Mobile devices causing broken bones

LincLinc BardDetroit
edited September 2006 in Science & Tech
A humorist dubbed it "Nebrols" for "Network Broken Limbs Syndrome." Mobile phones are spreading across Africa faster than network coverage, which leaves many searching for a signal.
So there were parts of rural Uganda in which there were plenty of elderly men and women with mobile phones, but where the network signal was so weak that the only way to make a phone call was to climb up a tree on some nearby hill, and make your call while clinging to its branches.

When old people begin to climb tall trees there is bound to be a sudden increase in falls and broken bones.
*THUD*

Can you here me now?

Source: BBC

Comments

  • profdlpprofdlp The Holy City Of Westlake, Ohio
    edited September 2006
    I'll bet the casualty rate is lower than that of people trying to use their mobile devices while driving. ;)
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego
    edited September 2006
    Why isn't Jack Thompson all over this?
  • NecropolisNecropolis Hawarden, Wales
    edited September 2006
    And the device doesnt even need to be mobile either
    General Keebler: I think I chipped my tailbone or something so I came home to see the doctor Stupid modem.
    primesuspect: How did you chip your tailbone on a modem?

    --These are the important discussions that go on in the staff forum
    ;)
  • profdlpprofdlp The Holy City Of Westlake, Ohio
    edited September 2006
    Funny how the same themes keep coming around. Now we have remote Uganda mimicking Green Acres. :honoes:
    Necropolis wrote:
    And the device doesnt even need to be mobile either...
    ;D ;D ;D
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