posted on Jan, 20 2009 @ 01:22 AM
Couple of years ago, my wife and I took a week off and headed for the Atlantic coast for a bit of R&R. We stayed at a very nice waterfront condo with
all sorts of dining and entertainment options within easy driving distance; and, of course, we spent a good deal of time every day out on the
Second day, I decided to try the surf fishing, for which I was well equipped. I had heard that the bluefish were running, and I wanted some of that
action, so I geared up and waded out into the warm Atlantic.
About the time the water reached my midsection, I realized with no small horror that my new LG cellphone was still in my pants pocket. That would be
the pocket that was submerged under a foot of seawater.
Well, I was certain that I'd ruined the phone — electronic devices just don't mix very well with salty surf, for some reason. So I took
the damned thing back to the condo for emergency maintenance. My wife made a face when I showed her the soggy cell, but I assured her I'd "try to
fix it." Whatever that means.
Like most other electronic devices, a cellphone can, theoretically, survive submersion in water, so long as it is allowed to dry out for a good
long time. But salt water is different, it's horribly corrosive to electronic components, so I had to submerge the cellphone again in fresh
water to flush out the brine before attempting to dry it out.
As I shook the water out of the poor LG, my wife received a call on her cellphone. She laughed, "It's from you," pointing at my phone.
As soon as she hung up, her phone rang again. It was me again. This happened repeatedly, about 10 times, in just a couple of minutes. My drenched
phone was apparently shorting out and performing functions at random, calling my wife's number like a speed-dialer over and over until I
removed the battery pack.
After drying out for a couple of days, the LG was good as new, and that phone is still functioning to this day.
As this pertains to "dead ringers," I'm willing to bet that "the phenomenon" occurs because the cellphone is abruptly doused with water or blood
or piss or some other fluid at the moment of a violent death. In a way, it's a pretty nifty violent-death-alert system, but it's not supernatural.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 1/20/2009 by Doc Velocity]