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9 Things That Would Actually Happen to a Superhero Exposed to Radiation or Mutagen

CJ Miozzi | 6 Aug 2014 21:50
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Radiation and Mutagen effects

Superheroes are corrupting our youth.

Take little Jesse here, who just yesterday was seen playing in nuclear waste, exclaiming merrily, "I'm gonna become a ninja turtle!" Or little Timmy, who casually strolled into the local hospital's radiation wing and was found playing with an X-ray machine, asking, "Which button turns me into the Hulk?"

Okay, this isn't a real problem. No one in our modern world actually believes that radiation will give you superpowers, but that wasn't always the case. There was a time, before the dawn of the Internet, when radiation was still mysterious enough to us that our culture started to fill with tales of mutation and masked heroes given superhuman abilities thanks to some form of radiation exposure.

But what effect would radiation or a mutagen actually have on a living being? Is there any truth at all to this superhero mythos? Let's analyze the facts behind the fiction - not because it is necessary to do so, not to criticize the work, and not even to prove how unrealistic the fiction is. We do this for one reason alone: for science!

Read on for nine things that could actually happen to heroes exposed to radiation or mutagens.

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