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2013-03-07 10:12:32 AM  
That was funny.
 
2013-03-07 11:09:56 AM  
Remember, always hire a third world country to do your torturing for you!

This was cool and informative. Use AC.
 
2013-03-07 11:15:32 AM  
"Who the hell set this at 25 volts?!"

lol
 
2013-03-07 11:23:12 AM  
Those about to shock, we salute you!
 
2013-03-07 11:23:55 AM  
I can testify that 480VAC hurts like a sunnuvabiatch

/120 is no fun, either
 
2013-03-07 11:27:14 AM  
I don't know why but it's always funny to watch someone shock the piss out of themselves.
 
2013-03-07 11:33:10 AM  
Go on, lick it. LICK IT.

www.scrollinondubs.com
 
2013-03-07 11:44:14 AM  
Interesting question.

Historically, it has been AC. That is what has been used in all electric chairs, and it's the more common cause of accidental electrocution deaths. 

However, a good deal of that is due less to the actual nature of the currents themselves than because of a massive disinformation campaign prosecuted by Thomas Edison against Westinghouse in a turf war called the War of Currents.

Basically, Edison was promoting DC, Westinghouse was promoting AC. Even though AC was manifestly better for use in the home and for transmission over distance (all urban grids today are AC, and have been for decades), Edison didn't care. He was an evil tool, so he promoted the obviously inferior DC anyway, going out of his way to be a dick even in the face of the evidence. A big part of that was funding AC executions (even though he opposed capital punishment), both of people and of animals. His company basically invented both the electric chair and the word electrocution - purely as a way to try and discredit AC.

On the other hand, the physics would suggest DC is worse. Both hurt, and in high amounts both will kill you, but while AC is more likely to stop your heart, it is DC that has the 'can't let go' factor. Also, DC causes electrolysis of bodily fluids, with toxic products as a result. So a high-but-nonlethal dose of AC might just leave you burned, but a similar dose of DC could kill you by poisoning some hours later.
 
2013-03-07 11:46:45 AM  
This guy has a couple other videos that are pretty funny, usually involve some sort of ineptitude around electrical engineering tools. Good stuff.
 
2013-03-07 11:59:21 AM  
This guy's a one-trick pony. A whole series of videos where he tries to teach us about electricity and then ends up "accidentally" shocking himself over and over again.
 
2013-03-07 12:01:50 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can testify that 480VAC hurts like a sunnuvabiatch


The trick is to grab all 3 phases at once, that way there's no net voltage.

/Not intended as good advice. Lots of restrictions apply.
 
2013-03-07 12:11:03 PM  
AC/DC causes me severe physical discomfort.
 
2013-03-07 12:12:07 PM  
I apologize for omitting the obvious "hertz" headline pun.

/stubmitter
 
2013-03-07 12:14:42 PM  

Joelogon: I apologize for omitting the obvious "hertz" headline pun.

/stubmitter


Thank you, sub.  Nice belly laugh to start the day.
 
2013-03-07 12:22:39 PM  
His accent made me think of Serge from BHC

whysoblu.com
 
2013-03-07 12:42:31 PM  
Okay, that was funnier than I thought it was going to be.
 
2013-03-07 12:45:06 PM  
y2kemo.com
 
2013-03-07 12:45:57 PM  

whistleridge: Interesting question.

Historically, it has been AC. That is what has been used in all electric chairs, and it's the more common cause of accidental electrocution deaths. 

However, a good deal of that is due less to the actual nature of the currents themselves than because of a massive disinformation campaign prosecuted by Thomas Edison against Westinghouse in a turf war called the War of Currents.

Basically, Edison was promoting DC, Westinghouse was promoting AC. Even though AC was manifestly better for use in the home and for transmission over distance (all urban grids today are AC, and have been for decades), Edison didn't care. He was an evil tool, so he promoted the obviously inferior DC anyway, going out of his way to be a dick even in the face of the evidence. A big part of that was funding AC executions (even though he opposed capital punishment), both of people and of animals. His company basically invented both the electric chair and the word electrocution - purely as a way to try and discredit AC.

On the other hand, the physics would suggest DC is worse. Both hurt, and in high amounts both will kill you, but while AC is more likely to stop your heart, it is DC that has the 'can't let go' factor. Also, DC causes electrolysis of bodily fluids, with toxic products as a result. So a high-but-nonlethal dose of AC might just leave you burned, but a similar dose of DC could kill you by poisoning some hours later.


Working in telecom, the central office and cell sites are traditionally 48V DC, positive ground (research showed years ago that using the positive ground prevented rapid oxidation of the copper wiring).  We were always trained about the "Death Clench" of DC voltage.  Nasty stuff, indeed.
 
2013-03-07 01:03:24 PM  
He is sorta cheating about "hurt" because electricity on the tongue stimulates the taste buds generating bad tastes.

Anyway he says that AC is about twice as bad as DC. If one measures AC as peak voltage instead of of root-mean-square

upload.wikimedia.org

then 6RMS ≅  8.5peak.

So either AC really does make a difference beyond peak voltage or his measurements are off.
 
2013-03-07 01:15:02 PM  
I almost spit food on my monitor when he went flying out of his chair.
 
2013-03-07 01:16:03 PM  
I was expecting just science.. I  got science and lulz together.. The greenlight reptutation of the video tab just went up a notch..

/until the next batch of shiatty videos I'll comment about the quality of in a passive aggressive manner.
 
2013-03-07 01:52:22 PM  

kingoomieiii: "Who the hell set this at 25 volts?!"

lol


Not sure if that was intentional or not, but he really sold the reaction.

LOL
 
2013-03-07 02:01:00 PM  
 
2013-03-07 02:03:58 PM  

St_Francis_P: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can testify that 480VAC hurts like a sunnuvabiatch

The trick is to grab all 3 phases at once, that way there's no net voltage.

/Not intended as good advice. Lots of restrictions apply.


one of the funniest things i've seen was a raccoon grounding itself out on one phase of a HV distro line.

BOOM and fireball hurtling to earth.

raccoons burn for a shockingly long time.
 
2013-03-07 02:39:50 PM  

DemDave: This guy's a one-trick pony. A whole series of videos where he tries to teach us about electricity and then ends up "accidentally" shocking himself over and over again.


I'm more inclined to think he's a two-trick pony.  I thought the tongue thing was pretty funny.
 
2013-03-07 02:44:53 PM  
Delaware Resource Group only employ's the best...
 
2013-03-07 03:07:11 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can testify that 480VAC hurts like a sunnuvabiatch

/120 is no fun, either


270 DC is not fun. Nor is 120VAC 400Hz.

/done the 60 cycle shuffle a few times.
//I think 400 hertz more.
 
2013-03-07 03:16:13 PM  
"Women's pain thresh hold is higher than men..."

No, it's not. Unless she has recently had a child anyway.
 
2013-03-07 03:37:56 PM  

dogboy360: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can testify that 480VAC hurts like a sunnuvabiatch

/120 is no fun, either

270 DC is not fun. Nor is 120VAC 400Hz.

/done the 60 cycle shuffle a few times.
//I think 400 hertz more.


You guys sound like Navy EMs or ETs.

randomjsa: "Women's pain thresh hold is higher than men..."

No, it's not. Unless she has recently had a child anyway.


I looked it up and you appear to be correct.
 
2013-03-07 03:40:44 PM  
Working in telecom, the central office and cell sites are traditionally 48V DC, positive ground (research showed years ago that using the positive ground prevented rapid oxidation of the copper wiring).  We were always trained about the "Death Clench" of DC voltage.  Nasty stuff, indeed.

Ahhh yes, the dreaded "jingle-juice."
 
2013-03-07 03:45:59 PM  
Duh.

DC doesn't hertz at all...
 
2013-03-07 04:24:57 PM  

factoryconnection: dogboy360: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can testify that 480VAC hurts like a sunnuvabiatch

/120 is no fun, either

270 DC is not fun. Nor is 120VAC 400Hz.

/done the 60 cycle shuffle a few times.
//I think 400 hertz more.

You guys sound like Navy EMs or ETs.

randomjsa: "Women's pain thresh hold is higher than men..."

No, it's not. Unless she has recently had a child anyway.

I looked it up and you appear to be correct.


heh. you can always spot the twidget that shocks themselves with a power supply- they're a little off.

me, i took a hundred-watt 3MHz hit to the hands once.

very memorable feeling when that PRC-900 lit off.


and pain tolerance is a very subjective thing, but women are wired with way more receptors than men are.
 
2013-03-07 05:18:10 PM  
 
2013-03-07 06:10:14 PM  
Is this guy the inspiration for Raj's character on Big Bang Theory?  If so, how many drinks did it take for him to talk on camera or can he talk freely as long as no actual women are in front of him?
 
2013-03-07 06:31:37 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtlYi1yLTVQ


He does another one about electro-static discharge
 
2013-03-07 06:40:06 PM  

factoryconnection: dogboy360:

You guys sound like Navy EMs or ETs.


Yup. EM3(SS)
Never did it on purpose. Except with a megger. I handed the leads to a younger guy and zapped him. He wouldn't talk to me for a week. I felt kind of bad about it, but not too bad.
 
2013-03-07 06:56:09 PM  

dogboy360: factoryconnection: dogboy360:

You guys sound like Navy EMs or ETs.

Yup. EM3(SS)
Never did it on purpose. Except with a megger. I handed the leads to a younger guy and zapped him. He wouldn't talk to me for a week. I felt kind of bad about it, but not too bad.


Ah...motor shop entertainment. There's also a lot of fun to be derived from casually tossing a charged capacitor at someone...'here...catch!'

/good times
 
2013-03-07 06:59:39 PM  
Does this guy understand the difference between peak and RMS AC voltage?
 
2013-03-07 07:44:57 PM  

gblive: Does this guy understand the difference between peak and RMS AC voltage?


Do you understand that power is a function of RMS, not peak?
 
2013-03-07 09:26:08 PM  
I've gotten lots of "little" 120VAC shocks doing light electrical work around the house over the years. I took 240VAC across the arms once -  ONCE. I had to sit down for about 30 minutes. Good thing it was 25 years ago - my heart probably wouldn't survive it these days.

I always wondered why I never experienced the "death grip" - now I know it's a DC thing.
 
2013-03-07 09:35:33 PM  
blogs.smithsonianmag.com

Wanted for questioning?
 
2013-03-07 10:19:12 PM  
lmao i found another one where he blows up a paper cap


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr7bPmGTQUk
 
2013-03-07 11:11:59 PM  
This is a fun little toy..  Kind of afraid to try it on the tongue however...
axovus.com
 
2013-03-08 12:02:33 AM  
He's like Superdave Osbourne.  Viewers know that something is going to go wrong, they just don't know exactly what and when.
 
2013-03-08 01:24:11 AM  
Two words:

Tongue. Scraper.
 
2013-03-08 02:16:13 AM  

prjindigo: Duh.

DC doesn't hertz at all...


HOF comment.
 
2013-03-08 11:03:31 AM  
That was petty funny
 
2013-03-08 02:31:21 PM  
For those of you who still have a land line unplug the cord from the phone, hold the cord against your tongue enough that you're touching the pins and call your land line number with your cell phone.  Video the results and maybe you too can make the Fark video tab
 
2013-03-08 07:25:32 PM  
what does a nine volt battery and a woman's butthole have in common?
 
2013-03-09 08:20:42 AM  

ttc2301: dogboy360: factoryconnection: dogboy360:

You guys sound like Navy EMs or ETs.

Yup. EM3(SS)
Never did it on purpose. Except with a megger. I handed the leads to a younger guy and zapped him. He wouldn't talk to me for a week. I felt kind of bad about it, but not too bad.

Ah...motor shop entertainment. There's also a lot of fun to be derived from casually tossing a charged capacitor at someone...'here...catch!'

/good times


not necessarily Navy, lots of 400Hz in the mil inventory for all branches.

/ex ChairForce
 
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