Virginia is for Lovers... And Haters of WiFi - The UpStream

Virginia is for Lovers... And Haters of WiFi

posted Saturday Sep 17, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Virginia is for Lovers... And Haters of WiFi

I am sure everyone has encountered a person throughout their lives who claims to have been made ill by WiFi and cellular phones. Probably very few of those people have legitimate claims, considering there are other radio waves broadcasting almost everywhere all the time. Well, it turns out that there is a haven for these people who do not quite understand how technology works, and it is in Virginia.

In Virginia, there is the National Radio Quiet Zone, which is a 13,000 square mile area that surrounds the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. As it turns out, because of regulations placed on the area to protect the observatory's telescope and its work, the area is almost entirely free of radio waves and other electromagnetic interference. Because of this, it has become a haven for crazy people.

What do the residents think of the area? Hit the break to find out.

Diane Schou, a WiFi refugee, told the BBC,

Living here allows me to be more of a normal person. I can be outdoors. I don't have to stay hidden in a Faraday Cage.

Diane used to live in Iowa and claims to have suffered from headaches and chest pains as well as other problems. She did find relief, though, through the use of a Faraday Cage. She believed that a Faraday Cage meant climbing into a wooden box covered with chicken wire. The good news is that every house, every car, every office is actually a Faraday Cage, but don't tell Diane.

In all seriousness, though, it's nice that people who believe they suffer from a problem like this have a place to go to be "safe." Plus, it's nice to know it's in Virginia and not Florida, as the crazy people do tend to flock here.


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