Great headline

November 9th, 2010 at 8:43 am by David Farrar

Reuters reports:

Is your laptop cooking your testicles?

What a great headline. And they go on:

The researchers hooked thermometers to the of 29 young men who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men’s overheated quickly.

I use a cushion. I’m not sure if that helps much.

To hold a laptop on your knees, however, you need to sit still with your legs closed. After one hour in this position, the researchers found that men’s testicle temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C.

A lap pad kept the computer cool and also made sure less heat was transmitted to the skin. But it didn’t do much to cool the testicles, and might give “a false sense of security,” according to Sheynkin.

Guess not. However I normally have legs crossed, so hopefully that reduces the impact also.

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21 Responses to “Great headline”

  1. Ryan Sproull (7,153 comments) says:

    I’m always careful to bathe my testicles in a cool basin of milk and honey while using my laptop. Or cellphone. Or can-opener. Any time, really. Any time is good.

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Use your brains and sit at a table.

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  3. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    Good form of contraception.

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  4. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    If I’m not at a table I use my copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War II — the cover shows American battleships in line-ahead punching through a Pacific swell near the Philippines …

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  5. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    Did the survey record which websites the young men were visiting ;)

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  6. mavxp (483 comments) says:

    Surely it only matters if you actually want to get one past the goalie.

    Are the writers really worried that not enough of us who can afford a laptop in the first place are breeding or something?

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  7. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    Some years ago it was reported that some American traffic cops would leave their microwave speed guns sitting on their laps with the ‘nozzle’ pointing at you know where. Presumably laser speed guns has eliminated that potential hazard.

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  8. Pete George (23,567 comments) says:

    Men’s fertility rates are apparently dropping significantly. There are many possible reasons.

    # Stop smoking cigarettes or marijuana.
    # Decrease your drinking.
    # Watch your weight.
    # Exercise in moderation.
    # Value your vitamins.
    # Turn your back on toxins.
    # Use a proper computer
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51101

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  9. Monty (978 comments) says:

    I wonder if they used a probe to test the temperatures?

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  10. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Come on David, you don’t have a lap, and haven’t had one for years

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  11. Yvette (2,820 comments) says:

    I have not made an exhaustive study of this, David, but I would suggest crossing your legs for any length of time would trap localised heat more than a position of legs just closed.
    Je détesterais que vous pourriez jepardise une dynastie.

    [DPF: I mean crossed at the ankles, ie like one used to sit on the floor at primary school - not crossed at the thighs]

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  12. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    I am sensing a business opportunity, bollocks coolers!
    A little radiator stuck out the front of your jeans, bogans will love them!

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  13. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    ^^^ That would make a welcome change from the kind of bollocks you’re more normally trying to sell, eh shunter ;-)

    To hold a laptop on your knees, however, you need to sit still with your legs closed. After one hour in this position, the researchers found that men’s testicle temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C.

    A lap pad kept the computer cool and also made sure less heat was transmitted to the skin. But it didn’t do much to cool the testicles…

    You’d almost think it is the closed legs, not the laptop, that are responsible for the heating…?

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  14. tom hunter (4,852 comments) says:

    Life imitates art – again.

    South Park – Season 14, Episode 3: Medicinal Fried Chicken.

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  15. Pete George (23,567 comments) says:

    Apparently it is not just a modern problem.

    Silver Testicle Cooler

    Made of solid silver by Jarrolds of London 200 years ago and weighing 16lbs, this remarkable piece is engraved with the Earl’s crest bearing the alternative motto of Dywenydd o flaen anrhydedd (Pleasure before Honour) and was commissioned for his personal use.

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  16. Inventory2 (10,342 comments) says:

    @ Shunda – someone’s already beaten you to it; I have a lap-top holder with a built-in fan underneath which cools both the lap-top and the lap!

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  17. Commentor (11 comments) says:

    I am assuming that all politicians are issued with a lap top. (It would explain a lot)

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  18. Seán (397 comments) says:

    I didn’t realise you needed a cushion David: I love the AA! ;-)

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  19. Nomestradamus (3,326 comments) says:

    Sorry, but the image of DPF in ann airport lounge with his legs cropped at the thighs (yes yes yes he denies it now :)), huddled over his laptop which is precariously balanced on his lap, is simply too funny for words! What would Whaleoil and Cactus Kate have to say about that that if it were true?

    [DPF: In an airport lounge I use the very useful tables they provide for laptops.

    I only use the laptop on my lap at home, as I prefer to work from the couch in front of the telly, rather than at the table]

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  20. lofty (1,313 comments) says:

    In breaking news…. the green party is distrubed by reports of hot knackers when using that filthy imperialist tool the laptop.

    Spokesperson Keith Delahunty-Bradford AKA Toad is calling for the immediate institution of a bollocks inspectorate.

    “We are well placed to offer our services as bollocks inspectors,as we have a proven track record in this area, why, it is on that tory blog (Kiwiblog) that we are regularly accused of speaking bollocks, and we concur” said Keith.

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  21. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    Guess not. However I normally have legs crossed, so hopefully that reduces the impact also.

    [DPF: I mean crossed at the ankles, ie like one used to sit on the floor at primary school - not crossed at the thighs]

    Stop digging David.

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