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  • Can this be real!

    This appeared in last weeks Sunday Times.
    WHat do ya think people?
    Real or Bollocks?
    If its real then it must surely explain the myth of spontaneous combustion.

  • #2
    It may be possible i dont know but something important to note is that its not just voltage that can kill you but you need a decent amount of amperage as well. Thats why some people may survive a lightning strike that has in exess of a million volts where as another person may be elecricuted on a 240V home mains supply. To create a potential difference of 30 000 volts in a jacket sounds way extrreme though, so i call bullshit. But its in a newspaper so it must be true

    edit-Wait a minute where was he "conducting" the electricity from and how did his jacket store it? I call bullshit a second time
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    • #3
      That's when you want to walk around offering free candy to little kids, here kids.. take some, I DARE YOU!
      Right now Im having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think Ive forgotten this before.

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      • #4
        The 30,000V doesn't sound unreasonable.

        The melting of plastic etc indicates a rather high current which seems a bit over the top.
        The right clothing under the jacket, it could build up that potential difference.
        But to store the energy to deliver that kind of current seems extrordinary.
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        • #5
          maybe it was the energizer bunny disguised as a man

          my vote also goes to bollocks
          The kneebone's connected to the something, the something's connected to the red thing, the red thing's connected to my WRIST WATCH

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dugy@Sep 21 2005, 02:51 PM
            The 30,000V doesn't sound unreasonable.

            The melting of plastic etc indicates a rather high current which seems a bit over the top.
            The right clothing under the jacket, it could build up that potential difference.
            But to store the energy to deliver that kind of current seems extrordinary.
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            yer because they say the voltage went off the scale then settled at 30 000V. I very much doubt it could have the capacity for this
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            • #7
              Possible

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              • #8
                According to Reuters, it was 40,000 volts.

                I call bullshit also.

                Here's the link for those interested:
                http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050916/od_nm/..._electricity_dc

                Originally linked from Slashdot.

                bman.
                Reporting LIVE from Scotland!

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                • #9
                  Looks like a job for mythbusters.
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                  • #10
                    SHANANIGANS!!!

                    For it to melt the plastic it requires an amount of heat for a sustained period of time. To do this electrically you require a current for said amount of time. Static electricity is called that because it is STATIC in a sense that it&#39;s got bugger all current this is also the priciple behind the high voltage transmission lines because high voltage/low amps = cold conductors
                    Low voltage e.g 240/415v/higher amps = heat in conductors there for conductor sizes are larger.
                    In order to melt the plastic and burn the carpet he would&#39;ve had to sustained a circuit.

                    #2 All electricity is looking to find earth via the shortest possible route (that&#39;s why you and i get electrocuted) if he walked within 30 cm of any thing earthed (metal door frame, metal on bench, queue guidrail) he would&#39;ve discharged and you could have possibly seen a blue spark up to 30 cm long but not much more. It requires 1000v to jump 1cm in dry air.

                    once again SHANANIGANS!!!!!!
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                    • #11
                      "We tested his clothes with a static electricity field meter and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said.[/b]

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                      • #12
                        I want one!
                        Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still

                        Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still

                        Whoever is filthy... let him be filthy still

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pacman@Sep 21 2005, 05:16 PM
                          I want one!
                          "ShockPac" - Superhero

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                          • #14
                            HAhaha, sa-weet!@
                            Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still

                            Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still

                            Whoever is filthy... let him be filthy still

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dugy@Sep 21 2005, 06:09 PM
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                              how do you measure the current of something static? If its static electricity isnt it just like the electrons are stuck to a non conductor therefore cannot move therefore do not create a current?
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