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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
07/21/04: Monitor strength
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My son is learning how to write programs, and every now and
then he gets so frustrated that he punches the monitor with
his fist. Is there any danger that he will some day break it
and cause an explosion?
I think even a 400 pound Sumo wrestler could not damage
the front face of a monitor with a bare fist. They are
incredibly strong for just that reason, and so that the
monitor makers won't get sued.
By the way, a monitor will not explode. There is a vacuum
inside and if damaged, the pieces will fly to the inside.
Sure, some smaller pieces will rebound and then bounce
out, but by then they are slow enough that they are not
likely to seriously hurt anybody.
I would recommend that you buy a whoopee cushion and
attach it to the side of the monitor with double sided tape.
It won't take long to train your son to slap the side of the
monitor instead of punching it's front. Just tell him that
as a programmer he can't risk getting arthritis in his hand
from punching hard objects.
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