium, Radium and Beryllium in his local supermarket, Mr. Handl bought them on eBay. Simmering these ingredients in a 96% reduction of sulphuric acid was not entirely successful, and resulted in a stove-top explosion.
Concerned about this culinary mishap, Mr. Handl consulted with the chefs of the Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority) who promptly had him arrested. He faces charges of up to two years in prison. Mr. Handl has been released on bail, probably on a strict diet of take-out food.
Richard’s Reactor blog
Nuclear reactors provide 20% of Sweden’s electricity. See “Sweden: Energy Mix Fact Sheet,” European Commission
“Swedish culinary classics,” Lena Katarina Swanberg and Carl Jan Granqvist, Sweden.se
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