The mention of Three Mile Island reminds me of a recent anecdote from a nuclear engineer friend of mine. A PR meeting he and some fellow power company employees had with some anti-nuke activists involved a not-so-bright colleague of his informing the anti-nukers that, during a recent control rod change at the reactor where he works, he had been exposed to three times the dosage resulting from the Three Mile Island incident.

They, naturally, recoiled in horror, surprised that this man was not melting into a radioactive blob in front of their eyes. Of course, as Jayne once said, “Ten percent of nothin’ is, let me do the math here… nothin’ and a nothin’, carry the nothin’… “