I would love to show you more of my flowers, but decided to throw you a curve instead. Kind of like Brexit??? Don't get me wrong. I don't know if the leaving is good or bad, but the stock market right now is making me think it wasn't such a good thing, but what do I know. Anyway...
If you are old enough, you will remember going to the shoe store (where we used to have to buy shoes) and climbing up the steps on this machine to get a possibly lethal dose of - RADIATION?
These shoe fitting fluoroscope machines were actually built in the early 1900's, but they became commonplace after the war in the forties. Every shoe store had one. It was fun to see the X-rays of your foot bones and the more times you did it the more radiation you received. So, if you were a little brat like me, you kept climbing up on it.
It became known that people were being given extreme radiation exposure; the doses had large variations between the machines. Bone cancers and genetic effects were being logged and by 1953, the US FDA banned them, but some were still in use as late as 1970.
A college physics professor of mine told me if I had used one, I should be monitored for cancer.
I saw a restoration show in 2012 and they tested one of these machines for radiation before they started to tear it down. The meter reading was off the charts.
Just thought you might like to know this little factoid.