Hysteria 51

Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird - UFOs, Aliens, Mysteries, Conspiracies, the Paranormal, the Unusual, and the Unexplained. Hosts Brent Hand, David Flora, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.



episode 122: Nuclear Boy Scout: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Build a Nuclear Reactor | 122

Teenagers nowadays. No respect for their elders. I mean, as teens in our day we were walking uphill (both ways) to school in the snow. We didn’t have cellphones, we had pagers. If we needed a nuclear reactor, we built it in our backyard! Well, not all of us – but this week’s subject certainly tried. David Hahn was just another suburban kid, up until he MacGyver’d up a breeder reactor in his mom’s shed using not much more than a bunch of smoke detectors and old clocks. This week we dive into the how, where, and why of David Hahn – affectionately known as the Nuclear Boy Scout. Plus, we learn why Conspiracy Bot has a thing for Wheel of Fortune (hint: it’s the repartee), we learn how many smoke detectors you can buy without raising an eyebrow (hint: it’s a lot), and for some reason C-Bot actually helped with this week’s show (hint: it involves homemade nuclear power). All of that and more on the podcast that’s never built a nuclear reactor, but that definitely reacts nuclearly (is that a word?) on occasion – Hysteria 51.

Special thanks to this week’s research sources:
Research Assistant – Raymond Walden IV

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein

The Nuclear Boy Scout (2003) –documentary by Bindu Mathur
The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij1ohDmme3s

CS Monitor - https://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0316/p16s03-bogn.html
Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn
The Daily Mail - https://dailym.ai/2HvWXyH
Harper's Magazine - https://harpers.org/archive/1998/11/the-radioactive-boy-scout/
Fox News - https://www.foxnews.com/story/radioactive-boy-scout-charged-in-smoke-detector-theft
FBI - https://vault.fbi.gov/david-hahn/David%20Hahn%20Part%2001%20of%2001/view
ARS Technica - https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/radioactive-boy-scout-died-of-alcohol-poisoning-not-radiation-father-says/
Dangerous Laboratories - https://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/radscout.html
The News Stack - https://thenewstack.io/memories-life-radioactive-boy-scout/
Tributes - http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/David-Charles-Hahn-103989982
The Boy Scouts of America – https://www.scouting.org/
Mysterious Universe – https://bit.ly/2sP25DW
Homeland Security News Wire – http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/no-boy-scout-cannot-build-backyard-nuclear-reactor

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 2019-01-28  1h1m