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    I was talking to a fellow recently who had attended our NAWCC Chapter BBQ near Vancouver. As he was crossing back to the US and waiting in the line up. Several US Customs Agents approached his car. They asked him if he was OK and had anything wrong with him. The fellow is 92. So that was an obvious question. He said no and that he felt fine. When he got to the gate they pulled him over into the waiting area asked he and his wife to come inside. They then proceeded to search his car. A few minutes later they returned with a clock he had brought to the Mart. The clock was from a WWII submarine and had a radium dial. The sensitive instruments at the border had picked up the radio active material over 100 feet from the border crossing. Following this he was allow to carry on home.