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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 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.

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

rnatalie: Electrocuted to death is redundant.


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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

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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.
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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.
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Perhaps it was damaged

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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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