Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction

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  1. krimson macrumors 65816

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    I felt this needed to be posted in as many places as possible.



    Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction

     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Excellent! I'm now submitting a patent for "clothing based portable laptop and iPod charging". I expect to make millions! That, or spontaneously combust. ;)
     
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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  4. Lacero macrumors 604

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    This story will be discounted as pure fiction.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I believe you mean "pure friction". ;)
     
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I don't know, it's almost stranger than fiction... ;)
     
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    I'm very skeptical as well... sounds WAY too good to be true. Wonder if/when Snopes.com will address this one?
     
  9. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Considering that the Van der Graaf generators used in high school physics labs all over the world generate 10s if not 100s kV, and you don't hear of too many schools burning down, I too am sceptical.
     
  10. watcher2001 macrumors 6502a

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    I did a google search and it seems that a lot of news agencies are reporting on this. Not to say that the media always gets it right, but for this many groups to report it?????
     
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  12. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Snopes hangs out at alt.folklore.urban, where this is being discussed right now:
    http://groups.google.com/group/alt....0cd26e8daad/70c1cd375c2dc4e9#70c1cd375c2dc4e9

    I'm sure there'll be a Snopes report soon.

    Edit: By the way, the link to the Reuters story in the original post displays just an empty page now (at least on my browser)
     
  13. AppleAce macrumors regular

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    This absolutely *has* to be fake. Either that, or Reuters and everyone else involved has absolutely no idea what the hell they are talking about.
    Volts do not measure electric current. Amps measure current. Also, current does not "build up" in articles of clothing rubbing together. Charge builds up.
    I can believe that the right collection of wool socks and nylon jackets and other static electricity prone items of clothing could build up 40,000 V of static electrical potential, if the weather was dry and everything, but there is no way that when this discharged that it would be able to supply a high enough current to light carpet on fire and melt plastic.
    Otherwise Van de Graff generators would not be safe to play with in school science labs, because they can generate wayyyyyy more charge difference than rubbing a wool sock on a balloon or something like that.
    Something isn't right here. Fire Official Henry Barton obviously does not know very much about electricity if he thinks that current is measured in volts. Clothing does not magically radiate electric current, like this article makes you believe.
     
  14. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    Touching something metal that was grounded should have taken care of this problem....
     

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