Humankind has a funny thing about searching for the Miracle Product – the secret ingredient we can add to anything (especially if there’s a version of it out on the market already) and make it ten times better.

For a time, that miracle product was radium, a radioactive element. Today, we wouldn’t go anywhere near it without some sort of expert reassurance that we weren’t going to be harmed. But in the past, it was put in everything. What’s the best thing since sliced bread? Why, radium sliced bread, of course!

Anyway, this article on ten radioactive products people actually used is pretty hilarious. Doesn’t it make you wonder, though, if we’re making a similar mistake with a chemical today, and we won’t realize its side effects until decades down the line? Maybe blogging causes cancer.

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