TIL as a U.S. Navy officer, Jimmy Carter helped clean up after the first nuclear reactor accident in Canada in 1952

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Makes sense since he was a nuclear technician on one of the first nuclear submarines.


After the Three Mile Island accident near Harrisburg, PA my father gave Jimmy Carter a tour of the plant. Carter was given a dosimeter to read the background radiation in the area he was touring. He looked at it and said, “hmmm. I should be dead about now.” They had given him a broken dosimeter by mistake.


>the supervisor noticed several control rods being pulled from the core, and found an operator in the basement opening pneumatic valves. That reads about right.


The radiation caused a mutation that made Carter immortal.


He dumped peanut shells in the reactor to soak up the radioactive juices