I have an ongoing project to make posts for mental_floss articles I wrote way back when that I do not have an archive for. Here's another one.
was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown of
Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Sadako's home was about a mile from the
epicenter, and her family survived. When she was an eleven-year-old
school athlete, she began to experience weakness, lumps on her neck, and
spots on her legs. Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, with a life
expectancy of a year. She survived until 1955, but this article I wrote for mental_floss is about what happened after her death.