Monday, December 22, 2014|
|Important Electrical Lesson |
Date: Sent Friday, December 19, 2014
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Here is a simple experiment that will teach you an important electrical lesson: On a cool, dry day, scuff your feet along a carpet, then reach your
hand into a friend's mouth and touch one of his dental fillings. Did you notice how your friend twitched violently and cried out in pain? This teaches
us that electricity can be a very powerful force, but we must never use it to hurt others unless we need to learn an important electrical lesson.
It also teaches us how an electrical circuit works. When you scuffed your feet, you picked up batches of "electrons," which are very small objects
that carpet manufacturers weave into carpets so they will attract dirt. The electrons travel through your bloodstream and collect in your finger,
where they form a spark that leaps to your friend's filling, then travels down to his feet and back into the carpet, thus completing the circuit.
Amazing Electronic Fact: If you scuffed your feet long enough without touching anything, you would build up so many electrons that your finger would
explode! But this is nothing to worry about unless you have carpeting.
-- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"
Received from Dan Galvin of TFTD.