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Mobile Myths - Cooking an Egg

Can a mobile phone cook an egg?

A popular internet myth is that mobile phones can cook an egg.  One of the claims is that an egg placed between 2 mobile phones in a continuous call would be cooked in 65 minutes - Can this be true?

Simply - No.  Mobile phones are very low powered (0.25W maximum), and if you assumed all of the power was deposited in the egg, there would be very little temperature increase, certainly way below the amount required to cook an egg which is 70degrees Celcius or more.

Such articles are a hoax. The website of webzine "Gelf Magazine" shows the hoax was started by Charles Ivermee of UK in 2000. When asked why he put the article on the internet, Ivermee replied that "It was 6 years ago but I seem to recall that there was a lot of concern about people’s brains getting fried and being from a radio/electronics background I found it all rather silly…So I thought I’d add to the silliness."

In October 2007 the Australian Centre for RF Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) conducted an experiment to de-bunk the myth that cell phone exposure can cook an egg. The video can be downloaded here.

Further information
MMF Viewpoint - can mobile phones cook an egg
Snopes.com - hoax debunked

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