Can You Survive a Nuclear Bomb in a Fridge? And Other Myths

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Indiana Jones in a refrigerator

Photo credit: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Pop culture has been the source of many a tail and the fosterer of many a myth. There was a time when whatever Hollywood thought up, its audiences imaginations would take over. It used to be easier, let’s say a couple of decades ago, to make people believe you could outrun an explosion or duck a bullet in the nick of time.

Today, we have become more critical of folklore and myths. Maybe it was Myth Busters that made the newer generation begin to ask tougher questions of movie makers and storytellers. It is more difficult to spark people’s imaginations.

In this article, we are going to look some popular myths about household appliances and technology. Yes, that’s right, the Frigidaire type of myths.

On that note, let’s start with…

Can a Fridge Save You From a Nuke?

Thanks to George Lucas and his Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I had always thought that my mother’s deep freeze would definitely be the place I’m jumping into once North Korea decided to lob a nuke our direction.

And though Lucas defended his hiding-from-a-nuke-in-a-fridge scene by saying “The odds of surviving that refrigerator — from a lot of scientists — are about 50-50,” real scientists disagree…a lot.

As this article clearly points out, so many bad things would happen to you while in that fridge (whether lead coated or not) that just sitting out on your porch and facing it head on would be more humane.

Here are a few ways you would die inside your fridge during a nuclear attack.

  • The fridge along with you inside would be crushed by the shock wave, pretty much like a vehicle in a car crusher. The required density of that fridge’s wall would have to be somewhere in the ballpark of one foot to ensure it wouldn’t be crushed by the extreme pressures caused by the “storm.”
  • The acceleration of the fridge would be so great that you would most likely die instantaneously.
  • Your head would be ripped from its body by a whiplash from hell.
  • If you were close enough for the blast to make you go airborne, you would die upon hitting the ground. Not to mention, if you did survive, the lid would come open and the radiation would kill you.
  • If you actually invested in making your fridge lead coated, the lead would literally melt and you would die a painful death via molten lead burns. Nice.
  • If the molten lead somehow didn’t kill you, then the scorching 932°F air would give you third-degree burns in less than a second. And while your skin is peeling off from extreme heat, your throat and lungs would roast.
  • IF you survive all of that, you’ll have to live in the fridge for the next few decades or more waiting for the fallout to go away. Hope your fridge has enough food.

Charging Your iPhone in a Microwave

Internet hoaxers on 4Chan were the ones who started this myth, but for those who believe such a tall tale, I am surprised they made it this long. And despite common sense loudly screaming that no one in their sane mind should stick their iPhone in a microwave, there were loads of people who tried.

The hoax came in the form of an ad, claiming that the new IOS8 update allowed iPhone users to “quick charge” their phones by placing it in a microwave for 1.5 minutes. Apple Tweeted a warning to all iPhone users that it was a false ad, but for many unfortunate people, it was already too late.

A microwave will pretty much fry anything that is made of metal. Placing any electronics in the microwave (including cell phones, pagers iPods, etc) also puts you at great risk of fire or explosion.

Using a Proxy Totally Hides Your Identity

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A lot of people like to add proxy plugins to their browser, or they use more complicated proxies like Tor in order to hide their IP address. They believe this can totally protect them from hackers or law enforcement tracking. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about proxies. Even certain websites are designed to block access to those using proxies, such as certain financial sites. This means people can at least, at the very minimum, detect who is using a proxy.

VPNs are good for getting you past blocked websites (mostly explicit websites or to watch NetFlix in China), but they do not protect you from professionals who know how to infect your computer with malware or trojans. This is because proxies are only as safe as the activities you do on the web. If a hacker or law enforcement place a virus on a website (pirate download site as an example), they can use that virus to track you when your laptop or computer isn’t hiding behind a VPN.

Proxies such as Tor even warn their users that Tor is not totally safe. For the average user, using a proxy with its basic settings is good enough to unblock websites, but not good enough for anything more serious than that. And, remember, your safety depends on your own personal habits, especially when it comes to downloading.

Battery Myths

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There are many myths out there about batteries, rechargeable and not. From laptop batteries to rechargeable AA and AAA batteries, everyone has some do and don’t advice. So, what are some myths and facts related to batteries?

  • Batteries can overcharge and explode. In the past when rechargeable battery technology was still new, this may have had some truth to it. But in modern day, most charging devices are controlled by computer chips that regulate charging. Once the battery is fully charged, the charging device stops charging.
  • Drain your battery completely before recharging. Actually, batteries don’t truly go “dead” — at least, not quickly. It takes time of sitting around before a battery loses all electric charge. When you think that your device’s battery is totally dead it actually has about 5-10 percent charge left. Enough charge to let you know to charge it. Most devices (laptops, smartphones, etc) need to safely shut down before the battery loses all charge and damages the device. Furthermore, letting your battery go dead every day will eventually cause your battery not to work as well. It is better to keep it charged.
  • Storing batteries in the fridge extends their longevity. This does not work and is actually pretty dangerous. Batteries don’t like extreme temperatures of any kind—hot or cold. And since batteries are essentially packaged chemicals that store energy, subjecting them to extreme conditions can prove hazardous to you and your device.

Did you enjoy these myths? For more facts about appliances and technology, talk to the associates at your local St. Louis appliance store.

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