The New International Radiation Symbol

I was under impression that almost everyone in the world knew the international radiation symbol:

Old Radiation Symbol

After all its been only featured in hundreds of movies, books, children’s cartoons, video games and taught to millions of children in schools during the cold war era. To miss this symbol and it’s significance, you either have to be really, really dumb or be completely disconnected from the cultural aftermath of the cold war era.

But apparently countless numbers of people ignore the dreaded trefoil symbol, and remove themselves from the human gene pool. I call this natural selection – these people are obviously unfit to breed if they fail to recognize this symbol. Especially since it is rarely posted without a big “DANGER! RADIATION!” note attached next to it.

However it seems that IAEA and ISO figured that this was a problem, and so they designed a new symbol, which is so literal that even an inbred, retard with a full frontal lobotomy could figure it out:

New Radiation Symbol

Even if you are one of those religious nuts and you don’t believe in radiation and other science stuff, it still kinda works. With the trefoil looking like an eye in the sky, shooting down arrows, and the Jolly Eoger symbol it can be interpreted as: “God will smite you” or “you will be chased by sky pirates”. Either way, it clearly motivates you to stay away.

It is perhaps the dumbest thing I saw in years, but I guess this is what it takes to keep people from drinking heavy water these days. If this is not an indication that we are getting dumber as a species, I don’t know what is. Idiocracy, here we come.

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8 Responses to The New International Radiation Symbol

  1. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    You’re kidding me, there are people that don’t know the radiation symbol?

    The new one is just weird..
    hehe, you will be chased by sky pirates.. hehehehehe

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  2. Craig Betts UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Solaris Terminalist says:

    CAUTION- Flying propellers may hit happy skulls and castrated joggers

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  3. Miloš UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hahahaha…why are people so dumb! I believe that it all starts at home; each family must be responsible for preparing (educating, teaching, creating awareness in) individuals entering our societies as responsible and intelligent human beings with opposable thumbs.

    Second crucial factor is our educational system, which (to be polite) leaves A LOT to be desired.

    We need to stop babying people and make them learn and be accountable for what they do (or don’t do).

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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    You know… Perhaps this is true. Given good upbringing, and adequate education even the people with lower IQ could possibly grow up to be reasonable, logical and thoughtful individuals.

    But then again, you can’t really expect dumb parents to rise their child in an intelligent manner, or dumb teachers to educate students in a smart way…

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  5. Elephantman UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Well, although it is dumb,
    You have to look at the psychology of it. Yellow is a lot less repellent than red.

    Keep the children in mind. They don’t know what the fuck the yellow sign means. But, (good question) why are there dumb people around radiation?

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  6. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    why are there dumb people around radiation

    Come on, don’t you think that high powered managers, politicians or generals would have access to nuclear resources? And they are as dumb as it gets.

    Hell, a guy who can’t even pronounce nuclear has the launch keys to the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world.

    The fact that they are dumb, doesn’t mean they are not rich, powerful or influential.

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  7. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Keep the children in mind. They don’t know what the fuck the yellow sign means.

    They should know what it means – if they don’t, then they need to be taught so that we don’t get idiots playing around with radiation

    Instead of changing the sign they should do a mass mailing of leaflets explaining the meaning of the current sign and why radioactivity is bad for you (simplify it down to “go near stuff with this sign on, you’re gonna get cancer and/or become infertile” – that should keep them away)

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  8. Ryan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    A propellor-shaped cloud will precipitate rain and snow down on anyone who is either dead or running extremely quickly…..DUHH!

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