A Japanese Cartoon Explains the Nuclear Disaster

If you’re having trouble understanding the crisis at Japan’s damaged nuclear plant, maybe this will help. Someone in Japan made a cartoon about it for children, and compared it to a little kid crapping his pants.

First, the narrator explains that a character called “Nuclear Boy” had a stomachache.  Then he passed gas, but nothing solid came out, which is good.

And apparently Japanese kids learn about the Periodic Table of Elements a lot earlier than we do, because there’s one part where it talks about the chemical “boron” being used to help make sure Nuclear Boy doesn’t get too hot.

If that happens, it says he could have “diarrhea” like “Chernobyl Boy” did.