Phones Cause Explosions At Fuel Pumps?
from the gotta-check-those-facts dept
It appears that a major news publication in Australia has been suckered. The urban legend of mobile phones causing fuel pumps to explode has been making its way around the internet for years. However, a newspaper in Australia has printed it as fact, even repeating a number of incidents of explosions directly from one of the emails making its way around the internet. Of course a little bit of simple fact checking would turn up any number of sites talking about the hoax. Or, they could have done the most obvious bit of fact checking and gone to the Shell.com website, where they clearly state that they know of no such incidents and the email supposedly from them is not true (even though they do recommend that you not use your mobile phone at the pump).