May 1, 1905

On This Date in! in 1905 in New York, radium was tested as a cure for cancer. I guess they believed Nietzche and tried to see what dosage of radium wouldn’t kill a person, but make them immune to cancer, like becoming immune to rattlesnake venom. All the people tested died. Nietzche was the philosopher who said, “That which doesn’t kill you, makes one stronger.” I guess radiation poisoning is an outlier of that equation.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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