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Contemptuous
10-30-07, 04:45 PM
From Ape to Man, to boiled egg-head.

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zoog
10-30-07, 05:43 PM
From Ape to Man, to boiled egg-head.


Comments: The "news" that radio frequency emissions from a pair of cell phones can be harnessed for cooking caused quite a stir in the blogosphere when it broke last February. Skeptics insisted it was impossible -- that the slight wattage emitted by mobile phones isn't strong or consistent enough to heat an object to cooking temperature. Some tried to replicate the experiment, without success (http://urbanlegends.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://threewisemen.ca/egg/). Others investigated the original source of the information, the Wymsey Village Web (http://urbanlegends.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.wymsey.co.uk/wymchron/cooking.htm), and questioned its authenticity. Mightn't the name "Wymsey" be a clue?

Sure enough, the site's Webmaster, one Charles Ivermee of Southampton, U.K., stepped forward to acknowledge authorship of the article and confirm that its content was purely satirical, not factual. "It was 6 years ago," Ivermee told Gelf Magazine (http://urbanlegends.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.gelfmagazine.com/mt/archives/how%5Fto%5Fcook%5Fan%5Fegg%5Fand%5Fcreate%5Fa%5Fvi ral%5Fsensation.html), "but I seem to recall that there was a lot of concern about people's brains getting fried and being from a radio/electronics background I found it all rather silly. So I thought I'd add to the silliness." He expressed bewilderment at how seriously people seemed to be taking it. One British exam study site, he said, had republished the information without even attempting to verify it.
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_cook_egg_cell_phones.htm

I thought you didn't believe in conspiracy theories.;)

Contemptuous
10-30-07, 06:36 PM
Glad you set me straight on the matter Zoog. I'll look forward to your keeping me informed regarding consumer electronics, as I really don't know much about it at all.