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Electrifying experience

Kent sent me this one… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4252692.stm

When you read that is your response: Man alive I have to try that!!
Or: Note to self, don’t wear nylon and wool on the same day.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

3 replies on “Electrifying experience”

This happens to me every time I get out of the car. Swear to God. I reach to close my car door and ZAAAAAAAAPP I get nailed by my own static electricity. It’s really gotten bad lately! Sometimes I even see a visible spark gap.

I’ve found that by holding my hand against the metal on the side of the car while I slide out of my seat, I can manage to get out of the car without killing myself from a massive jolt when I touch the door. The only downside to this technique is that sometimes I feel the electricity coursing down my arm and accumulating in a small string of zaps as I get out of the car. Not as bad, but still somewhat painful.

Just recently I discovered a new technique which seems to work pretty well (or at least when I remember to do it). I get out of the car and once I’m out, I lean back and let the electricity dissipate gently through my clothing to the metal of the car. After a second or so, I am able to reach and close the car door without getting zapped. Seems to work pretty well.

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