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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Andy, Jul 21, 2005.

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  1. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Andy writes:

    I read the electric fishing thread with interest, cause I
    live on a lake and am the only person who hasn't caught a
    fish from it, and it reminded me of another idea :

    How to dig worms using electricity....

    I did some experiments a few years back. To witt:

    I took a lamp cord, put a 100 watt light bulb in series
    with it (ballast) and then put the cord to two probes about
    a foot long that I put into the ground, about 6 feet apart.....

    So the electricity flowed thru the lamp, into a probe, thru
    the earth, back up the other probe and into the wall socket....
    The light bulb was to limit the current. It didn't light, so
    almost the full 120 VAC was between the probes going thru the
    earth. The earth was fairly moist, behind my barn, and I
    plugged the apparatus in and waited for results...

    After a minute or two I saw a LOT of worms crawling around
    the ground between the two probes. This is GREAT, I figured,
    and had a good supply of worms then, tho I didn't fish and
    had no real use for them..... but the machine worked, and I
    was elated.....

    By the way, if there ain't no worms in the ground anyway,
    this ain't gonna work so good, so it's not like you can start
    your own worm farm.....

    So , has anyone else tried this, or done something
    similar ?

    Andy
     
  2. GregS

    GregS Guest


    Just stay away from Chemlawn treated lawns., There are no worms.

    greg
     
  3. 3 Ga`

    3 Ga` Guest

    Spreading this idea may reduce our earth worm population. I wonder if
    the thunder lightning happens because some species out there try to dig
    out the "human worms" too,
    :)

    Cheers,
     
  4. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    Yes, as a matter of fact I recall the Coroner sending a guy off for trial
    for manslaughter in Australia (Ballarat: Victoria) some years ago for making
    a very similar device for his neighbour. The neighbour was killed by it.
    Don't recall an outcome.

    Ken
     
  5. Fred Bartoli

    Fred Bartoli Guest

    The worms ate him.
     
  6. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    "Fred Bartoli"
    Touché!

    Ken
     
  7. ~^Johnny^~

    ~^Johnny^~ Guest

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    --
    -john
    wide-open at throttle dot info

    ~~~~~~~~
    Maybe I should ask Radio Shack. They claim they've got answers;
    but frankly, if Radio Shack were our provider, we'd _really_ be in
    trouble now, wouldn't we?
    ~~~~~~~~
     
  8. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    "Fred Bartoli"
    They eat most people, eventually.

    We're all worm poo in the end.
     
  9. Sai Hulud May your passing cleanse the world....
     
  10. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    DARN!
    I was hoping that you found some electric worms - to zap fishes with.
     

  11. Yeah, I wittnessed someone using this method to get worms for fishing.
    However, the worms he got this way were not very healthy and he could not
    keep them alive (that's to say moving) overnight as could be done with worms
    digged up the traditional way. Guess te worms were deadly injured by the
    current.

    petrus bitbyter
     
  12. Yes, but so far it's been extremely difficult for us to crawl to the
    surface.
     
  13. I've heard that if you run them through a wringer to get the dirt
    and worm poop out of them, you can fry them up like bacon!

    Cheers!
    Rich
     
  14. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Andy replies to Rich :

    I bet that would be fairly handy for Jews and Muslims alike., who
    like
    to avoid pork products...... Myself, being neither, would prefer
    bacon...

    :>))))) Andy
     
  15. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    What's wrong with ham?

    Ken
     
  16. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Andy writes:

    I wonder if it's possible to remain Kosher and be a ham radio
    operator ????
     
  17. keith

    keith Guest

    Could happen. Wasn't Sam FB Morse Jewish?
     
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