Think You're Allergic To WiFi? Welcome to West Virginia.

September 15, 2011

Normally we'd feel bad for making fun of the mentally ill, but they're not reading this, so what the heck. Basically, if somebody is convinced they have “electrosensitivity,” what they really have is a case of the hippies. Why? Because you're soaking in radio signals and radiation much more powerful than even the best router can crank out.

To be fair, there might be a very, very tiny subsection of the populace who might actually be able to detect, and experience pain from, electromagnetic fields. So, if you really need to get away from it all, welcome to scenic West Virginia.

Why, precisely, is coal country, specifically the tiny hamlet of Green Bank, so friendly to the “electrosensitive”? It's part of the US Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile stretch that is kept quiet so radio telescopes can scan the skies with minimal interference. This means these people live without annoying radio D.J.'s. Oh, how we envy them.

Anyway, as a result of federal law, it's a perfect place for these people to kick back, relax, and stop annoying the rest of us with their weak grasp of science. It's like we can actually send them away to stop annoying us, but they do it voluntarily! It's perfect!

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