Why Do Police Have to Remind People Not to Burn Their Houses Down by Sleeping on Charging Cell Phones?

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People are plugging their cell phones in to charge and placing them under their pillows while they sleep at night, overheating the phones and causing them to burst into flames.

Never mind that they don’t even realize they are probably slow killing themselves with cancer-causing non-ionizing radiation all night long every night while they sleep. Brain tumors and adrenal burnout aside, people are literally catching their beds (and potentially their heads) on fire doing this, too.

This is a thing that apparently happens often enough that the NYPD is officially warning people about it.

The sad part is that some people have to be warned by police to not do things that might cause them to die because common sense is largely dead.

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  • Feralirishman

    Obituary

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common
    Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure
    how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic
    red tape.
    He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable
    lessons as:

    – Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
    – Why the early bird gets the worm;
    – Life isn’t always fair; and
    – Maybe it was my fault..

    Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies
    (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not
    children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly
    when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports
    of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;
    teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher
    fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

    Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers
    for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining
    their unruly children.

    It declined even further when schools were required to
    get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student;
    but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted
    to have an abortion.

    Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches
    became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

    Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend
    yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you
    for assault.

    Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after
    a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled
    a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

    Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents,
    Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility,
    and by his son, Reason.

    He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:
    I Know My Rights
    I Want It Now
    Someone Else Is To Blame
    I’m A Victim
    Not many attended his funeral because
    so few realized he was gone..
    If you still remember him, pass this on.
    If not, join the majority and do nothing.

    • Feralirishman

      Ooops forgot the link to that

      http://www.rense.com/general92/deathof.htm

      • Justin Thought

        They say the greatest form of flattery is plagiarism. Hope you are feeling flattered. And I hope the original author is feeling it as well.

        Thanks for sharing this.

    • ccambridge

      Enjoyed reading that and so very true.

  • jim_robert

    Let all your Obama supporting friend know about this! All let them know not to open their mouth and look up while it is raining, or they might drown

  • Tatiana Covington

    Hey, let them burn… that’ll kill the retards. Feel the Burn!

  • Reverend Draco

    Common Sense is so rare. . . it should be reclassified as a Super Power.

  • bosunj

    Why are the fucking cops in the middle of this? Its not a crime.

    It should be the real heroes – the Firemen – making this warning if it all.

    • Reverend Draco

      A person who is just doing their job isn’t a hero.

      That being said, firefighters are the closest thing to heroes as exist in the modern world. And they should be issuing the warning instead of police.

      • The engineers who designed the phones should have given them a negative thermal coefficient.

        • Reverend Draco

          There would still have to be some sort of heat sink to the outside.

          • Heat sinks don’t have to be exposed to the air to distribute heat throughout their mass, as the frame in a cellphone does. If they design the phone to properly shut down the charging current in an overheating situation, they will never catch on fire.

          • Reverend Draco

            That makes sense, shutting down the charging circuit in case of overheating. . .

            Probably why it hasn’t been done yet.

          • It has been done in the new nuclear reactors, being designed so that their reactivity falls as their temperature rises above a certain temperature, providing a gentle shutdown.

  • Smarty

    Natural selection. Darwin smiles. He is correct this time. It saves them from walking off a cliff while staring at their phone. I’m fine with keeping this quiet.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    The real question is-why does ANYONE have to tell people to not sleep on their phones/chargers??

    • Elizabeth Greene

      >> why does ANYONE have to tell people to not sleep on their phones/chargers?

      Because people don’t know that li-ion and li-po batteries can and will catch on fire when they are overheated.

      I’ve used my laptop while sitting on a bed before while it was plugged in. Nothing in my experience has given me the expectation that my house might burn down if I absentmindedly flip a blanket over it when running to answer the doorbell. Why is a phone different? Apparently a phone is different, because a blanket or pillow over it could be terminal.

      • Poor engineering creates poor outcomes.

        • Elizabeth Greene

          Agreed. The SOC in a cell phone has a thermal sensor on it, how hard is it to cut the charging current when the phone hits 100F?

          • Since a cellphone of any kind is nothing more than dedicated computerized audio/visual terminal, it wouldn’t take anything more than writing a bit of code. Since lithium batteries like running a bit warm anyway, use the sensor and some code to give them a thermostat.

  • SonsofAnarchy5768

    You should be asking why “common sense” is largely dead? Common core, tv “Programming” vaccines, gmo, poison water, poison air~ ect.

    • In what way are any of your list part of common sense?

      • Grim Fandango

        They are all designed to eliminate IQ, and ‘common sense’

        The fact that you don’t already know this is testimony to their amazing effectiveness.

        • Your lack of corroboration is supported by your use of ad hominem. I would have agreed with you if you hadn’t turned from proof to attack.

          • Grim Fandango

            Ooops, sorry you were offended, I didn’t know you considered facts as attacks. NP though, I fixed it for ya

          • Your facts are mostly uncorroborated opinions, and as such, of no value except as ad hominem.

          • Grim Fandango

            You say “Your facts are mostly uncorroborated opinions“. That means some of my facts are corroborated.

            I only made two statements regarding Common core, tv “Programming” vaccines, gmo, poison water, poison air~ ect .,

            1) they are designed to eliminate IQ, and 2) they are designed to eliminate common sense. Therefore you agree that one of these two opinions are in fact – an actual corroborable fact!

            Please tell us which of the two that you agree with me on.

          • No, it means that some of your opinions are corroborated, but as is well known to scientists, corroboration and correlation are not proof of causality. It appears that propaganda has succeeded in impairing your critical thinking skills, but you can still think your way out, if you will. IQ has nothing to do with common sense, which is possessed by very unintelligent people and “dumb” animals. IQ is the ability to use ones intellect to add A to B and get C, or causality.

          • Grim Fandango

            You corroborated one of my opinions, therefore you agreed with that opinion. Pretty
            simple. I blatantly claimed causality, and you corroborated my claim.

          • You must be the most linguistically-impaired individual on the Internet.

          • Grim Fandango

            Not really. I suspect that someone suffering from IQ Deficit Disorder such as yourself is a little slow, and a mite confused.

          • If IQ Deficit Disorder is the opposite of the Deliberate Autism Spectrum Disorder that you insist on occupying, I can deal with it.

  • Microwaves are not non-ionizing.

  • Something tells me that the vast majority of people who think putting a cellphone under a pillow is a bad idea would have been an engineer that wouldn’t have occurred to, either.

  • LiberalsRLost

    God’s way of culling the gene pool of those that should not procreate…..
    The PSA will clear the conscience of the first responders and the clueless will continue unabated….