This picture is from the newspaper at the grocery store. The gas mask makes for an otherworldly, other-creature look out of our collective nightmares, does it not? And of course a gas mask can just filter out radio-active airborne particles. It doesn’t really protect against the radiation itself .. or maybe some masks have a lead lining? (I’m sure the picture is from Japan since we’re not under any threat of any possible radiation from the troubled reactor there). The second picture is a happier one – of the kid running rice through his hands. No harm done since the rice will be cooked, and if only it were as easy as that to get rid of contamination!