On the downside, everything else about radiation. On the upside... retweets?

My personal translation of Bing's weird translation: "Fascinating...up to four stalks were growing together, some of which resulted in blooms with the wheels facing in." (Via Twitter)

A Japanese amateur photographer who goes by the handle @san_kaido is getting a lot of online attention this month after stopping to notice the flowers around him. Specifically, for stopping to notice that even 4 years later, even 70-something miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that suffered a meltdown in March 2011, daisies in Nasushiobara City were clearly displaying visible social-media-worthy genetic effects of radiation.


Daisies, for whatever reason, must be particularly susceptible to such effects, as I recall photos of mutated yellow daisies being written up shortly after the accident. There were also a bunch of misshapen vegetables that grew in the surrounding region, which got their 15 minutes of fame in 2013. Here's hoping that the cleanup efforts can eventually bring the ambient radiation down to a level that discourages Internet-shareable mutations in the local flora and fauna. In the meantime, if you have to risk life and limb by living there, I guess rake in the shares?

Sources: Fukushima Diary