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For those (majority) who failed to figure out what RBMK stood for.
Even I forgot what it stood for even through I could remember that it was something about reactors.
I wasn't trying to be mysterious, I thought that everybody knew what those things were.
Because we've all lived in the shadow of a Soviet-designed nuclear reactor?
No, I was mainly remembering all of the coverage surrounding the Chernobyl disaster. I guess I'm just too old.
Also there are still a number of these things still in operation, so yes, we all do live in the shadow of Soviet-era reactors in a way.
It sounds odd, I'm sure, but I didn't pay that much attention to the Chernobyl disaster. I was 25 at the time and my wife and I were preoccupied with trying to conceive our first child (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more). Most of what I've since learned about it has been in the form of documentaries. I just kind of shrugged it off as more Soviet incompetence. There are 2 nuclear plants within 30 miles of my house which have been there for most of my life and I used to regularly fish near one of them. Duke Energy runs them and has an excellent record so I really don't think about it much. Some visitors do tend to get alarmed when they spot the evacuation route signs around town though.
If it helps, I knew exactly what you meant by 'RBMK'. Can't remember what it stands for (I don't speak Russian), but it's in my "household vocabulary" as the acronym. Carbon tipped control rods and all. Also, I laughed.
Russian reactor control room
Reactor Bolshoy something something, similar/same as the chernobyl reactor