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12 August 2005 @ 01:45 pm
Yes, i'm silly  
Hey! Once we get that genetic engineering thing licked, we should make it so that humans can metabolize lead and work it into the structure of their skin. You'd kill two birds with one stone, no more lead poisoning and no more potential damage from random forms of radiation like cell phones :) It might make space travel a bit safer too.

Hmmm, i suppose medical professionals would have a bit of a problem with x-rays and such. I guess they could do a quick test to see what your lead content was for the day and then pump up the power of the x-ray proportionally.

Of course either they'd have to figure out a way to incorporate the lead into the cells without changing the color, or we'd all have to get used to being grey. Although maybe that would kill a third bird as well and eliminate some racial issues :)
 
 
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Johndolohov on August 12th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
It'd be better to work the lead into your bones. No x-ray problems, no skin color problems, and no (imaginary) cell phone brain cancer problems.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 12th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
But that wouldn't provide any protection from high altitude flights or spaceflight, ultraviolet light, or global thermonuclear war!

It seems rather silly to go through all the trouble only to get protection against the dubious dangers of cell phones :)
Johndolohov on August 13th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
Well, the skull completely encases the brain, though. And the lead there would be more concentrated -- you'd have to gobble several pounds of lead to get the same effect over your whole skin. Of course, everyone would walk around with neck muscles like football players, but there's a cost to everything.
Andrewneonelephant on August 12th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
What, you don't think people are dense enough already? ;-)
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 13th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
Well the bone idea might make them rather dense, but i can't imagine that you could add that much weight to your _skin._ Of course if people started eating too much lead candy you might get really scary results...
cwendy41cwendy41 on August 13th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Ooooh! New way to break windows: throwing people into windows!

Or drop people onto peanut butter jars and cans or aerosol.

(That's what we do with lead bricks in our spare time.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 13th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
I doubt just having lead in the skin would add _that_ much weight :)

But now, after dropping the lead bricks onto peanut butter jars you could eat the peanut butter coated lead! It would be the new reeses pieces! :)
Usquebausqueba on August 13th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
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