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flower exposed to radiation from #fukishima nuclear facility Japan
This is supposedly a byproduct of the nuclear power plant disaster, yeah?
‘cause that happened in 2011, whereas instances of this photo dating from 2008 onward can be found all over the internet. I’m pretty sure this is just your average, mutated flower. Why wouldn’t there be a whole field of mutant plants? This kind of stuff happens to flowers more than you’d think, and particularly to daisies. More mutant flowers here and explanations of what can cause this kind of abnormal growth!
But yeah once again tumblr is a haven of false ‘facts.’
In which Gab provides context for my earlier post.
Imma get all science on this and talk about cesium-137, which is one of the radioactive isotopes released in the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Technically, cesium-137 behaves chemically as potassium does, so it shouldn’t cause mutations. Actually at Chernobyl and in parts of Japan (conducted by NGOs) sunflowers and other flowers (such as amaranth) have been planted to reduce the radiation in soil since the plants use the isotopes to grow. While these plants become radioactive, I don’t think there’s any evidence that they are mutated. Once radiation is removed from the soil, the plants should be harvested, composted and stored (since they are still radioactive and all).
Everytime I see this I feel sad.
It’s okay Pluto. I’m not a planet either.
Stfu Pluto IS a planet!
Saying Pluto isn’t a planet is like saying Geri isn’t a Spice Girl
Please guys, come on. Pluto just isn’t a planet. Pluto is cool and groovy and we should love it for what it is but we shouldn’t force our expectations on it. Let Pluto be Pluto. It doesn’t need this kind of pressure.