I never cease to be amazed by what shows up in our e-mail inbox. Today’s video clip shows an intimate gathering of friends who are just conducting a little experiment with their cell phones – trying to pop popcorn using the combined energy from their cell phones. Take a look at the video and then keep reading…

The first thing Alyssa (one of our crack science editors at Steve Spangler Science) does is to search snopes.com Within thirty seconds or so, she uncovered this article debunking the popcorn myth. Snopes.com goes into great detail (far more than anyone I know of) about the origins and connected myths. If nothing else, it’s a great resource to check out those too-good-to-be-true e-mails. In the future, just copy the subject heading from your e-mail into the “search” at snopes.com and read away.

But… you’ll have to admit, the hoax video looks pretty darn good. Care to share any cool videos from your inbox?

11 replies
  1. ANTONIO SERRANO
    ANTONIO SERRANO says:

    I AM ASTONSHED! IT´S TRUE ACTUALLY? I WOULD THINK THAT THE INFRARED OF CELL PHONE WAS TOO WEAK.
    THANKS.
    ANTONIO SERRANO. SPAIN.

    Reply
  2. Jane
    Jane says:

    It’s a hoax, Antonio. Alyssa checked it out with snopes.com, and it’s just a joke.

    It sure looks real though, doesn’t it!

    Reply

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