With much appreciation to Andrei (I make it sound like we’re on a first name basis) and his linkblog, I would very much like to share with you the reason I was laughing hysterically at work today. Reminds me of the hype about duck-and-cover in case of a nuclear holocaust.
I say, if you see a flash or a mushroom cloud, you’d be better off reciting the shahaadah than following these techniques which are frequently considered to be ineffective. Alhamdulillaah their effectiveness hasn’t been tested yet, though, and, in shaa Allaah, never will be. Let’s just hope they remain tools for spreading paranoia, fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) and never enter into practical usage.