17 Y.O. Boy Scout Built A Nuclear Reactor In His Mom’s Backyard

The story of David Charles Hahn (1976-2016) is not an ordinary one.

Back in 1994, in a shed next to his mother’s house, the then 17-year-old David Hahn made a nuclear reactor from batteries, old clocks, lanterns, uranium from Czechoslovakia and duct tape. The story attracted media attention and David was named the ‘Radioactive Boy Scout.’

David Hahn was a boy scout from a small town who was always fascinated with science and chemistry.

David’s passion grew even further when he acquired ‘The Golden Book Of Chemistry Experiments,’ as a gift from his grandfather.

David converted his mother’s basement into a lab where he could conduct chemical experiments.

During one accident, the family home was set on fire and Hahn’s mother decided that he should move his ‘lab’ into the shed in the backyard.

As a boy scout, David earned an Atomic Energy Merit Badge, which gave him the idea to build his own nuclear reactor.

He got in touch with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and started corresponding with them, pretending to be a physics teacher.

After the project was finished, the radiation levels in the area had risen dramatically, so David decided to dismantle the reactor.

While trying to get rid of it, David was stopped by the police and arrested. The authorities had cleared the shed off all nuclear materials.

David never agreed to do any tests to determine any possible damage done by his experiments, due to fear of what he might find.

Sadly, Hahn passed away in 2016 aged just 39, due to alcohol poisoning.


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Car Hacks For Every Car Owner

Your trusty car has taken you on plenty of journeys. Why not put in a little work to make that time as convenient, clean, and organized as possible?
Check out these cool car hacks to make your experience even better.

Use toothpaste to clean your headlights.

You can use toothpaste to clean hazy headlights — it really works!

Just smear some toothpaste on your headlights, rub it in, and wipe it off.

DIY Air Freshener

Make your own air freshener by putting a couple scented wax cubes in a mason jar with holes in the lid.

Cupcake Holders in Your Cup Holders

If you place one of those silicone cupcake liners in your cupholder, they’ll make it much easier to dump out and wipe clean!

Caribiner Holder

Use a couple of carabiners to create headrest hooks.

You can use them to keep your groceries, purse, umbrella, or pretty much anything else off the floor.

Something For Parents

A muffin tray in a small basket is much sturdier than the drink trays you usually get from fast food restaurants —and they can hold more drinks, too.

Laundry Baskets For Storage

Pop a couple laundry baskets in your trunk and use them to hold your groceries whenever you go shopping.

Not only will this keep them from falling over, but it also makes it easier to carry them all in at once.

Bungee Cord Hangers

Loop the bungee cord through the bag handles to keep them from falling over and spilling.

Use Kitty Litter

During the winter months, it’s smart to keep a bucket of kitty litter in your trunk. It can be used to increase traction on icy roads in a pinch.

Also, having the extra weight in your car can increase traction if your vehicle has rear-wheel drive!

You can also place some in a sock on your dashboard to keep your windshield from fogging up.

Use a Shoe Oranizer

Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your passenger seat for an easy way to organize kids toys and snacks.

A Magnetic Phone Mount

Seriously, you can easily find one on Amazon for under 10 bucks, and they are such a game changer.

Not having to fiddle with your phone mount every time you get into and out of the car is worth the (very small!) investment.

Command Hook Hanger

Install one of those Command hooks on the center console (or another convenient location) as a place to hang your purse while you drive.

You can also use it to hold a gift bag (as seen above) or anything else you don’t want to tip over.

Use Your Headrest In An Emergency

If you ever need to get out of your car and can’t open the door, the metal spikes that attach your headrest to your seat can be used to break the glass.

They work best if you push them into the gap at the bottom of the window and pry the window free.


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