For a few years there has been a recipe on the Internet that describes how to cook an egg using two mobile phones. Here it is. Basically, you place two phones on a table, place an egg between their antennae, and call one phone from the other. Assuming a power output of two watts, the egg should be cooked in three minutes. Oh, you're also supposed to play a radio in the background at "a comfortable volume."
As far as comedy goes, this piece is pretty dry. I can see people missing the joke completely. (Especially those suspicious that cell phones cause cancer or harm chakras.) Well, it has been making the rounds again, and I was surprised this week to find that a couple of my favorite bloggers who happen to write professionally about science and technology are among those who missed the joke. (I will not name names, as they have already been shamed by their readers.)
Okay, without doing any research whatsoever, here are three easy ways to use your own common sense to debunk the hoax.
1.) If mobile phone antennae can cook an egg, why don't you feel the slightest heat from them on your ear after using them for even an hour? You're better off using heat from the battery.
2.) Microwave ovens have several HUNDRED watts, and THEY take several minutes to cook an egg. How could a phone cook one in the same time with two watts?
3.) Have you heard of cell phone towers? Cell phones communicate with them. Cell phones do not communicate directly with each other. That's what walkie-talkies do. (Bonus, not as obvious: Cell phones don't send data solely in a straight line to cell towers either. Do RAZRs have homing devices that know where the towers are and aim transmission straight to them as you bumble about? No, they emit signals in all directions.)
So before you go fiddling with the radio stations on your hifi, wondering why your egg is still cold (would smooth jazz work better?), please recognize that not everything you read on the Internets is true. And if you're really worried about brain tumors, forget phone phobia and stay the hell away from any radio playing Beyoncé's new single, "Check On It". That shit is toxic.