Boy Scout Tried To Build a Nuclear Reactor in His Backyard

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  • Published on: 05 September 2018
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COMMENTS: 40

  • The Infographics Show

    What was the most enthusiastic thing you've done in your youth? Did you finish it?

  • Dzhaner K
    Dzhaner K   1 days ago

    Who is here from Young Sheldon?

  • Dave Wantz
    Dave Wantz   2 days ago

    “Died of alcohol poisoning”Yeah, massive depression will do that...

  • Poopy John
    Poopy John   1 months ago

    Smh authorities always ruin everything

  • Poor Redneck World
    Poor Redneck World   1 months ago

    It's to bad those meddling cops butted in. Would have been great for him to succeed

  • Helbert Remo
    Helbert Remo   1 months ago

    Came here to build one, goodness they provide list of raw ingredients

  • Marko s_gaming BG
    Marko s_gaming BG   1 months ago

    Boy: Becomes a young nuclear scientistGovernment: im about to end this man whole carrier

  • Julet Landret
    Julet Landret   1 months ago

    There's a video that explains how to make it

  • DJOODI
    DJOODI   1 months ago

    I mean, if he had all this ambition about nuclear science, why not get the schooling he needed to work for an actual nuclear power company? He could have done well for himself, haste makes waste, I guess.

  • OIL
    OIL   2 months ago

    what happened to the narrator? I really liked him

  • Miss Ped
    Miss Ped   2 months ago

    Mom! Phineas and Ferb are building a Nuclear Reactor in the back yard!

  • Yash Kumar
    Yash Kumar   2 months ago

    So, basically he was just like tony stark in the caveMaking arc reactors from used things

  • Michael Morales
    Michael Morales   2 months ago

    Im making a robotic ragdoll from the movie 9 and im not done with it.

  • Some Dandy
    Some Dandy   3 months ago

    The music kind of clashed considering the sad and empty death this guy suffered. Dead from alcohol poisoning - That's tragic. Imagine where this kid could have gone if some nuclear engineer had taken him under their wing.Also...you spoke about a green glow emanating from the barn in the beginning. Is that really what happened? Was there a green glow?...or were there just lots of hazmat trucks? Let's not feed into the Disney-fueled illusion that dangerous things glow green. Most don't glow at all.

  • ZaneyBoss
    ZaneyBoss   3 months ago

    This would be a great true story movie

  • Cancer Incarnated
    Cancer Incarnated   3 months ago

    I like how he put Radium and Nitric Acid on the same scale lol.

  • Cancer Incarnated
    Cancer Incarnated   3 months ago

    He didn't go from "Ordinary school boy" to nuclear reactor builder. He was doing chemistry for like 5 years. And he didn't do it for his merit badge. This video REALLY devalues this kid's work as a chemist.

  • Josh Glover
    Josh Glover   3 months ago

    If he had done this post 9/11, he would never see the light of day again!

  • FractalsAndMore
    FractalsAndMore   3 months ago

    I see all kinds of comments saying this kid was "leonardo da vinci" and that he should have been recruited and that the government failed him etc. But the sad truth is that this kid did not understand any of the math. He was suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect and he built a complex but false fantasy world around a small vial of radium laced paint and some lithium batteries.

  • FractalsAndMore
    FractalsAndMore   3 months ago

    Of course a "boy scout" cannot build a nuclear reactor primarily because he cannot produce or obtain the required amount of enriched uranium. I have seen this story before and I think it may be a gimmick to sell books. Nevertheless I will share a personal story:I grew up in a frugal family in the 1980's. As a kid in kindergarten and early grade school, I watched Mr. Wizard's world on television and I read every science book I could in the school library. When the family VCR broke, I dreamed for a while that I could build a new one. In my youthful lack of knowledge I thought that all I would need to make a working VCR was a motor to turn the tape, a coil to read the tape, and an amplifier to boost the signal. I even thought that one day I could go into business making VCR's. However, the project never really got off the ground.When I grew up and learned more about electronics, I realized that even a VCR is much more complex than it looks on the surface, and that I could never have made one myself. To think as a kid that I could have made a VCR is similar to the "Dunning Kruger effect".In the 1980's a VCR cost hundreds of dollars. Today, a VCR is nothing. I still lack the knowledge required to make a VCR from scratch, but it doesn't matter because they are obsolete. The rate of technological advancement is astounding.