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(Daily Mail)   Woman found electrocuted to death by her headphones. Police recommend caution to anyone who may be listening to Metallica's second album   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-06-27 08:49:11 AM  
Subby is wrong this is what she was listening too

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-27 08:55:30 AM  
A large quantity of knock-off USB style chargers

To my American ears, knock-off means imitation branding.   These appear to be actual USB chargers, just really cheap ones.
 
2014-06-27 09:04:35 AM  
It is believed the voltage completed its circuit by travelling from the faulty charger into the phone, into her body, then through her headphones into her laptop and then through the computer charger back into the wall.



Positive?
 
2014-06-27 09:12:24 AM  
Cute chick married to a douche with a tattoo on his face.
 
2014-06-27 09:13:07 AM  
damn what a cute asian woman. i love asian women and hate fake beats by dre headphones!!  damn you craigslist!!!
 
2014-06-27 09:15:22 AM  
Electrocuted to death is redundant.
 
2014-06-27 09:16:15 AM  
This headline was courtesy of the Department of Redundancy Department.
 
2014-06-27 09:17:56 AM  
I'm inclined to call BS on this one. Don't wanna to go to FailOnline from work, but reading the headline, I don't see how that is possible.
 
2014-06-27 09:18:14 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-27 09:18:34 AM  

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


It's only redundant if it kills you until you die from it.
 
2014-06-27 09:18:37 AM  
Huh?! Cheap copies cost...more?!
 
2014-06-27 09:18:39 AM  

bikerbob59: Cute chick married to a douche with a tattoo on his face.


Her electrocution may have been the more humane option.
 
2014-06-27 09:20:57 AM  
People are urged to destroy and throw away any non-approved chargers to prevent further deaths

Meanwhile at Apple:  Hey Jimmy you are going to have to go clean the executive boardroom today.  It looks like goddamn Luray Caverns in there.  I swear there is a splooge stalactite the size of my leg hanging off the ceiling
 
gja
2014-06-27 09:20:59 AM  
Shocking.
 
2014-06-27 09:21:58 AM  
I don't think it was the charger. More likely the laptop shorted out and it went to ground- going from her hands, across her heart, to in-the-ear headphones, then down the wire and through the iPhone, then down the charging line and through the adapter and out the neutral.
 
2014-06-27 09:23:09 AM  

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


Came for this. Leaving happy.
 
2014-06-27 09:26:18 AM  

The Ascent of Spam: rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.

Came for this. Leaving happy.


I came here for this. That's why I opened this thread.
 
2014-06-27 09:27:00 AM  

Nefarious: Subby is wrong this is what she was listening too

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x219]


Done in one. Subby and Admin messed up this one.
 
2014-06-27 09:28:01 AM  

mayIFark: I'm inclined to call BS on this one. Don't wanna to go to FailOnline from work, but reading the headline, I don't see how that is possible.


Oh, it's quite possible.  I just dealt with a similarly poorly designed car phone charger.  Those buggers come with inline fuses--but in this particular one, the internals broke in such a way that the thing shorted AROUND the fuse designed to prevent shorts.  Shorts like that in a home charger will easily kill you, long before your main line fuses blow or breakers trip.

If the full current from the wall leaks from the power input of the transformer into the power line for an mp3 player or phone, and then the device is attached to you with a wired headphone...and you are touching a decent ground...it's cooking time.

Word to the wise--be wary of wearing your device or anything connected to it while it is charging on a 120V outlet---ESPECIALLY if you bought that adapter cheaply ANYWHERE.
 
2014-06-27 09:29:37 AM  
 
2014-06-27 09:32:15 AM  
Fark headline: Electrocuted by headphones
Article headline: Electrocuted by charger

What the deuce?
 
2014-06-27 09:33:24 AM  
How is there not a Maximum Overdrive reference already?
 
2014-06-27 09:35:04 AM  

Freakin Rican: damn what a cute asian woman. i love asian women and hate fake beats by dre headphones!!  damn you craigslist!!!


I prefer the classic Beats by Ike Turner headphones, myself.
 
2014-06-27 09:43:35 AM  

Rapmaster2000: A large quantity of knock-off USB style chargers

To my American ears, knock-off means imitation branding.   These appear to be actual USB chargers, just really cheap ones.


I've read that you have to pay whoever owns the USB patent to certify them, otherwise they're not actually USB and thus would qualify.

/DNRTFA - it's the Mail.  I just looked at the pictures
 
2014-06-27 09:44:41 AM  
Well just charge more for the damned things.  Duh.
 
2014-06-27 09:48:35 AM  
It's a shame that Metallica only recorded one album after that, but I think breaking up after Cliff died was the right thing to do.
 
2014-06-27 09:48:56 AM  
i88.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-27 09:50:48 AM  

ShonenBat: How is there not a Maximum Overdrive reference already?


There wasn't?
 
2014-06-27 09:53:26 AM  
FTA-" inadequate shielding causing 240 volts to 'arc' and pass from the charger through the phone into her body"

Yep. That's why I'm perfectly happy with the 120 volts that we use in the states. I've been hit with 120 a few times, and no big deal. Got zapped with 240 (220?) volts hooking up a dryer one time, and that went right to the bone.
 
2014-06-27 09:55:10 AM  

DragonIV: More info about bad chargers here:   http://www.righto.com/2012/03/inside-cheap-phone-charger-and-why-you. h tml


It isn't so much the cheap chargers as it is the 240 volt general power in Australia. That's twice what we use in the states, and twice as likely to find a way into places it wasn't intended to go. Even here, in the good ol' USA, we oughta knock it down to 60 volts, but that would take a major society change. Our 240 volt supplies are reserved for heavy appliances, like dryers, and ovens, where the power draw can be huge.
 
2014-06-27 09:57:05 AM  

Gonz: It's a shame that Metallica only recorded one album after that, but I think breaking up after Cliff died was the right thing to do.


Hey now, two more.  Master and Justice For All.
 
2014-06-27 09:59:55 AM  
Should have sprung for the Monster Cables.
 
2014-06-27 10:02:52 AM  

Carn: Gonz: It's a shame that Metallica only recorded one album after that, but I think breaking up after Cliff died was the right thing to do.

Hey now, two more.  Master and Justice For All.


I agree with master, but not really so much for Justice.

RIP Metallica 1988.
 
2014-06-27 10:04:20 AM  

Basily Gourt: FTA-" inadequate shielding causing 240 volts to 'arc' and pass from the charger through the phone into her body"

Yep. That's why I'm perfectly happy with the 120 volts that we use in the states. I've been hit with 120 a few times, and no big deal. Got zapped with 240 (220?) volts hooking up a dryer one time, and that went right to the bone.


Nope. It's the current (amperage) that will kill you. With a good enough path to ground, 120V is adequate to send your heart into ventricular fibrillation and kill you.

/sparky
 
2014-06-27 10:06:29 AM  
www.mediabistro.com
 
2014-06-27 10:07:07 AM  
I've been electrocuted and I am still alive.  Although it does explain a lot. (like my huge penis)
 
2014-06-27 10:12:55 AM  

Duane Dibbley: Freakin Rican: damn what a cute asian woman. i love asian women and hate fake beats by dre headphones!!  damn you craigslist!!!

I prefer the classic Beats by Ike Turner headphones, myself.


can i get those on CL as well?
 
2014-06-27 10:20:12 AM  
Don't use phones while they're plugged in.
 
2014-06-27 10:20:39 AM  
People are urged to destroy and throw away any non-approved chargers to prevent further deaths


Sounds like Motorola, Apple, and Samsung got together to craft this story.

Duane Dibbley: Freakin Rican: damn what a cute asian woman. i love asian women and hate fake beats by dre headphones!!  damn you craigslist!!!

I prefer the classic Beats by Ike Turner headphones, myself.


They make this sound GREAT:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-27 10:22:38 AM  

Jimmy's getting angry: Nope. It's the current (amperage) that will kill you. With a good enough path to ground, 120V is adequate to send your heart into ventricular fibrillation and kill you.


You're right, but the higher voltage makes it easier for the electricity arc and/or travel through your body in new and interesting ways.
 
2014-06-27 10:24:38 AM  
img.fark.net
 /obscure?
 
2014-06-27 10:27:27 AM  

Basily Gourt: FTA-" inadequate shielding causing 240 volts to 'arc' and pass from the charger through the phone into her body"

Yep. That's why I'm perfectly happy with the 120 volts that we use in the states. I've been hit with 120 a few times, and no big deal. Got zapped with 240 (220?) volts hooking up a dryer one time, and that went right to the bone.

 
2014-06-27 10:27:36 AM  

mayIFark: I'm inclined to call BS on this one. Don't wanna to go to FailOnline from work, but reading the headline, I don't see how that is possible.


The cheap chargers tend to be, well, more cheaply made, which often times results a less safe product. For example, the separation between the 240V side of the charger and the 5V side of the charger can be smaller, or the insulation in the transformer could be poorly made. A failure on either one of those would lead to energizing the 5V output with 240V wall current.

Think about it: if Apple's or Dell's charger killed someone, that would be associated with them forever. If the charger from Qui Gong Zhou Inc. kills someone, nobody cares. The brand name chargers have an extra incentive to go way above and beyond on electrical safety.
 
2014-06-27 10:28:28 AM  
220, 221, whatever it takes.

img.fark.net
 
2014-06-27 10:30:35 AM  

Fubini: Jimmy's getting angry: Nope. It's the current (amperage) that will kill you. With a good enough path to ground, 120V is adequate to send your heart into ventricular fibrillation and kill you.

You're right, but the higher voltage makes it easier for the electricity arc and/or travel through your body in new and interesting ways.


Yes the higher voltage will arc more easily, hence why we in North America went to 120V vs the european 240V...
However, 120V is perfectly adequate to produce the measly 15ma required to kill you on a path through your heart.
This is why the NEC/CEC has required ground fault interrupting devices (GFIs) for years now.
Fun fact, as an electrician, we used to test for power by licking our fingers and grabbing the joint briefly. They don't teach apprentices that any more. ;)
Don't do that on 347V (1 phase of 600V 3-phase systems) though. It will grab you and hold on.
 
2014-06-27 10:32:45 AM  
Grabbing the joint?   We just licked out thumb and touched the conductor.
 
2014-06-27 10:32:58 AM  

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-06-27 10:38:13 AM  

rnatalie: Grabbing the joint?   We just licked out thumb and touched the conductor.


Too many false negatives that way ;)
Just a quick brushing motion between thumb and finger...heh
 
2014-06-27 10:39:33 AM  
That's why you should build up some resistance. Americans, and Philipinos apparently, never get shocked. In other countries where electric codes are not so ridiculous, children are constantly exposed to high voltage. Their bodies learn how to handle it and become somewhat immune to "deadly" shocks.
 
2014-06-27 10:40:06 AM  

Jimmy's getting angry: Don't do that on 347V (1 phase of 600V 3-phase systems) though. It will grab you and hold on.


As an electrical engineer I once knew said, "Not only will it kill you it will hurt real bad while its doing it"
 
GBB
2014-06-27 10:41:08 AM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-06-27 10:50:54 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

Sorry Luigi, your princess has moved on to another castle.

(With that face tattoo, it'd be hard to find a replacement wife)
 
2014-06-27 11:03:31 AM  

Jimmy's getting angry: rnatalie: Grabbing the joint?   We just licked out thumb and touched the conductor.

Too many false negatives that way ;)
Just a quick brushing motion between thumb and finger...heh


Or touch with the back of your hand, so the grabbing motion induced is away from the joint...
 
2014-06-27 11:10:19 AM  
If she'd had Metal Up [Her] Ass, wouldn't that have killed her harder, deader, faster, stronger?

// wasn't intending to make that second joke, but since we're already here...
 
2014-06-27 11:13:01 AM  
First thing I thought of.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33nGwh0ADIA#t=2319 NSFW ( . )( . )
 
2014-06-27 11:19:50 AM  

madgonad: I don't think it was the charger. More likely the laptop shorted out and it went to ground- going from her hands, across her heart, to in-the-ear headphones, then down the wire and through the iPhone, then down the charging line and through the adapter and out the neutral.


I think they use 240 for residential power down under, therefore they would have no neutral.
 
2014-06-27 11:27:02 AM  
That was a most enlightning reference, subby.
 
2014-06-27 11:35:53 AM  
Per the Oxford dictionary the word electrocute means to kill or injure, not just kill.
 
2014-06-27 11:37:51 AM  

rnatalie: Grabbing the joint?   We just licked out thumb and touched the conductor.


Weren't you afraid of wrecks?
 
2014-06-27 11:40:00 AM  

kokomo61: 220, 221, whatever it takes.

[img.fark.net image 480x360]


i.huffpost.com
 
2014-06-27 11:44:26 AM  

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-06-27 11:49:22 AM  
Incredible. Everything is made from plastic, where would there be enough metal in a pair of headphones to complete a ground loop to the laptop?

Smells like an Onion.
 
2014-06-27 11:52:56 AM  
Shocking.
 
2014-06-27 11:53:47 AM  
i62.tinypic.com
 
2014-06-27 11:57:26 AM  
Nice face tat, Tyson.
 
2014-06-27 11:58:10 AM  

Rapmaster2000: A large quantity of knock-off USB style chargers

To my American ears, knock-off means imitation branding.   These appear to be actual USB chargers, just really cheap ones.


The ones picture imitate Apple's styling, if nothing else.

Still, the point remains -- use either official chargers or ones from reputable brands.  Electricity be dangerous, yo.
 
2014-06-27 11:59:56 AM  

Stoker: Incredible. Everything is made from plastic, where would there be enough metal in a pair of headphones to complete a ground loop to the laptop?

Smells like an Onion.


Err... you know there's a long metal cable that connects the headphones to the device, right?  Has a 3.5mm plug at the end?
 
2014-06-27 12:07:37 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Stoker: Incredible. Everything is made from plastic, where would there be enough metal in a pair of headphones to complete a ground loop to the laptop?

Smells like an Onion.

Err... you know there's a long metal cable that connects the headphones to the device, right?  Has a 3.5mm plug at the end?


This is why I only use fibre optic headphones.
 
2014-06-27 12:10:30 PM  
Could using a defibrillator be describes as "electrocuted to life"?
 
2014-06-27 12:32:52 PM  
I once got "electrocuted" by my headphones after trying to build one of these:


www.dansdata.com

It's called a Chu-Moy pocket headphone amplifier, made for high-impedance (big) headphones that just can't get loud enough from your cellphone/mp3 player.  But if your soldering isn't perfect, and something shorts out from gently jostling the c-moy, it farking hurts.
 
2014-06-27 12:39:31 PM  

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


ih1.redbubble.net
 
2014-06-27 12:44:32 PM  
She was listening to Motorhead. Puts on shades. Killed by death. YYYYYYEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
 
2014-06-27 12:48:01 PM  

rnatalie: Grabbing the joint?   We just licked out thumb and touched the conductor.


Well, if you touch the joint a few times before you touch the conductor, you'll have less anxiety.
 
2014-06-27 01:07:12 PM  
Anybody check the household wiring yet?
 
2014-06-27 01:17:52 PM  

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


Not necessarily in British English. The BBC has been using electrocute to include serious, non-fatal injuries for years. The OED even includes this definition now.
 
2014-06-27 01:24:48 PM  
Fine.

mygeekblasphemy.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-27 01:55:48 PM  
No Zip Zap Rap?

/am disappointed
 
2014-06-27 02:30:50 PM  

TommyDeuce: No Zip Zap Rap?

/am disappointed


img.fark.net
 
2014-06-27 02:46:05 PM  

moeburn: I once got "electrocuted" by my headphones after trying to build one of these:


[www.dansdata.com image 640x663]

It's called a Chu-Moy pocket headphone amplifier, made for high-impedance (big) headphones that just can't get loud enough from your cellphone/mp3 player.  But if your soldering isn't perfect, and something shorts out from gently jostling the c-moy, it farking hurts.


That looks like a really clever gadget if you just insulate the interior of the tin...
 
2014-06-27 02:51:35 PM  
Anyone with more information about the dodgy chargers...

I have information about Dodge Chargers.
But i guess that won't help much.
 
2014-06-27 02:59:49 PM  

kling_klang_bed: TommyDeuce: No Zip Zap Rap?

/am disappointed


Thank you!
 
2014-06-27 03:08:24 PM  

TommyDeuce: kling_klang_bed: TommyDeuce: No Zip Zap Rap?

/am disappointed

Thank you!


De nada. Or maybe she was listening to:

www.metal-archives.com

img.fark.net

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-27 03:32:14 PM  

Basily Gourt: FTA-" inadequate shielding causing 240 volts to 'arc' and pass from the charger through the phone into her body"

Yep. That's why I'm perfectly happy with the 120 volts that we use in the states. I've been hit with 120 a few times, and no big deal. Got zapped with 240 (220?) volts hooking up a dryer one time, and that went right to the bone.


I've gotten nailed with 8000 volts a couple of times.  Felt reall weird, but it wasn't quite painful and the muscles in my arm spazzed and cramped for a few hours.  The amperage was 400 uA, though.  Made a pretty blue arc from the wire to my finger, too.
 
2014-06-27 03:59:57 PM  

mjbok: Per the Oxford dictionary the word electrocute means to kill or injure, not just kill.


Yes, but they also list the "Used for emphasis while not being literally true" definition for "literally" now, too... A similar situation happened with "electrocute", which was originally formed by "electric" + "execute" to describe killing people in an electric chair... Enough people misused it, so it became accepted... Merriam-Webster seems to be holding on to the old death only definition though, so it may only be British English where it has become common enough to be accepted... But, it's probably just a matter of time before it becomes accepted here, too...
 
2014-06-27 05:05:46 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Stoker: Incredible. Everything is made from plastic, where would there be enough metal in a pair of headphones to complete a ground loop to the laptop?

Smells like an Onion.

Err... you know there's a long metal cable that connects the headphones to the device, right?  Has a 3.5mm plug at the end?


Err... you do know that the metal cable is insulated and usually doesn't expose any metal because of insulation from plastic. Plastic is typically covering everything electrical. The article did not mention "due to failed insulation". It's not like the old days when you inserted a bit metal cased headphone jack into an amp.

What typical audio cables might look like.
imageshack.com
imageshack.com

Perhaps it was damaged

imageshack.com
 
2014-06-27 05:53:23 PM  
I bet she had the volume turned to "11."
 
2014-06-27 06:45:14 PM  

Stoker: HeartBurnKid: Stoker: Incredible. Everything is made from plastic, where would there be enough metal in a pair of headphones to complete a ground loop to the laptop?

Smells like an Onion.

Err... you know there's a long metal cable that connects the headphones to the device, right?  Has a 3.5mm plug at the end?

Err... you do know that the metal cable is insulated and usually doesn't expose any metal because of insulation from plastic. Plastic is typically covering everything electrical. The article did not mention "due to failed insulation". It's not like the old days when you inserted a bit metal cased headphone jack into an amp.

What typical audio cables might look like.
[imageshack.com image 347x145]
[imageshack.com image 450x199]

Perhaps it was damaged

[imageshack.com image 435x290]


You know that insulation isn't rated for 240V, right?  You can't just slap a little rubber on something and expect it to protect you from any amount of electricity.  I'm sure that insulation melted; the description of chest burns would certainly be consistent with that.
 
2014-06-27 07:01:57 PM  

Stoker: Smells like an Onion.


That was the best instrumental they ever did.
 
2014-06-27 08:50:11 PM  
Okay, enough people have pointed out that electrocuted to death is redundant, but not enough people have mentioned that the Ride the Lightning album kicked ass and it's a shame that Metallica only made one more album.  So I'll go there instead.
 
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