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Laptop "Hot Sync's" Scientist's Manhood

Friday, November 22, 2002

Reuters reported today that  a 50-year-old scientist did not realize how hot his laptop was  until he burned his penis.

Reuters 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.

Claes-Gorn 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."

Ostenson 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.





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