With a pinch of humor
Standards documents are terse, boring and dry. By definition. And too long for most of us to go through. But then along comes one which totally makes up for the long read. This one is from the C++0x FCD (otherwise known as n3092):
29 Atomic operations library [atomics]
29.1 General [atomics.general]
1 This Clause describes components for fine-grained atomic access. This access is provided via operations on atomic objects.341
and the corresponding footnote:
341) Atomic objects are neither active nor radioactive.
Of course, footnotes are not part of the normative text, but I sure do hope this makes it through to the real standard. Way to go C++!