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So last night, I went to a fetish party.

This is not something I normally do, but what the hell. A buddy of mine had offered to act as my mobile shield wall/native guide, and while you can accuse me of many, many things, lack of curiosity is not among them. The reasons I wanted to be an anthropologist were not all related to having seen Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom five hundred times.

And it was interesting. Not terribly well-populated, and admittedly there is only so much amusement I can derive from watching drunken frat boys electrocute various bits of their anatomy, but...interesting.  (Personally, electricity is of no erotic interest to me whatsoever--after that nerve conduction test a few years back, I can't even hear a bug zapper without twitching. Still, whatever floats your goat...) I suspect I am not enough of a voyeur to find such things really interesting, but like anything, it's probably more fun if you know more people.

This morning, I got up, entirely too early given how late I was out, and went to the flea market. Since my Fiestaware was the only survivor of my move, I took it as a sign and picked up an assortment, plus a couple of earthenware bowls that appealled to me.  And a duck decoy. I suspect I should resign myself to collecting duck decoys--I bought one a year or so back on a whim before I realized just how much I liked it, and have been keeping an idle eye out for them ever since. Mind you, this is not particularly a point in my life--living in a friend's house, everything I own in boxes, income severely curtailed--when I need to be buying duck decoys, but I run across them so rarely, and I have learned, like all collectors, to buy it when you see it, damnit.

So now my personal effects in my temporary base of operations consist of one suitcase of clothes, a radio, a stack of used books, a barong sculpture, a laptop and a duck decoy.  Because you gotta have the essentials, right?

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Isn't Fiestaware painted with Uranium?

That's what I always heard... and they make Geiger counters go nuts.

I've seen/ done it, in high school. If I remember right, I think the orange got the strongest reaction out of the equipment.

It's just the orange one. The brilliant orange color is caused by the uranium. Very pretty, but not so great for your health. So eventually they discontinued the orange fiesta ware, but you can still find it second hand. The other colors are fine.

Although it's not necessarily a big deal. You know lantern covers? Those are radioactive enough that they're pretty standard for testing Geiger counters to make sure they're working.

There are quite a few radioactive things in common use.

I should amend that to say that getting that much radiation is not a good thing, but it won't kill you in any immediate sense.

I know. I'm a certified radiation worker as of about a month ago. And I can't imagine even orange Fiestaware would be bad for your health unless you were pretty much sleeping with it. Even though certified radiation workers are restricted to 5 REMs a year, it's believed that we can actually get quite a bit more without much risk.

More likely they pulled it off the shelves as a PR thing. =)

I think they actually had to stop making it during WWII because the US gov't needed all the Uranium. But I'm not sure if they started making it again after WWII.

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