There is a tale spreading around about people who have supposedly resuscitated their cell phones using bags of rice after dropping them in water or otherwise getting them soaked. The supposed science behind this is that the rice will "help soak up the water in the phone".
Is there any legitimate science behind or proof of this claim? As you can see in some of the comments on the above articles, people have also tried this "trick" and had it completely fail with no results. The advocate of this technique could of course say that it doesn't cure overly-extensive water damage, but this doesn't seem to be a sufficient refutation without a proper scientific basis for the original claim.