Our Old Books = Poison???
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Old Books - A New Source of Lead Poisoning?
"What do you say about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring rain on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison scum right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation?"
On the other hand, lending out one's books to some of the more annoying neighborhood teenagers is an interesting idea. If the lead doesn't kill 'em, they'll be a lot smarter.
The "tests may show" caveats get lost in what amounts to the announcer's chirpy admonitions to eat/drink/consume more/less of the item in question.
A friend refused to set foot in my house because I had orange Fiestaware (it's radioactive!). She insisted I take it to a hazmat center where it could be disposed of properly because just looking at it was like sticking your head in a CAT scan 20 times a day.
The straight skinny is that it's OK for display, just prudent not to eat from it.
Google "radioactive fiestaware" and you'll get about 3,000 returns.