I was watching this video of BBC's QI and Today I learned a few things about Radium and Madame Curie.
from W: > "[At the beginning of the 20th century] The damaging effects of ionizing radiation were not then known, and much of her work had been carried out in a shed, without taking any safety measures. She had carried test tubes containing radioactive isotopes in her pocket and stored them in her desk drawer, remarking on the pretty blue-green light that the substances gave off in the dark."
People had no idea that Radium was harmful and it was used on many things that were placed in direct contact with the skin, or actually ingested. Millionaire Eben Byers is noted for drinking 1500 bottles of a "snake oil" radium tonic recommended to him by his doctor. This led to radium being absorbed into all of the bones in his body, leading to... keep reading on reddit ➡