If smartphones could talk, they'd probably tell of how much smarter they are than their owners. We users put them through all the elements and then some. Fire, water, wind, snow, safari -- they've seen it all.
Consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of the trials and tribulations their phones endured. Several met their demise by car -- either sliding off the top of the car into traffic or just being dropped by overwhelmed or clumsy hands and getting run over as the car backed out.
Some got dunked in a coffee bath like a biscotti at breakfast.
One of my favorites appeared a few times: death by snow bank. The cellular carcass wasn't found until the spring thaw.
Another good one: The phone sacrificed itself to save the knee of its owner from a speeding arrow.
Here are the top five SquareTrade pulled out for its Cellphone Darwin Awards:
5. Blame Fido. The user wrote: “My dog ate my cell phone and my daughter's entire throw blanket." A week later, it all came out in "cheetah print strips.” Don't even ask.