One of the newest additions to the London skyline is the skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street. Popularly known as the “Walkie Talkie” because of its shape, the building is rapidly becoming better known as the “Walkie Scorchie.”
Because of the concave, reflective shape of the structure, light is reflected and focused in an intense beam of light that can rapidly reach temperatures approaching 200 F (93 C).
The heat has been demonstrated to be sufficient to fry an egg, melt plastic bottles, and fuel a hog roast. A less-amusing demonstration of the building’s heat ray occurred when plastic chairs in a nearby cafe melted, and a portion of a Jaguar car melted after being in the wrong place at the wrong time.