Are your accessories radioactive?
DUMB QUESTION, ALY. OBVIOUSLY NOT.
Except maybe just maybe the joke is on you, my dear friends.
(I say that with love. Obviously.)
One of my very favorite e-tailers, ASOS, had a bit of an issue a few days ago — they had to recall a bunch of cute black studded belts because they just (oops!) happened to be radioactive!
The belts tested positive for radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Now, this wasn’t an instant tail-grower or anything, in fact, Vogue UK reports that an internal report conducted by ASOS found than the leather peplum belt could cause injury if worn for more than 500 hours. Vogue also quotes a portion of the report, dubbed Project Purple Flower, that blames suppliers for accidentally contaminating metals during the refining process. Here is an excerpt:
“Unfortunately, this incident is quite a common occurrence. India and the Far East are large consumers of scrap metal for their home and foreign markets. During the refining process of these metals, orphaned radioactive sources are sometimes accidentally melted at the same time. This in turn [contaminates the process] and traps the radioactivity in the metal as an alloy or in suspension.”
But, um, even if that is the case, NO ONE WANTS TO BE RADIOACTIVE. Nor would they prefer their accessories to be.
Even better, ASOS says (according to this MSN post) that stuff like this is a “common occurrence,” as India (where the belts are made) is a large consumer of scrap metal and “radioactive sources are sometimes accidentally melted at the same time” during the refining process. Great.
Score one for the nudist colony. But wait, being naked all the time probably would — while lessening my risk of being radioactive — probably increase my risk of skin cancer.