Laptops can toast your leg skin

5 October 2010

powered toast manDo you spend a lot of time with a laptop on your knee? Do you half-recall an article you may or may not have read and worry that your genitals are withering and dying because of radiation that doesn't emit from your computer?


Well, here's something to worry about. Laptops can TOAST YOUR SKIN!

Okay, we're not talking about you burning yourself to death here, but rather, your laptop can slowly cook your skin and leave you with a condition similar to that once found in glass-blowers and bakers. It's true. There's a name for it and everything. It's called "toasted skin syndrome." Sorry that it doesn't have a more exciting name.

Now, you won't die because of it, but it can lead to skin discolouration which, in some cases, scars you for life. There you go. That's mildly frightening in a Daily Mail way. This will only affect people who have laptops on their laps for several hours a day over several months (aka 99% of freelance writers) so it isn't going to cause too much grief to someone who uses one on the train or in a meeting or whatever.

“Computer-induced lesions are typically found on only one leg because the optical drives of laptops are located on the left side,” researchers said. “The computer placed on a lap may completely or partially occlude the ventilation-fan exhaust.”


TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets


  • Alexis
    Which is why they were renamed notebooks some years ago. Laptops don't exist anymore.
  • shocked
    wtf?!?! is dis real?
  • PokeHerPete
    Right here Ive got toasted table syndrome
  • Spark
    Can I launch a no win no fee claim against HP for this?
  • part-timer
    wtf?!?! dis won't heal?
  • Spark
    wft?!?!where's my meal?
  • DoubleBack
    Clearly PC users - Macs have the optical drive on the right.
  • glee f.
    Hey that pix is from ren & stempy (not so sure on the second name)
  • macbod
    @ Doubleback I think most laptops have the optical drive on the right. At least I can't think of any of the 50 or so we sell in store that have them on the left.
  • crap
    stiiiiiiiiiimpy u iiiiidiot!
  • Brian's U.
    gee whizz so that burning heat from your laptop (including apple mac's) wasn't a tell tale sign that it was burning you? Macs are probably as bad in regards to heat.
  • glee f.
    @ crap like duh, wondering what shit bag will read it lol. People do (suprised^^)
  • aadasdada
    Stop rehashing BBC consumer articles and write your own stuff.
  • Andy D.
    @aadasdada Stop rehashing comments that THOUSANDS of other avid Bitterwallet readers have left in the past and fuck off while you're about it.
  • glee f.
    @ Andy Dawson lol ^o^
  • StauntonLick
    Just out of interest, do you get all your news articles from reading the Metro on the way to work?
  • Andy D.
    @StauntonLick - Not exactly on the way to work son - we call in on your mum after you've gone to school and she reads the Metro out loud to us while we take turns smashing her back doors in.
  • StauntonLick
    Haha gotta love the Bitterwallet critical response. Keep up the good work, folks.
  • William
    So it's got nothing to do with syphillis and that long word bginning with 'gon' that I can't spell then? Phew! That's a relief.
  • Dale
    "The computer placed on a lap may completely or partially occlude the ventilation-fan exhaust." Back in June, I measured the temperature of the Dell e4200 laptop exhaust port. 108 Fahrenheit. Enough, to give you a nice burn, if left over several hours. (

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