[–] caroling 1 points (+1|-0)

Did they all get irradiated by doing this?

[–] pembo210 [OP] 2 points (+2|-0) Edited

Only a very small amount. They showed no signs of radiation sickness and most went on to live 30+ years. The early radioactive material was barely refined compared to today's standards. The early tests produced around one watt of heat. In comparison, using a bic lighter for a second is more than 80 watts.