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cfgauss
2005-Sep-17, 07:28 AM
I don't think I've seen this mentioned on any of the other forums here...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050916/od_nm/australia_electricity_dc
Have people really become this stupid? This is why I haven't taken anything seriously in the news since jr. high.
And a "current of 40,000 volts" too. To quote the comic book guy from the simpsons, "there's no emoticon for how I'm feeling right now!"

Kizarvexis
2005-Sep-17, 01:30 PM
When I read that, I was wondering if Australia has an April 1st like day as well. I mean, if someone were to somehow get charged up with static electricity enough to scorch carpet, wouldn't it discharge through the air when he got near a metal, grounded object, like a door handle?

Kizarvexis

01101001
2005-Sep-17, 06:25 PM
See Babbling thread Building evacuated after man builds 40,000 volt static charge in clothing (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=32350).

publiusr
2005-Sep-21, 05:12 PM
I'm surprised the spontaneous human combustion people haven't jumped on this.

oynaz
2005-Sep-24, 04:05 PM
A static charge can reach very high voltages, though 40000 volts is extremely high, and the discharge could just possible ignite a readoly flammable object.
But the story is wrong for other reasons.

1. It is impossible to ignite a carpet without help. You need to soak it in gasoline or something like that.

2. If a static charge discharges, it is just that. Discharged, ie. gone from the charged object.

3. Firemen does not carry a "static electricity field meter", which a doubt is the right name anyway.