Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Let Me Put You On Hold, While I Throw You

Can you think of any aspect of our lives where cell phones have not penetrated? They are little miracles of science that put us in touch with anyone virtually anywhere at any time. I guess Star Trek’s “communicator” device wasn’t too far fetched after all. Well, the continued influence of cell phones in our lives has now become sport. Finland just hosted the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship. I don’t think it will rival the World Series yet, but it was important enough to be written about by news agencies on the Wondernet. And when that happens, I get to blog about it. Maybe we have finally found an acceptable alternative to dead eel tossing.

The competition brought in folks from around the world to showcase their phone-throwing prowess. A Finn won the event, which always makes me wonder about fairness when someone wins a sporting event on their home turf. The story about the event said that the competitors favor certain brands and weights for throwing. Remember those old original cell phones that were so big they practically had a shoulder strap? They reminded me of the field phones used in Vietnam. I wonder what really would be better to throw, a light little flip phone or the old industrial strength pseudo-military model. I know which one would do the most damage if it landed in the wrong place.

It’s funny to think that we can spend a few hundred bucks on a brand new cell phone and then turn it into a baseball just a year or so later. After “retiring” them, they can be used as paperweights, doorstops and even toys for toddlers.

The best part about the competition is not the few moments of exercise it provides. It’s a great way to recycle all of the old cell phones. Most of us replace our phones every 2 years, if not sooner, so there are a lot of old phones and batteries just sitting around. Maybe everything we recycle should be done in such a fun and competitive manner. Recycling old motor oil would be a lot more fun if it was thrown for distance. Since most utility companies sponsor recycling programs for old appliances, it could now be done by catapult. Ditto for non-operating vehicles we want to donate to charity and old car batteries.

This nation could become so much more environmentally friendly if our recycling programs are turned into competitions. After all, the rule in this country is if you make it a competition and put up a prize, you get people interested. Let’s just make sure we don’t extend the recycle tossing to include used cloth diapers or old dentures.

9 comments:

David Amulet said...

I found this just as ridiculous as you did and felt the urge to post about it, too.

Your post made me think ... maybe they should have a contest for hurling the first generation of cell phones instead. Remember those huge things?? Those wouldn't fly more than about 20 feet!

-- david

jbwritergirl said...

I once entered a bra throwing contest and came in second. I was the proud recipient of The Bobby Prize!

ShadowFalcon said...

I hate mobile phones, they are the bane of my life. Thank you technology now all those people I avoid by leaving the house can find me, now work can call me about any random crap and even the police can track me if they so wished.

Throw the mobile, hurl it as far as you can...

Oh about clean fuel and environment etc, did you know Iceland have bus that run on hydrogen and the only by product is water...

mist1 said...

I hold the Ladies National Champion title for throwing cell phones from cars. Also, I have a medal in throwing cell phones into lakes.

(You may remember me from the throw your home phone into the fireplace.)

Michael C said...

Mist,
I think I do remember reading about that ;-)

Odat said...

Set a contest up where the dwarfs do the tossing of the small phones......and the fat asmatic army could take a stab at the bigger ones..(for exercise)....

Peace

ps...word verification:
khmnezo (god bless me! lol)

thethinker said...

I still think the eel tossing tops cell phone throwing!

Michael C said...

Odat: Great idea. I think the Army would be glad to have you

Thinker: You're right about the eel tossing. Maybe if the cellphone were giving off electrical arcs, tossing them would be more fun.

the anti-callwaitingist said...

Michael,
Actually your title is the key thing. When people give me that call waiting bit, i'm done, gone, dial tone. Thanks as always for el supremo bloggerino.
"Saalal," it says for word verification. Wouldn't that bring peace in the Middle East?