Arm follows phone into toilet, neither emerges

Yes, cell phones can survive being submerged in water, as regular readers of Buzzblog (and my wife) will attest.

However, should you ever have occasion to drop your phone into a toilet -- not just any toilet, but one of those suction-enabled black holes you might find on a train and for which the phrase "giant sucking sound" was coined -- you would be best advised to consider the device a goner.

From a BBC News story:

The 26-year-old victim was trapped when he tried to fish out his mobile phone, which had fallen into the toilet bowl, and fell foul of the suction system.

The high-speed TGV train had to stop for two hours while firemen cut through the train's pipe work. "He came out on a stretcher, with his hand still jammed in the toilet bowl, which they had to saw clean off," said Benoit Gigou, a witness to the man's plight.

In an unfathomable journalistic lapse, there was no word in the story as to the fate of the phone, but either way we're calling this attempt not worth the price.

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