"Hot Sync's" Scientist's Manhood
Friday, November 22, 2002
reported today that a 50-year-old scientist
did not realize how hot his laptop was
until he burned his penis.
said that this previously healthy father of two remembered feeling
a burning sensation after he had been writing a report at home for
about an hour with the computer on his lap.
He noticed a redness and irritation the following day but
it was not until he was examined by a doctor that he realized how
much damage had been done.
Ostenson, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, wrote in a letter
published in The Lancet medical journal on Friday,
"The ventral part of his scrotal skin had turned red,
and there was a blister with a diameter of about two centimetres
(0.8 inches)." Two days later, the blisters broke and the wounds
became infected and then crusted but after about a week the unidentified
scientist was "healing quite rapidly."
noted that the computer manual did warn against operating it directly
on exposed skin but said the patient had lap burns even though he
had been wearing trousers and underpants.
"This...story should be taken as a serious warning against use
of a laptop in a literal sense," he added.