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  1. #1 "Static jacket" 
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    Anyone feel skeptical of this story?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4252692.stm

    Leaving a trail of scorched spontaneously combusting carpet?


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    Quote Originally Posted by harvestein
    Anyone feel skeptical of this story?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4252692.stm

    Leaving a trail of scorched spontaneously combusting carpet?
    Voltage is not a unit of charge. The Coulonmb is the unit of charge. 40,000 volts is not a absolute potential, it must be measured with respect to something.

    There are "stat guns" that produce such readings, but one has to use them with some intelligence. Apparently the reporter lacks the necessary characteristics.

    It is possible for static discharge to ignite easily ignited materials. That might include solvents used to clean a carpet, but probably not just a dry carpet.

    On the other hand an nylon shirt and a wool jacket are a poor combination, so I would not be surprised if he had a tendancy to shoot sparks at nearby conductive objects.


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    yeah i noticed the poor description, but i was just amazed that someone could build up so much charge without any ill effects, like burns, or even build up so much charge that he can make things ignite. But then i guess if people can survive a lightning strike, a large fabric produced static spark would be small beans.

    I read once about a guy using an escalator who had trousers on (cant remember the material). The trousers had been brushing against the side of the escalator. when he got to the bottom he contacted some metal and his trousers blew apart when the charge was grounded. This seems several times worse than that, but not as hilarious.

    I simply dont believe the part about him scorching plastic in his car.
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