Wednesday, June 15, 2005

cellphones in gas stations

this i heard from a friend. if you use your cellphone while filling gas your gas tank may explode because of the radio waves can light up the benzine.i dont know if this is true or not but i will try to find out if it true or not will let you know.

5 Comments:

Blogger kaitlin said...

Here is what About.com and Snopes.com had to say about it. I also watched an episode of Mythbusters that dealt with this very subject and they concluded after many experiments in many different conditions that the story is false. I will try to find a transcript of the episode or something.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa062399.htm

http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp

10:03 PM  
Blogger meghan koch said...

I do not drive here in DC, but in california the gas stations post warning signs against using cell phones. I always wondered why but consistently ignored the warnings. Nothing has ever happened to me, so I figure it's a measure to prevent an individual from suing the gas station for anything that might happen.
Which leads me to a question, why do we have to turn off cell phones while flying? It's not like you're going to get service anyway, but because I am ignorant regarding most things technical, does anybody know?

1:23 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

I have actually heard the no cell phones in gas stations thing but kind of just figured they want you to pay attention to pumping your gas and leaving, not talking on the phone.

I've also heard a variation on this story where you are not supposed to use cell phones near microwaves.

1:49 PM  
Blogger heather said...

In regard to the cellphone while flying thing, twice I have accidentally left my phone on during flights. I haven't actually made or received calls, but both were definitely safe flights, no issues at all.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

Yea the flying thing is somewhat bogus.. It's pretty insane to think the cell phone might bring the plane down... Actually, though they say it "could" interfere with navigation. I can believe that

9:10 PM  

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