Never Use Your Cell Phone At The Gas Station

Submitted by: TheGuySmiley 3 years ago Science

Want to risk it? Watch what happens...
There are 40 comments:
Male 143
nice phone, what was this video made in 1922?
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Male 2,868
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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Male 23
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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Male 14,330
Calling it petrol is about as dumb as this vid or calling a windshield a windscreen.....
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Male 1,569
already busted by the mythbusters
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Male 13,624
CrakrJak

what he says
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Female 472
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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Female 2,027
im such mythbusters said it was friction from when u get in and out that causes fires
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Female 695
bullpoo
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Male 17,512
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Male 37,897

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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Male 3,061
The foil ball spontaneously combusted out of sheer boredom.
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Male 228
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Male 260
Myth-busted Sorry
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Male 149
Keep foil balls, frying pans and card strips out of your gas tank and you should be perfectly fine.
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Male 205
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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Male 44
"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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Male 5,874
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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Male 560
REPOST!
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Male 916
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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Male 686
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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Male 977
Just watch mythbusters... prob solved.
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Male 11,740
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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Male 37,897

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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Male 10,845
@Smutleybutt

LOL, good one!
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Male 1,377
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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Male 15,832
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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Male 2,516
Yeah, and if you make enough phone calls beside a pig, it will fly.
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Male 314
I`m starting to agree with CrarkJak.
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Male 17,512
I`m calling shenanigans on this.
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Male 414
who has a flip phone still? Haha.
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Male 1,745
Lol anyone that believed this, message me I`m selling bridges in New York.
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Male 37,897

They won`t pop corn?

Is there nothing in life you can count on?
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Male 612
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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Male 37,897

JuggaloReign, [quote]"That`s it. Iab.....I QUIT! No more stupid posts for this guy!" [/quote]
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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Male 36,536
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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Male 1,293
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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Male 55
That`s it. Iab.....I QUIT! No more stupid posts for this guy!
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Male 1,243
Link: Never Use Your Cell Phone At The Gas Station [Rate Link] - Want to risk it? Watch what happens...
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