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Onion powered iPod. A green geek's dream?

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onion_ipod.jpgI heard recently that a particularly inventive 'green' iPod user, perhaps affected as much by the state of the economical climate, found himself brainstorming money saving ideas that would enable him to hold on to a few pennies during these harsh times. This brainstorm eventually led to a way to power his iPod using nothing more than an energy drink and an onion (or so he says).

So here's how he did it. He dug two holes into the onion, poured in the energy drink, then plugged in his USB cable to boost his iPod with juice. He claims a "friend showed me the experiment as a laugh but I thought it was the greatest thing I have ever seen, and do it religiously every day".

A heading such as this warrants a double take, which is exactly what I did when I came across this dubious story. Power accumulated via an onion with a splash of energy drink? It sounds like some kind of joke. But then again, I haven't tried out said experiment and I didn't pay much attention in science class, so who am I to contest these claims? Perhaps physics lecturer Phil Stubbles revelations could dispel my cynicism. He revealed almost all vegetables mixed with energy drinks could power an iPod because of the mixture of ions, "The only problem is you have no control over how long it may work for... and it can be smelly" (you think?).

I've taken in the facts, but I'm still not convinced, so I'm off home. I've got some experimenting to do. [via Shiny Shiny]

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