Mobile Phones Kill Again

from the what-a-shocker dept

In a twist on the story about people on the Great Wall of China being struck by lightning that was attracted to their mobile phones, a Nigerian man has supposedly been killed when he answered his phone while it was plugged into the wall to charge. The guy answered his phone, then "after a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained and the young man was thrown to the ground with a heavy thud", resulting in a weak heartbeat and burnt fingers, and he was dead on arrival at a hospital. The source for the story in the Nigerian paper is a flimsy "message" forwared from a friend, but nonetheless consider yourself warned that while mobile phones are useful, they "can also be an instrument of death."
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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Aug 2005 @ 10:14am

    Nigerian?

    i would use lots of salt when it concerns any correspondence or news from Nigeria...

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Aug 2005 @ 10:57am

    No Subject Given

    this is just plain rediculous, trying to make it sounds as if this would only happen with a cell phone. it can happen with any phone, and as a matter of fact, anything that is plugged in!

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    Anonymous of Course, 26 Aug 2005 @ 1:03pm

    Nigerian Scam

    Stealing power by tossing hooks and wires over the distribution lines (and by other means)is fairly common in many third world countries. Sometimes they tie enough 120V light bulbs in series to run off the 7.5KV, or whatever the distribution voltage may be. There's also the danger of wire crosses connecting the various voltage circuits. We're so used to the decent quality of the electric utility in the US that this story seems preposterous, but it's not totally unbelieveable given the location.

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    sabre, 3 Sep 2005 @ 8:49am

    No Subject Given

    maybe its just the phone? exposed wires, contact with water?

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