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4Feb/061

HOWTO propagate an urban legend

Boing Boing presented a link to this: HOWTO cook an egg with two mobile phones

The only problem?  It doesn't work.  It can't work.   Dan and his readers figured it out relatively simply: if you take the battery's capacity, express that in calories, and then take the mass of the egg and figure out how much energy it takes to raise the egg 40 degrees Centigrade, then you realize that even with 100% conversion, it just ain't gonna happen.

Shame on you Boing Boing.

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  1. It takes about a minute and a half to nuke a scrambled egg (including cold milk). That’s 1300 watts directed very efficiently at the food. At 150 milliwatts that a phone uses, it would take years.

    But one thing that people might want to think about is their microwave oven. That does have enough power to hurt you.

    If you think about that, you really might not want to peer intently in the door while nuking a burrito.


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