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- Residents of North Olmsted, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, reported intermittent outages of their remote key fobs and garage door openers.
- Police, local utilities, and a television repairman converged on the neighborhood in search of answers.
- Conspiracy theorists were quick to namecheck the nearby NASA Glenn Research Center or recent technical problems at Cleveland Hopkins Airport as possible sources of the disruption, but the solution was more prosaic.
As life tragedies go, the sporadic failure of a remote device like a garage door opener or automotive key fob is pretty insignificant. But when fresh batteries fail to remedy the situation and you discover many of your neighbors are suffering from the same affliction, things can get weird. The situation first came to our attention last week by way of Cleveland.com, at which point no resolution had been found. Just in time to quell the conspiracy theorists—saving us from a scenario that had all the makings of an entry in the year’s most entertaining viral news clips—the New York Times went and ruined the fun by weighing in with some well-researched facts.
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TV Repairman Solves the Mystery
The problem was even more infuriating because it was erratic: the key fobs for some brands seemed immune to the effect, while others came up dead consistently. One victim…