Tin foil is only good for lining pans and wrapping leftovers, according to some enterprising (and humorous) students at MIT:

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government’s invasive abilities. We theorize that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

…We evaluated the performance of three different helmet designs, commonly referred to as the Classical, the Fez, and the Centurion. These designs are portrayed in Figure 1. The helmets were made of Reynolds aluminium foil. As per best practices, all three designs were constructed with the double layering technique described elsewhere [2].

Surf over for the hilariously apropos test methods and conclusion.

Question of the day: Who stands to lose the most (foil) because of these findings?

I have two batsh*t artists that I’ll throw out there to start…

Pat Robertson and Louis Farrakhan.

Hat tip, Americablog.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding