Radioactive Boy Scout - How Teen David Hahn Built a Nuclear Reactor

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RedKB : Ok fine YouTube, I'll watch this video.

Danaea Fugate : Guy: Aren't you a little young too be playing with radioactive stuff? David:yes, yes i am.

Original Username : Narrator is talking all high and mighty, but this kid is probably 10x times smarter than him

Edwin Wiles : Oh give me a break. Yet another piece of useless FUD that I have to debunk, because I tripped over it. The producer of this video obviously isn't interested in the truth, just making another buck off YouTube by scaring people with the word "radiation". TL;DR: 1) The materials used CANNOT emit neutron radiation, so there's no way he was going to make a breeder reactor. 2) The vast majority of the radiation is stopped by a simple piece of paper. 3) He obviously did not understand the materials or he would never have bothered trying for a nuclear reactor of any sort. So let's bring in some hard numbers. The only hard number in the video is "1000 times background". The worst background in the world (outside of a genuine nuclear disaster like Chernobyl) is 6.24 mSv per year. Multiply that by a thousand, and you get 6240 mSv per year. Sounds like a lot, yes? Well, no, it isn't. To get that dose you would have to spend the entire year (24/365) in intimate contact with the material. "Intimate" as in stark naked bathing in the stuff, since most of it (say 90 to 95 percent) is blocked by a simple piece of paper, and the remaining 5 to 10 percent is blocked by a sheet of aluminum foil. So, let's look at something more realistic. He's working multiple jobs. He's got school. There's no way he's spending more than a couple of hours a day in the shed, except on weekends, and even then he isn't likely to be spending the whole day. So let's say on average he spends 3 hours a day in close proximity. Let's further say that his clothing and the shielding around the materials don't count for squat, which is ridiculous, but so is this video. That means that in one year, he spent about 12% of his time in that shed. Okay, let's reduce that ridiculous yearly total to what he actually would have received: 760 mSv/year. Which he didn't even get, because he wasn't exposed to the whole mass for even that much time, so let's cut it in half: 380 mSv. It takes 1000 mSv in a SINGLE dose to make you sick. An accumulation of 1000 mSv over an entire lifetime increases your chances of cancer by 5%. The exposure at Chernobyl for the people who were relocated was 350 mSv over a much shorter time than what he experienced. Was this a good idea? No. Was it going to damage his health? Maybe, decades on down he might develop cancer; more if he inhaled any of the material, as it would be trapped inside his body. Was it a serious risk to anyone else? No. Only someone who actually entered the shed would have received anything like a significant does. Thousands of people at risk? Nope. Even the EPA was overblowing the danger, but that was probably the only way they could get Uncle Sam to cut loose with enough money to haul the junk away. Disposing of it in the trash? Well, what do YOU do with a dead smoke detector? Until municipalities started having household hazardous disposal, you didn't have much choice but to throw it in the trash, did you? So lets look at what happens if you do. It either goes to a land-fill, and gets buried under yards of dirt and trash; or it goes to an incinerator. If it goes to an incinerator, it ends up in one of two places, dispersed in the air adding very little to the background radiation, or it's in the ashes, which ... end up in the land-fill anyway. A land fill, which is a reasonable place to put such low-risk radiation if people weren't scared of their wits by so much as a stray electron.

Shae Annalese : Stop with the opinionated commentating bruh.

Bisqwit : I hate the narrator for continually suggesting/insisting that the experiments should have been stopped and the boy should have been prohibited from continuing his science experiments and studies. NO! What he should have been, but wasn’t, is to be taught how to conduct his experiments in a safe and controlled manner, wearing protective gear and so on.

John Rex The T-Rex Gamer : Well he earned his radioactivity badge

Chicken Nugget : And guys this is how jimmy neutron ended

Mr. Warcake : The adults the adults the adults, we get it.

LM Bro : *B O O M* mexicans : did you feel something?

Gaby Lara : Chernobyl: Hold my beer.

ThatGuy : The ACTUAL LESSON, should be if you're going to do something do it right and in a safe manner. I can't blame the parents. They didn't know what EXACTLY was going on. And the narrator seemed to kind of but not really subtly try to push a political agenda at the end, but just a little

Rushly Reacts : Damn this guy could have been a great inventor

Dave Hyler : High end overpriced beaker? Sure, why not. An extra dollar or two for some cheap safety goggles? No thanks...

how dy : David: calls czheckslovakia and gets uranium Me: calls Mexican friend to say what’s up and gets put on government watchlist

Idiot Y. : *"Chernoboy"*

Discovery Outdoors / Matt-N-Abra : I think we can all agree... He earned that freaking badge!

its tiki. : i know what im doing this weekend ;)

The Tech Support Gamer : he didnt build a reactor he built a pile of radioactive trash.

Fired Up Toast : *SNEEK 100*

Chris L : The REAL sad part of this story is that with all those smarts, knowledge and understanding thay David had, he could habe become a nuclear physicists or something, but didnt. He could have done A LOT with the ammount of intelligence that david showed from a VERY early age. Which is near genius levels, but it was never encouraged or directed into a healthy outlet. I can only hope that my son shows this tyoe of intelligence and passion for something like David did. But his parents cared more about what happened to their house then their son and instead of helping him learn correctly and set him on a path of success, he was baisically told to "go play in the basement and leave us alone" and because of that he nearly killed himself multiple times and ended up living a life of mediocrity and was never able to grow his knowledge or put his intelligence to good use. THAT is the sad part.

Sergey Bober : David didn’t build a reactor. He didn’t build a neutron gun as you need strong magnetic fields to hold/direct neutrons. Narrator should study physics better in high school and not call pile of waste “nuclear reactor”. David just collected and concentrated radioactive materials in one place. What about Home Depot wearhouse, stocking hundreds smoke detectors? Or medical warehouses, stocking radioactive gadgets in hundreds/thousands? Are they safe for neighborhood? Boy could be good engineer or scientist. Just needs some attention to him from parents, school and Eagle Scouts staff.

misstrKevin : You keep saying “legit” it’s very annoying.

Michael Borough : OH. MY. GOD. #IHaveANewGodToWorship. Radioactive boy, god of teenagers.

john m : Do scouts really wear that gay shit on their scarf? Wasn't like that when I was in British scouts 25 years ago

my channel : 2:10 You shouldnt put a stop to some kids love in chemistry You should teach him how to do it right without limiting him why are people that actually make a difference and who are not stale always portrait as a villain (Go watch Cody's videos that might shine a light on what im trying to say)

Grammar Police : Honey, dinner's ready. OK MOM BUT LET ME FINISH MY NUCLEAR REACTOR FIRST!! Ok, but hurry, it'll get cold.

Uncle Bryce : Show this on T.V. yesterday. Cool story! Eagle Scout candidates usually just build wooden benches for local parks.

BNutsTV : A little radiation helps build your immune system.

Zap 70 : Fallout Boy-scout

Izten K : This kid is the true phineas and ferb

Nathan Prena : Moral of the story is have fun, invent but do it safely and teach safety first.

David Sheldrake : "He had a fully functional nuclear reactor" No he didn't, he had a very basic and inefficient neutron bombardment system, it did not achieve critical mass.Breeders use neutron capture in the blanket to produce Pu239 (and some Pu240) while Thorium 232 based reactors are used to produce U233 Radiation measurement is an exact science, saying his materials produce 1,000x BG is a little miss-leading, it depends on time,emission and what is dosed. 100 siverts into a tumor? not a problem, a full body dose of 100 siverts...you are all done (by a factor of 10x easily) Interesting video but unfortunately not very accurate

Trevor Darnall : 13:27 well he graduated to making meth judging by the scabs on his face...chemistry is fun!!

Christopher Miller : This kids a freaking baller

ben king : His face in that last picture looks like he is suffering with radiation sickness

Jonathan Neal : Okay, YouTube, I'll watch the video about the Boy Scout with a nuke

Jackson Jack : Im assuming he died of alcohol poisoning because he could no longer do what he loved after that + guilt for whom he may have hurt. Sad. Where was the secret government agency that would have hired him in the movies? Or shoot, even real life like the Catch Me If You Can guy.

Aticco : I can just emagen this kid coming to school boasting about making a nuclear reactor in his mom's backyard

Abonanno24601 : He used to live above me. He went nuts. He had a sad life.

MrN1c3Guy100 : They should not have arrest him but his parents....

Mike Gervasi : "David Hahn shows what one motivated Eagle Scout and his shed can do" -Sgt Hartman

Gus Custard : It’s a shame he died like that, he could’ve become a great scientist! he was obviously gifted.

Mike Litoris : Welcome to the new age

DJEDz TV : take his passion away? if my kid was so interested in chemistry i would never stop him from doing stuff..

Λυris : *_Parenting skills_*

Dan Richards : Heard about this over a decade ago in a short mention article. Was wondering if it was true. Finally heard the whole story. I hope there was an examination after his death on the effects. Are those meth scabs all over his face or from radiation poisoning?

Anthony LaPiana : Imagine if he tried to build a nuclear bomb...

Christopher Hatch : The *Lesson* here is that you should give kids free reign to follow their creative curiosities in an environment and with skilled teachers to further their development. Science and knowledge are not to blame here. So don't lock up your kids or stifle their curiosity. They could very well be what the world will need.

Demon Gaming : This world doesn't celebrate people that are ahead of the curve; it fears them. David had the intelligence and drive, but none of the experience and knowledge to apply it correctly. He came from a broken home and had parents that took no interest in his hobby of science. Instead of trying to understand their son, they ignored him because they were likely unable or unwilling to relate to him. When David failed miserably, people were so quick to call him reckless and a criminal (like this narrator here) that they overlooked his potential; not as a villain, but as someone who genuinely wanted to make the world a better place. The totally biased narrator (who obviously hates David for some reason) even points out in this hit piece, that David's goal was to solve the world's energy problems. Instead of giving this kid any kind of direction, they threw him in jail, slandered his name in the press, and drove his mother to suicide. Instead of being a productive member of society, David was vilified and broken and resigned to a life of failure until drinking himself to death. David Hahn at least had good intentions. All this narrator wants is to make a little ad revenue while dancing on David's grave apparently. Hit Like and Subscribe for more of that I'm sure.