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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Meat Plow, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    They also demonstrated that you can't get electrocuted pissing on a
    live-rail railroad track ! I think a lot of what they do is carefully
    'dimensioned' to create good television, and a lot of what they use as their
    'proofs', makes for very dubious science ...

    Arfa
     
  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    I'll bet an industrial ceiling fan with sharpened metal blades could lop
    off your noggin right quick :)

    As far as the Mythbusters goes, they also demonstrated that you couldn't
    get shocked by pissing on an electric fence. Although I've not tried it, I
    once saw a drunk chick bare her ass to take a pee and make contact with an
    electric fence. This happened years ago at a dairy farm I worked on in my
    youth.
     
  3. And very convincingly! There were two reasons -- first, the pisser doesn't
    usually make sufficiently good contact with the ground. And second, the
    urine stream breaks up into droplets that can't conduct.

    One of the things that makes Mythbusters generally credible is that, when
    something doesn't work, they push it to the point where it does work --
    which is usually beyond the point of credibility. They did it in this case
    by bringing the gel dummy close enough to the rails where so that the urine
    stream did not break up -- and he was "electrocuted".

    Science is not "facts" but "process". They are generally good at "process",
    except when they don't perform an experiment often enough to reduce the
    likelihood of sampling error.
     
  4. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    OK, I just spoke to my friend, and he absolutely confirms the story, as I
    told it. He actually knew the pilot and the family. He was unable to attend
    the funeral himself, but several other close friends and fellow pilots, did.
    His explanation is that it was all down to "100 hour syndrome", where a
    private pilot with 100 full-license hours up on a machine, gets complacent,
    and careless. Apparantly, it is absolutely laid down in the safety rules
    that the pilot must remain in his seat, hauling on the rotor brake, until it
    has come to a complete stop, when it must then be chained down. Such was his
    excitement at seeing his little girl waiting for him, this all went out the
    window, and this hideous accident was the result. He believes that it was
    reported in one of the local papers, but not in the nationals, so either I
    did read it as I believed, or I heard it directly from him. He reckons it
    was about 2002 / 3.

    I know what you mean about dream realities. It's sort of like the more times
    you tell the story, the truer it becomes. I think that such stories are
    often based in reality, but come about as a result of added embellishments
    to improve the entertainment value. Further, I think that if you really
    examine what you're saying at the time you are saying it, deep down, you
    *know* that it's a 'story' you are telling. I know that I have such stories
    that I've got used to telling in a certain way over the years, and as I tell
    them, I know that particular events in the story didn't actually happen in
    the way I am telling them, so I think that they have probably 'developed'
    that way to elicit the sorts of reactions from the listeners, that please
    you in the way that you want them to.

    Arfa
     
  5. Guest

    There was a big pig in Montana.That pig knew he was going to get zapped
    by that electric fence.The pig didn't care, he was going out anyway.
    cuhulin
     
  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Well, whatever the integrity of the science and the methodology used in its
    pursuit, it's pretty entertaining telly, I'll grant you that ! Did you see
    my additional post above, about the truth of the decapitated child story
    that I had previously related ?

    Arfa
     

  7. That pig escaped, and invented WebTV.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  8. Smitty Two

    Smitty Two Guest

    Well, that is damn gruesome. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety
    Board) maintains a searchable online database of aircraft accidents
    here. Anything comparable there that might have the official details?
     
  9. Guest

    Some pigs use WebTV and computers.I am one of those escaped pigs who
    does so.Velocity Micro ProMagix desktop computer www.velocitymicro.com
    with wireless radio Gyration mini keyboard and mouse. www.gyration.com
    I never drag my computer around in the mud.That's why that pig escaped
    from the mud and invented WebTV.
    cuhulin
     
  10. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    In my own youth, I once accidentally played a stream of water, from a
    hose, on an electric fence. I had my finger over the end, directing the
    stream. That one was not powerful enough to electrocute anything; but I
    definitely felt the jolt. Didn't hurt me, but certainly surprised me.

    jak
     
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