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Motorola is no Jiffy Pop

July 24, 2008 - Paul Giannamore

This one comes courtesy of The Home Office in Aurora,Colorado, who sent me a post of a  video wherein four college kids get kernels of popcorn to pop by setting the kernels among four cell phones and calling all four at the same time.

Once we watched it in the newsroom, we spent the first few minutes of a recent post-lunch period in a "MythBusters" frenzy, lining up our cellphones and tracking down some popcorn. And we called. And called. And called.

And despite our best efforts and the belief that one of the kernels was "swelling," nothing happened. So, I figured I'd head to the Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" Web site to submit this one.

Except someone called "WV Engineer" already was on there, proclaiming the video as a hoax involving pre-popped popcorn and digital editing fakery by a company hoping we'd all buy Bluetooth headsets to save our delicate brains.

Moving around on the Web the day after the University of Pittsburgh cancer researcher said we ought to chill on our cellies until the data is in or face the possibility that we're cooking our brains, the popcorn  video was darned effective.

But we're no "MythBusters."

"Among the eight of us, we have no years of Hollywood special effects experience...." is how HeraldBusters would start.

An Internet hoax. Imagine that. Please pass the popcorn.


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