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(AZCentral)   Arizona mayor wants to build a 10-mile hiking trail under high-tension power lines. What could go wrong?   (azcentral.com) divider line 120
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2012-07-28 01:29:57 PM  
What could go wrong?

Someone could sprain an ankle, maybe stub their toe.
 
2012-07-28 01:36:41 PM  

St_Francis_P: Someone could sprain an ankle, maybe stub their toe.


drain bamage from all the fields and waves.
 
2012-07-28 01:44:59 PM  
Guess they don't have all the old railway lines that are now part of the Rails to Trails project.

Around this area, the trails are nothing short of awesome.
 
2012-07-28 01:45:26 PM  
Making it easy for people to get into a wildlife preserve will probably result in the wildlife leaving the area to avoid all the people.
 
2012-07-28 01:47:17 PM  

BunkyBrewman: Around this area, the trails are nothing short of awesome.


They are pretty darned awesome here too.
 
2012-07-28 01:59:14 PM  
Aliens refueling their ships by stealing the power might decide to eat the hikers.
 
2012-07-28 02:58:50 PM  

This About That: Aliens refueling their ships by stealing the power might decide to eat the hikers.


Finally, someone is thinking outside the box.
 
2012-07-28 04:46:50 PM  
What could go wrong?

Nothing?

I guess some people might get sunburned if they don't wear proper clothing and sunscreen.
 
2012-07-28 05:09:31 PM  

FloydA: Making it easy for people to get into a wildlife preserve will probably result in the wildlife leaving the area to avoid all the people.


This. It's also how I know that none of the people who come out with these ideas ever thought about animal psychology.
 
2012-07-28 05:32:57 PM  
Does subby care to explain exactly what he thinks could go wrong? I've got nothing.
 
2012-07-28 05:33:18 PM  
I've come to loathe just about any news out of Arizona, but I'm really having a hard time figuring out wtf is even mildly wrong with this idea.
 
2012-07-28 05:34:20 PM  
www.bats.org.au
 
2012-07-28 05:34:30 PM  
Went biking on a local trail under some high-tension power lines last week. It's a nice trail, but halfway down my seat became electrified and began to zap me.

Just thought I would share with you, my friends on the internet.
 
2012-07-28 05:34:50 PM  
Heat stroke?
 
2012-07-28 05:35:03 PM  
They could get hit on the head by a vulture swooping in to land on the high tension wires and frying itself to death in the transformer?

I really don't get what's wrong with this.
 
2012-07-28 05:35:44 PM  

This About That: Aliens refueling their ships by stealing the power might decide to eat the hikers.


www.weirdandunexplained.org

Just don't look up and it won't bother you.
 
2012-07-28 05:37:46 PM  
FTA: "We realized that is a huge cost for even a segment of the lines," Lane said. "As far as undergrounding it, let's look at the next-best thing."
 
2012-07-28 05:38:03 PM  
I used to design and commission substations with 500KV lines overhead and never had any issue. Soooo, nothing?
 
2012-07-28 05:39:07 PM  

flucto: St_Francis_P: Someone could sprain an ankle, maybe stub their toe.

drain bamage from all the fields and waves.


we habe trales on our hi-tensile wores, and I turnd out ok.
 
2012-07-28 05:39:16 PM  
encrypted-tbn0.google.com
 
2012-07-28 05:39:17 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I used to design and commission substations with 500KV lines overhead and never had any issue. Soooo, nothing?


You're supposed to say "so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies."
 
2012-07-28 05:39:28 PM  

Chameleon: Went biking on a local trail under some high-tension power lines last week. It's a nice trail, but halfway down my seat became electrified and began to zap me.

Just thought I would share with you, my friends on the internet.


Got any swampland in Florida you're interested in selling?
 
2012-07-28 05:41:03 PM  
If you take one of those long fluorescent tube lights, stand underneath the power lines, and hold the tube perb. to the lines, the EM field is high enough to light it.

This artist took it a step further, cool stuff.

http://www.stopgeek.com/richard-boxs-light-field.html
 
2012-07-28 05:41:10 PM  
Nothing would go wrong but why the fark would you want to hike a trail where power lines dominate the view? If I want to go hiking, I want some nice views and nature and shiat.
 
2012-07-28 05:44:01 PM  
What could go wrong?

Well, some idiot might find some mushrooms on his hike, ingest a few of the wrong sort, and believe that Salvation lies at the top of one of those lovely silver towers.
 
2012-07-28 05:44:30 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Nothing would go wrong but why the fark would you want to hike a trail where power lines dominate the view? If I want to go hiking, I want some nice views and nature and shiat.


This may be the only actual issue raised so far.
 
2012-07-28 05:46:11 PM  

Brontes: If you take one of those long fluorescent tube lights, stand underneath the power lines, and hold the tube perb. to the lines, the EM field is high enough to light it.

This artist took it a step further, cool stuff.

http://www.stopgeek.com/richard-boxs-light-field.html


Very cool.
 
2012-07-28 05:47:00 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Nothing would go wrong but why the fark would you want to hike a trail where power lines dominate the view? If I want to go hiking, I want some nice views and nature and shiat.



Think about it this way, it's easier to seea view without powerlines in the way if you're hiking along them. You can just go off to one side or the other. But if you're hiking in an area with them, and you're not underneath them then you're pretty much going to see them in one direction if you want to or not.
 
2012-07-28 05:47:39 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Nothing would go wrong but why the fark would you want to hike a trail where power lines dominate the view? If I want to go hiking, I want some nice views and nature and shiat.


When I go hiking, I intentionally look up and scan for power lines. This trail will be perfect for me. Others will be less helped by this trail, since they'll be looking around at nature, and not directly up at the power lines, like me.
 
2012-07-28 05:48:43 PM  
but it's a dry heat
 
2012-07-28 05:49:05 PM  

TwowheelinTim: Chameleon: Went biking on a local trail under some high-tension power lines last week. It's a nice trail, but halfway down my seat became electrified and began to zap me.

Just thought I would share with you, my friends on the internet.

Got any swampland in Florida you're interested in selling?


I swear, it actually did happen. Okay, it wasn't the seat itself but the metal bars underneath the seat. It didn't hurt, exactly, but it was not very comfortable.
 
2012-07-28 05:49:46 PM  

Brontes: http://www.stopgeek.com/richard-boxs-light-field.html


That is pretty cool looking, I do take issue with:

Using wasted energy, Richard Box was able to get over a thousand fluorescent tubes powered by low overhead power lines

Without the tubes the lines see a reactive load, the capacity to ground. Placing the tubes out there introduces a real (resistive) part to the load and takes away power.
 
2012-07-28 05:50:08 PM  

Tillmaster: What could go wrong?

Well, some idiot might find some mushrooms on his hike, ingest a few of the wrong sort, and believe that Salvation lies at the top of one of those lovely silver towers.


Considering that this is Arizona, that's probably not all that likely, mushrooms don't seem to flourish here except in watered lawns.
 
2012-07-28 05:51:46 PM  
Could be useful. Power lines are like water; if you get lost, you can follow them, and you'll eventually run into civilization.
 
2012-07-28 05:52:09 PM  

Chameleon: TwowheelinTim: Chameleon: Went biking on a local trail under some high-tension power lines last week. It's a nice trail, but halfway down my seat became electrified and began to zap me.

Just thought I would share with you, my friends on the internet.

Got any swampland in Florida you're interested in selling?

I swear, it actually did happen. Okay, it wasn't the seat itself but the metal bars underneath the seat. It didn't hurt, exactly, but it was not very comfortable.



Was this a unique instance, or do things often become electrified when you sit on them?
 
2012-07-28 05:54:52 PM  
I'd only ride my fixie on that trail if the lines are underground.
 
2012-07-28 05:55:43 PM  
Hike and/or ride this area almost everyday under those same power lines and I have yet to grow any super powers. Think subby may be a bit paranoid. I'm sure the air quality/skin cancer will get me before the power lines do.

Igor...the views are still quite fantastic in the area. If you walk two feet to the north of the lines the mountain views are great.
 
2012-07-28 05:55:59 PM  
The relentless 60-hertz hum will cause everyone to start singing in the key of B-flat regardless of the correct key.
 
2012-07-28 05:56:13 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Nothing would go wrong but why the fark would you want to hike a trail where power lines dominate the view? If I want to go hiking, I want some nice views and nature and shiat.


Kind of sounds like the main draw of it would be for people trying to get between those two other trail locations, or people who live close-by to avoid driving. So that doesn't seem like a huge issue really. Sounds a lot like they'd just be formalizing and extending trails that people already use as well, so there's apparently demand for it.
 
2012-07-28 05:57:05 PM  

Nakito: The relentless 60-hertz hum will cause everyone to start singing in the key of B-flat regardless of the correct key.


B-flat is hearby the ULTIMATE KEY!!
 
2012-07-28 05:58:08 PM  
DNRTFA
DNRTFT

powerline goons make anti-vaccine goons look sane
 
2012-07-28 05:58:15 PM  
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2012-07-28 05:58:36 PM  
www.paragonadventure.com

Hiking trail schmiking trail.

Those high-tension power lines are ready-made for zip-lining!

WOO HOO!
 
2012-07-28 05:58:43 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: [encrypted-tbn0.google.com image 183x275]


lulz

STAMPEDE!
 
2012-07-28 05:59:52 PM  

FloydA: Making it easy for people to get into a wildlife preserve will probably result in the wildlife leaving the area to avoid all the people.



People are a form of wildlife.
 
2012-07-28 06:00:44 PM  

Erix: I'd only ride my fixie on that trail if the lines are underground.


I ride my fixie on trails over underground wires. I'd tell you about the trails but you've never heard of them.
 
2012-07-28 06:00:46 PM  
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2012-07-28 06:01:56 PM  

Amos Quito: FloydA: Making it easy for people to get into a wildlife preserve will probably result in the wildlife leaving the area to avoid all the people.


People are a form of wildlife.


No....just wild animals.
 
2012-07-28 06:05:24 PM  

Gyrfalcon: They could get hit on the head by a vulture swooping in to land on the high tension wires and frying itself to death in the transformer?

I really don't get what's wrong with this.



www.corporate-aliens.com


Electromagnetic radiation.

Fries the brain, makes you sterile, and causes fluorideophobia.
 
2012-07-28 06:06:26 PM  

Nakito: The relentless 60-hertz hum will cause everyone to start singing in the key of B-flat regardless of the correct key.


While I was in the conservatory, one of the professors threw a fit that all the new classrooms and practice rooms had fluorescent lights for just that reason. They were all re-wired for incandescents.
 
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