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Date: 03/09/13 04:00 PM

40 Responses to Never Use Your Cell Phone At The Gas Station

  1. Profile photo of TheGuySmiley
    TheGuySmiley Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    Link: Never Use Your Cell Phone At The Gas Station - Want to risk it? Watch what happens...
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
    1625 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw6-...
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    JuggaloReign Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    That`s it. Iab.....I QUIT! No more stupid posts for this guy!
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    March 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    Hmmmmm ... so under ideal conditions (scrunched foil has lots of short edges, makes a good aerial for UHF us used by mobile phones; short gaps, to allow tiny sparks to jump; a high concentration of petrol fumes, indoors with no ventilation) the phone has to be held a couple of centimetres from the foil and then there is a small chance of a spark during a call. Noting that the inverse square law applies, so ten times the distance would only give 1% of the power you have to realise that this does not mean that a mobile phone is actually hazardous in a petrol station, unless you are very careful to try and create a hazard!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    Mythbusters Disagrees

    Thanks @darkmagic14n!

    This is either an outright fake, OR the radio waves from the phone heat the foil which causes the gasoline vapors to ignite.

    The SOURCE of the "cellphone myth" was a firefighter`s casual comment in British Columbia, Canada. When asked why a gas station had burned, he said in part of his answer "a spark from a cellphone" might have caused it (amoung other things). Nevermind that this has never happened! People still believe it!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    JuggaloReign, "That`s it. Iab.....I QUIT! No more stupid posts for this guy!"
    Good by.
    It`s not as if you ever submitted better content.
    so sorry you`ve "quit" but not really much of a loss for us.
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    WeePee Male 18-29
    612 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm
    this is about as real as those cell phones that popped popcorn...

    sometimes i think this site is dedicated to making people dumber
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    They won`t pop corn?

    Is there nothing in life you can count on?
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    Lol anyone that believed this, message me I`m selling bridges in New York.
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    asianchamp Male 18-29
    414 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm
    who has a flip phone still? Haha.
  11. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    I`m calling shenanigans on this.
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
    314 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm
    I`m starting to agree with CrarkJak.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
    2516 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    Yeah, and if you make enough phone calls beside a pig, it will fly.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm
    They don`t need to ban cell phones at gas stations; they need to ban ungrounded, loosely crumpled, gasoline-soaked aluminum foil at gas stations.
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    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm
    DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!DEATH TO THE CELL PHONES!!!!

    Wait is that cell phones or presidency TheguySmiley? maybe you should remind me.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10742 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm
    @Smutleybutt

    LOL, good one!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Let me get this straight,
    cell phones won`t start fires, don`t pop popcorn and don`t cause brain tumors.

    What good are they?!

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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    This may take a lot of calls, and a match, and more petrol, and then it still might not work.

    I`m scared now because I stand around at the station with a roll of foil covered in gas and make 10 or 20 phone calls at a time. I might be able to roast marshmallows.
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    incubus_inc Male 18-29
    977 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    Just watch mythbusters... prob solved.
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    puppies04 Male 18-29
    686 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm
    This is why I only fill up at petrol stations that don`t have frying pans with petrol soaked tin foil in them.
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    razbitom Male 40-49
    913 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm
    the idiot legend about using cell phones whilst refuelling is really annoying.
    using a modern cell phone will have no effect whatsoever... the rule stems from the days of carphones and CB radios... anything grounded to the car body. if you used those whilst refuelling there *was* a chance that it could arc to the pump handle (the nozzle is non-reactive) and ignite the ambient fumes.

    so... YES is was once true, NO it is not, any longer, an issue.

    unless it`s actually hooked up to your car.
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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
    560 posts
    March 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    REPOST!
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 2:00 am
    razbitom. Please fit a flag with your name on it to your car aerial when you visit the petrol station. That way, the sensible people of society will have the chance to finish filling and leave before you get there.
    (Yes, I do know what I am talking about, I am a radio engineer by profession).
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    charlatan75 Male 18-29
    44 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 3:02 am
    "This is why I only fill up at petrol stations that don`t have frying pans with petrol soaked tin foil in them." Classic comment...!

    Totally disproved about ten years ago, moron who re-posted this. Get a job!
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    Huey Male 30-39
    204 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 3:33 am
    This is bollocks! It`s all about static electricity which can and will be extremely varied by the humidity on any particular given day. AND whether or not that particular pump has or does not have a vapor recovery system. None the less, the odds of a cellular phone being the cause of a fire when you`re filling up is pretty much nil.
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    jfactor Male 18-29
    149 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 4:10 am
    Keep foil balls, frying pans and card strips out of your gas tank and you should be perfectly fine.
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    Smoothjc1 Male 50-59
    260 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 5:31 am
    Myth-busted Sorry
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    ssalty Male 60-69
    228 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 9:13 am
    Here you go: http://tinyurl.com/73ew
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 9:20 am
    The foil ball spontaneously combusted out of sheer boredom.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36829 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I know you guys say the myth has been busted,
    but just to be safe always use your cell phone
    next to the other guys car.

    Gerry`s Safe Driving Tip #17

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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    mcssls Female 70 & Over
    695 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    bullpoo
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    im such mythbusters said it was friction from when u get in and out that causes fires
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    Kaleotera Female 18-29
    472 posts
    March 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    I work at a gas station, lots of people use their phones at the pump and the place hasn`t blown up yet.

    I almost had a heart attack when this young guy came in, paid for gas then stepped outside and lit up a cigarette before going to his pump. I stopped his pump and got on the intercom and said "Will the idiot on pump 3 kindly come to the front of the store and put his cigarette out before he blows up half the city."

    Scared the daylights out of me.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    March 11, 2013 at 2:11 am
    CrakrJak

    what he says
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
    1566 posts
    March 11, 2013 at 4:30 am
    already busted by the mythbusters
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    March 11, 2013 at 6:56 am
    Calling it petrol is about as dumb as this vid or calling a windshield a windscreen.....
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    Horus175 Male 18-29
    23 posts
    March 11, 2013 at 6:58 am
    It`s not the phone that caused that, it`s the foil. By holding the phone up close, the foil is attenuating some of the signal the phone is sending/receiving. These signals generate a small amount of voltage in the ball and if you have two contact points the right distance apart and are different voltages you get a spark.
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
    2868 posts
    March 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    For all those criticizing this video, I`ll usually drop a ball of tinfoil in a puddle of gasoline and then lie down next to it and make a call while my gas is pumping. I thought everyone did. I, for one, am glad I got to see it before blowing myself up!

    Just kidding, we aren`t allowed to pump our own gas in Oregon.
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    shaustin Male 18-29
    143 posts
    March 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    nice phone, what was this video made in 1922?

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