Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Freaky Cell Phone Popcorn

A little break from evaluation here. I thought I would post the youtube clip to which we referred in class tonight. Click the link below to watch one of the fun tricks your cell phone can perform.

35 comments:

Destin C said...

Wow!This is scary. I had heard that there had been studies that had shown that cell phones caused brain cancer that I had dismissed. Makes me want to decrease the usage to a bare minimum. I think I will have to try this method of popping popcorn for myself to see that this film was not altered. This is one time I would hope it was a hoax! Thanks for sending us the clip.

S.Ray said...

I would like to see actual research that has been done that links brain tumors with cell phone usage. Does the research exist or is this an urban legend? My parents would not use microwaves when they first came out because of the "cancer" rumors connected to the appliance.

Destin C said...

In response to Suzanne, I questioned the research also. I googled cell phone and cancer/brain tumors. There is information there that denies the claims and information verifying the connection. A video of a neurologist is available. Microwaves were listed as dangerous too. It's Interesting.

Tiffiney Brittingham said...

I watched the video and it looked real and seem like it could be true. However, I watched the other videos linked to this video. So, I need more information on this idea. I am not fully convinced.

Tiffiney Brittingham

Tiffiney Brittingham said...

I agree with Destin C. I have heard that cell phones could cause brain cancer. I wish it was more studies on this to provide a definite answer. I hate bluetooths so I am a real cellphone holder. So any methods about cancer needs to be research...I need a certain and factual answer not hear say. I guess I'll start using my bluetooth more often now.

Tiffiney Brittingham

Anonymous said...

Response to S. Ray...

That sounds like some good stuff that maybe a COPES question could answer, or maybe a literature review. I am sure there are some studies out there about cell phones and brain tumors.

V. Holloway Tusc.

Anonymous said...

That was so scary. It made me really think about how much I use my cell phone. I have heard some research debated about the dangers of side effects on our brains but that video kinda freaked me out. I consciously reduced my cell phone time today. Donna A.

Anonymous said...

In response to Suzanne I too would like to see more research about the effects. But if you think about it, it probably isn't good that is why now they recommend ear pieces and bluetooth headsets, etc. Donna A.

LaTasha T. said...

First off, Josh, I would like to say thank you for posting this clip! It is amazing that a simple device could produce all that heat! I guess this is why cell phones were originally created for emergency purposes only!

ojwashington said...

The first time I viewed this video on youtube I couldn't believe my what I was seeing. Now everytime I use a cellphone I wonder what effects it's having on my body. I would love to see further research concerning if there is any relation between brain cancer and cell phone usage.

ojwashington said...

Destin, I definitely agree with you, I would love to try this method of popping popcorn to see if it actually works!!!! Maybe we can try this experiment during one of our classes!!!

jefN gadsden said...

The table is a hot plate.

jefN gadsden said...

In response to everyone's post: where are your critical thinking skills? I don't mean to offend anyone, but stop and think about it.

SWilliams said...

What an interesting way of popping popcorn. First I wonder who had the bright idea to try this to begin with and second, what kind of health hazards does this have. I’ve heard for years the debate on the health hazards of cell phones. One minute you hear that they can cause health risks and then the next minute you hear that they can’t, so which is it? After seeing this video, I have to say that I have a few more questions. Hopefully, more research will be completed and we will get a definite answer, until then I’m sure that there will be more videos popping up on the internet, fueling the debate.

Amy H. said...

In response to Otis: I also think it would be benefical for more research to be done on cellphone usage and its effects on the body. This video was very interesting to watch.

Stacey L said...

I agree that we should try this in class, as many cell phones that we have, we could get some serious popping going on. I think it would be a great research project. I have also heard about the link between cell phones and brain cancer. As well as microwaves and how they can cause cancer. I am sure if you have been around awhile, you remember that a person with a pace maker could not go around a microwave. Also use of cell phones in a hospital can mess up some of the equipment. I have also heard that you can possibly get MS from drinking diet coke. We are continually faced with so much information; it is up to each individual to decide if the rumor is fact or fiction. This is why we are learning about Evidence Based Practice. Stacey L

Stacey L said...

In response to Latasha, I can personally say that I can remember when we did not have cell phones, as well as I remember the first cell phone that my dad owned – it was big, came in a bag, and had to have the antenna on the car. Now it seems that we can not live without them. Now we all depend on the cell phones way too much. In fact, I have even left home without it and went back to get the phone. You talk about lost, go without a cell phone for a whole day and see if you feel like you are missing something. It is not an easy task to do. But we are not in Mayberry times either. I am on the road a lot and I depend on the phone to keep me in contact with my family, work, my child’s school, friends, and yes also to use in case of an emergency. So I guess I will have to take my chance with possible brain cancer from a cell phone, because I truly do not know if I could function without one. Stacey L

Anonymous said...

The “Freaky Cell Phone Popcorn” was a marketing scheme launched by a provider of Bluetooth Headset Solutions. Take the time and check out CNN’s report at http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2008/07/09/carroll.cellphone.popcorn.cnn. They reported the videos were digitally edited. During filming, already-popped corn was being dropped into the scene and the uncooked kernels on the table were digitally removed during an editing process. I remember the first time I viewed the videos, a few months ago, and several thoughts ran through my mind. This of course consisted of cancer and the dangers of cell phones. Although these videos are not true, I am not fully satisfied that harm is not slowing being caused. joann

Kim B. said...

Wow!!!!!! I can't believe a cell phone can cause popcorn to pop. I cant wait to try this experiment for myself. It also makes me wonder what damage are cell phones causing people. I know as for myself I am a very frequent user and pray that I never have any side effects due to cell phone usage.

Anonymous said...

I have limited my cell phone usage and use my speakerphone whenever possible.

LDW

Anonymous said...

I agree with Destin the video is unsettling; warnings have not been labled on cell phones, but does this mean that there aren't any risk?

LDW

david l. said...

Thanks Josh for posting the cell phone clips. It truly made me think about my cell phone usage. I found myself on my cell phone more times than not, for work and personal purposes. It would be interesting to know if long term cell phone usage has a negative effect to one’s personal health. Thanks for the insight. David L.

david l. said...

Latasha made a valid point about cell phone usage. If a person stops and thinks about the purposes for cell phones versus the actual way everyday people use their cell phone, it gives a different perspective about cell phone usage. Honestly, cell phones have become a form of entertainment instead as a device to use in times of emergencies. David L.

LaTasha T. said...

In response to the "anonymous" poster. . I believe that it was a marketing scheme because it was kind of weird how the popcorn appeared to be thrown into the middle of the table. . That was just weird . . As everyone else stated, I think it would be a good idea to look at the research that is being done. .

Linda B said...

I've heard that this is a fake video, and that this experiment never happened. Was I taken in by this video? I didn't put much thought into it, but assumed that if it was on You-Tube, it must be real (I never watch You-Tube). But what made more of a inpact on me was a news-report that stated cell-phones cause more cancer that cigarettes. This was repeated to me as an official report from the American Cancer Society, and I took this as fact based on research. Before I completed this blog, I decided to google this information, and the report I found was that a scientist speculated that cell phones cause cancer more that cigarettes, but the scientific data is not currently available to support this statement. It is scary to see how information can be released on the national news, without presenting the research behind the story.

Linda B said...

In response to S. Ray's comment, I agree that there needs to be more scientific research regarding the potential harm caused by cell phones. But even more relevant is the current research that indicates the danger of using cell-phones while driving, and the increased risk of accidents. Sometimes while sitting at an intersection, I notice that there is a significant number of people using their cell-phones while driving through a red-light.
This is a scary thought!

Gina Smith said...

Call me gullible, but I did not think about this being a "doctored" video. I know that not everything you see on the television or internet is true, but I have heard a lot of speculation about the effects of extended cell phone use on our brains, so I thought, "Why not?" After watching the video I called my husband and son in to see it too. They didn't question it either. I need to let them know that I have since been enlightened and that there is really no evidence that cell phones can pop popcorn.

Gina/Gadsden

Anonymous said...

It is amazing after viewing this video how I feel like my left ear is aching, which is the ear I normally use to make calls from my cell phone. I agree with Linda B. that at the present time the biggest danger is those who use the cell phone while driving, even driving while texting. C. Paulk

Anonymous said...

I agree with Donna. Better safe than sorry. I now use my bluetooth more often. C. Paulk

chadknight said...

This goes to show how important it is to think critically and evaluate the information presented to you as fact. As for youtube, I'm pretty skeptical about anything I see on that site. But even when you're reading a "research article" it is important to find out who conducted the research and for what purpose.

chadknight said...

In response to S. Ray: That's funny about the microwaves. We were told the same thing about microwaves as we're now being told about cell phones. Someone's always trying to scare us about something.

T M Morgan said...

I am with Joanne and Jeff on this one...a healthy dose of scepticism never hurt anyone, espcially when it comes to working with clients who have a penchance for drug use and brushes with the law...when in doubt you can always check out snopes.com

bekkah_s said...

I have seen this video before and it looked like it was totally realistic. However, I have not tested this theory myself and am still a little skeptical! :)

bekkah_s said...

In response to Jeffn

Hahahaha! I didn't even realize the trick to it! This makes total sense now. I got so wrapped up the people's reactions to the popping corn. I guess I you don't need movie magic special effects to make things look like the real deal.

Debbie Walker said...

Destin, we did try this at work during lunch one day. I think it is a hoax! But I do wonder about changes in brain cells while using cell phones.