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Family Joules

A physicist I know recently asked me:

“Would it be too ballsy for me to suggest that we label the amount of radiation for each household surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan the ‘Family Joules’?”

But then he smirked, as he said:

My Bad!

The Wired Science website has a good discussion of Japan’s March, 2011, nuclear crisis following a dramatic earthquake and tsunami.

A joule is a unit measure of energy as discussed in this Wikipedia article.

Nuclear explosions are measured in TNT equivalents, which also can be measured in joules, as discussed in this article.

“Family Jewels” is a crude term for certain male body parts, as noted by the online Urban Dictionary.

Mirriam Webster offers an online definition of the term “ballsy”.

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