No, the Radium Girls are not a new indie band, though that is a pretty good name for one. The Radium Girls were the women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, New Jersey from 1917 to 1926. The girls worked in a factory whose job it was to paint the glow in the dark faces on watches with a mixture that consisted mostly of radium, which is what supplied the glowing. These radioluminescent watches were huge for the military, so you can imagine that they wanted to churn out as many of these watches as possible. The problem was that nobody told the women that radium was a dangerous element to playing around with. It's literally radioactive! The girls painted the faces on the watches with camel hair brushes, which would fray after a few strokes, so they were encouraged to stick the brushes in their mouths and use their lips and tongues to make the brush pointed again. Mmmmmm, radium. The girls, thinking that the substance was harmless, even painted their nails, faces, and teeth with it. The scientists who concocted the stuff knew better and used safety equipment when handling the paint, but apparently didn't care enough to let the lower end of the factory know about it. This wasn't an isolated incident either; a total of 20,000 women throughout the United States and Canada were hired to paint radium on watches. So, what makes the 70 workers at the Orange, New Jersey plant special? Well, once they found out about the deadly mixture, they sued.