Hi all! Quick physics question for the resident geniuses. I just got back from seeing a movie which had an ending that was rather questionable from a scientific perspective. Now, obviously, I know this was a movie, but it got me thinking. Before I pose the question, I’ll give some spoilerfied background info for those of you who are curious to know a few more details.
In the “film” Cradle 2 the Grave (I was bored and it was the only thing showing) there exist some “black stones” which can be stripped of their protons by a very pretty green laser to thus produce an synthetic fissile material with a yield apparently greater than plutonium 100 times its size. My physics knowledge isn’t as great as I’d like it to be, thus I can’t take it upon myself to claim that this particular idea is bogus, but if anyone else would like to jump at it, go right ahead. My particular question revolves around the final scene in which one of these stones, already blasted with a laser and stored in a radiation-safe vial, is stuffed down the bad-guy’s throat and broken in his esophagus with a strong chop. This apparently causes the bad-guy to die a most horrendous death involving bloating tissue, light being emitted from under his skin, and his flesh finally reaching the same texture and consistency as that of a pork rind. Let us ignore the fact that a chopping strike to the throat strong enough to break the vial probably should have killed him anyway.
So, yeah, basically, what would the effects be of suddenly having a roughly 2cm shard of weapons-grade fissile material suddenly lodged in one’s esophagus?