CBC News headline: Nuclear explosions could be key to spotting fake paintings

It turns out that you don’t have to set off a nuke in order to identify a fake painting. The headline refers to aboveground nuclear detonations that took place between 1945 and 1963. “Flax fields absorbed the isotopes from nuclear fallout, resulting in traces of the isotopes in natural oils used in paints.” Any painting that is supposed to date from before 1945 should be completely free of these isotopes. If it sets off the Geiger counter, it’s a recent forgery.

So even radioactive fallout isn’t always a bad thing.

While I was perusing CBC News, I also noticed this headline: Montreal artist crams disco into a box

Excellent! Now make sure that box is nailed shut and bury it in a very deep hole. Do that and the Nobel Peace Prize is yours.

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