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(My Fox DC)   Boy hurt after putting paper clip in electrical socket. Darwin shrugs. Bonus: happened at Academic Enrichment Camp   (myfoxdc.com) divider line 74
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2008-07-11 11:34:48 AM
attending an academic enrichment camp

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2008-07-11 11:41:35 AM
College spokeswoman Beth Stull says the boy's action during a computer class was independent of what he was doing in class.

Well, no shiat. I'm glad we're not telling our 10 yr olds to stick paperclips into 120VAC outlets.
 
2008-07-11 11:51:06 AM
Dear stupid mom,

You are sending your kid to the wrong camp.

We'll spend your money anyway though.


Thanks,

Academic Enrichment Camp
 
2008-07-11 12:07:47 PM
i34.tinypic.com

"You won't be trying that again, will ya?"
 
2008-07-11 12:29:23 PM
This Darwin thing is getting old. Not funny.
 
2008-07-11 12:30:35 PM
Setsuna:This Darwin thing is getting old. Not funny.

Feel free to write your own headlines.
 
2008-07-11 12:32:18 PM
College spokeswoman Beth Stull says the boy's action during a computer class was independent of what he was doing in class.

Actually, the assignment was to stick his tongue into the outlet. He has a bright career as a WalMart greeter or politician ahead of him ...
 
2008-07-11 12:32:29 PM
I was just amused they sent a letter home to parents about it too.
 
2008-07-11 12:32:42 PM
Lawsuit filed in 5...4...3...
 
2008-07-11 12:33:04 PM
lh3.ggpht.com

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 
2008-07-11 12:33:37 PM
I stuck a pair of tweezers in an outlet when I was a kid. Learned that lesson. Then again, I was four.

What's this kid's excuse?
 
2008-07-11 12:35:20 PM
Good. Maybe it'll teach him to not be a complete moran.
 
2008-07-11 12:36:12 PM
As a child I did this with a staple. I learned a valuable lesson that day and a fabulous new dance.
 
2008-07-11 12:36:56 PM
Was it the Midvale School for the Gifted?
 
2008-07-11 12:37:56 PM
www.intelligentrecords.com

Somehow I don't think you though your cunning plan all the way through.
 
2008-07-11 12:38:26 PM
10 years old----

my 10 year old grandkids have more sense than that.

what did mommy and daddy teach that kid, anyway?
 
2008-07-11 12:40:34 PM
Frizbone:Somehow I don't think you though your cunning plan all the way through.

Interestingly, submitting a link to this story last night with that very cliche as the headline earned me a redlight.

I stuck things in outlets from time to time as a child, so I'm getting a real jolt out of some of these replies.
 
2008-07-11 12:40:49 PM
lh3.ggpht.com

YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG
 
2008-07-11 12:41:18 PM
Photo of kid who didn't think it through. Check.
Cartoon of kid pushing instead of pulling door. Check.
The "Your child is at the wrong camp" letter. Check.

Shortest Fark thread ever?
 
2008-07-11 12:41:42 PM
One of my summer school students did that. He was shocked to find that it blew out the socket and gave him a numb hand.

Morons.
 
2008-07-11 12:42:50 PM
I can top that. When I was 7 or 8, I made a battery charger for a D cell Ray-o-vac out of some electrical tape and a lamp cord. As luck would have it, I really had to pee during the construction of the unintentionally explosive/incendiary device, so I ran to the bathroom right after plugging it in, thus preserving my eyesight and digits.

I was not to avoid physical injury entirely, however. When it went blammo, my mom came tearing down the hall, put out the fire, and became as smacky as I have ever seen her.

Darwin was a bit slow that day.
 
2008-07-11 12:46:11 PM
ChiliBoots
That's exactly what I heard in my head when I read the article.


The thing is though, the kid could still be extremely intellegent. It's one of those "well what is this actually like" kinesthetic things. God knows I've done stupid shiat like that.
 
2008-07-11 12:47:01 PM
OMG I used to be a nanny and had a girl who was developmentaly delayed she was 8 and she knew that you don't put anything metal in a electric socket so yeah
 
2008-07-11 12:47:39 PM
Back in grad school, one of the physics lab TAs told me that several of his undergraduate students stuck capacitors in the wall sockets...
 
2008-07-11 12:48:09 PM
Came here for the Titus reference. Was not disappointed.
 
2008-07-11 12:51:30 PM
Setsuna:This Darwin thing is getting old. Not funny.

The advantage of being older and forgetful, it's always new to me!
 
2008-07-11 12:53:08 PM
I did that once, now I have electrical superpowers like being able to control giant construction robots.
 
2008-07-11 01:00:57 PM
Darn Tesla and his killer A/C current! Edison was right along, DC power is much safer!

/sarcasm
//currently reading "Man out of Time"
 
2008-07-11 01:01:56 PM
ObXKCD comic:

imgs.xkcd.comTitle: How could you choose avoiding a little pain over understanding a magic lightning machine?

Maybe the kid was doing it in the name of science...
 
2008-07-11 01:07:54 PM
babydahl78:OMG I used to be a nanny and had a girl who was developmentaly delayed she was 8 and she knew that you don't put anything metal in a electric socket so yeah

Something she no doubt learned by...sticking metal things into electric sockets and getting the crap shocked out of her.
 
2008-07-11 01:11:05 PM
"This Darwin thing is getting old. Not funny."

Maybe it'll slowly turn into something better.
 
2008-07-11 01:11:23 PM
Shocking!
 
2008-07-11 01:12:47 PM
dj_bigbird:College spokeswoman Beth Stull says the boy's action during a computer class was independent of what he was doing in class.

Translation of Beth's comment: "I didn't tell him to do that! Don't blame me!"
 
2008-07-11 01:13:10 PM
GLaDOS: "Good morning, campers. Here are the enrichment camp announcements for today.

The Enrichment Camp reminds you that the paper clip can not speak, and if it did speak, it would warn you not to insert it into an electrical socket, unless an Aperture Science Academic Enrichment Camp advises you otherwise. In that case, if the paper clip could speak, which the Enrichment Camp reminds you that it can not, you could ignore its advice.

Don't forget that next week is Family Day, which is a perfectly good time to have your relatives tested by the Enrichment Camp. Cake will be served to those who successfully complete the Enrichment Camp Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device program."
 
2008-07-11 01:13:21 PM
Tr0mBoNe: thats what i came here for...right outta the gate...thanks

/I love this place so much sometimes
//hooray fark
 
2008-07-11 01:14:35 PM
Academic enrichment camp aka "lets get the section 9 kids off the streets so they don't steal my hubcaps".
 
2008-07-11 01:16:10 PM
brap:As a child I did this with a staple. I learned a valuable lesson that day and a fabulous new dance.

*Nods* I was five and stuck a fork into a socket. Learned the lesson in one shot (or shock).
 
2008-07-11 01:16:13 PM
A classmate back in Junior High decide he would cut the electrical cord on our microscopes with a razor blade.......while it was plugged in. He was shocked SHOCKED I TELL YOU when it was a shower of sparks, tripped the breaker and zapped him pretty good - he tried to act like nothing happened.
 
2008-07-11 01:16:38 PM
GLaDOS: "Do not forget about the annual Lake 17 Relay between the Enrichment Camp and Camp Black Mesa. Due to their infestation of head crabs, the Relay will be held at the Aperture Science Enrichment Camp."
 
2008-07-11 01:19:16 PM
My junior year of college I stuck a gum wrapper in a light socket. Didn't zap me but did burn the wrapper up.
 
2008-07-11 01:20:05 PM
Tr0mBoNe:attending an academic enrichment camp

This is exactly what I thought of and I'm so happy to see it appear that quickly.
 
2008-07-11 01:20:52 PM
MrHacks:GLaDOS: "Good morning, campers. Here are the enrichment camp announcements for today.

The Enrichment Camp reminds you that the paper clip can not speak, and if it did speak, it would warn you not to insert it into an electrical socket, unless an Aperture Science Academic Enrichment Camp advises you otherwise. In that case, if the paper clip could speak, which the Enrichment Camp reminds you that it can not, you could ignore its advice.

Don't forget that next week is Family Day, which is a perfectly good time to have your relatives tested by the Enrichment Camp. Cake will be served to those who successfully complete the Enrichment Camp Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device program."


"Addendum to the above announcement: Those attendees who can hear paper clips speak, please see the Enrichment Camp Mental Health Counselor immediately for your meds and a long chat. Thank you."
 
2008-07-11 01:21:50 PM
Heamer:Setsuna:This Darwin thing is getting old. Not funny.

Feel free to write your own headlines.


So, if a find a book or movie stupid, I should start writing books and directing movies?
 
2008-07-11 01:23:50 PM
jayessell:Photo of kid who didn't think it through. Check.
Cartoon of kid pushing instead of pulling door. Check.
The "Your child is at the wrong camp" letter. Check.

Shortest Fark thread ever?


Not yet.

[IRONIC] tag, anyone?

/Check.
 
2008-07-11 01:32:30 PM
PlatosCaveman:Maybe it'll slowly turn into something better.

New monitor please.
 
2008-07-11 01:39:42 PM
My 5 year old boy recently stuck the ends of a pipe cleaner into an outlet. The shock burned the pipe cleaner in half and scared him pretty badly, but he wasn't hurt. My guess is he won't be doing that again.
 
2008-07-11 01:40:32 PM
Been there

/done that.
 
2008-07-11 01:42:06 PM
arcas:Back in grad school, one of the physics lab TAs told me that several of his undergraduate students stuck capacitors in the wall sockets...

Hey! That sounds like me. Except I used inductors. And the outlets had an on/off switch.

/also likes to nuke CDs
 
2008-07-11 01:44:42 PM
AmazingRuss:I can top that. When I was 7 or 8, I made a battery charger for a D cell Ray-o-vac out of some electrical tape and a lamp cord. As luck would have it, I really had to pee during the construction of the unintentionally explosive/incendiary device, so I ran to the bathroom right after plugging it in, thus preserving my eyesight and digits.

Yow.

Closest I've come to that was accidentally putting a non-rechargable alkaline battery into a "plug right into the outlet" little battery charger. I heard some sounds, some things were fizzy, I tossed a towel over the whole thing and kicked it out of the outlet.

The charger itself was ruined, the springs to hold the batteries in had heated up and then been smashed by the expanding battery, so they had no "spring" left in 'em.

I'm now VERY careful to read the labels on the batteries before charging any.
 
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2008-07-11 01:49:33 PM
Lilith: Every day after lunch they go for a nature walk.
Unfortunately, Frederick is allergic to seven different
varieties of ivy, so he has to wear long sleeves, and long
pants... a bonnet with a net on it.
Frasier: Boy, I sure hope the other campers don't make fun of him.
Martin: Oh, I'm sure they don't. You know how kind kids can be.
Hell, all he needs is a birthmark on his forehead, and
they'd beat him to death with a shovel!
 
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