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(dayton daily news)   If you're going to turn on an electric pump to remove water from flooded basement, it's probably a good idea to wear shoes   ( activedayton.com) divider line
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2002-09-30 10:56:36 AM  
I am suprised this lady made it to 43. You don't want to mess with electricity. It will kill you.
2002-09-30 12:21:17 PM  
2002-09-30 12:37:19 PM  
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Surely she was too stupid to procreate
2002-09-30 03:36:43 PM  
She's been grounded.
2002-09-30 03:37:31 PM  
Wow, just goes to show you how some people just don't THINK FIRST...
2002-09-30 03:38:08 PM  
Natural Selection at work.
2002-09-30 03:38:37 PM  
"No hunny trust me, you'll be alright pumping the water from the basement."

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2002-09-30 03:38:40 PM  
We were talking about whether or not rubber shoes protect you from electrical shock.

I've gotten shocked before with rubber soled shoes firmly on the ground. Decent zaps too.

For example, do you know why a metal car is safe to be in during a lighting storm? Because electrical charge goes AROUND a metal frame and not through the middle. Not, because you have rubber tires.

I'm gonna investigate this, but I doubt it was the rubber shoes that could have protected her...
2002-09-30 03:38:49 PM  
Doesn't anyone feel sorry for the poor woman? Or her family? All you do is make jokes. Oh, this is FARK, nevermind...
(smacks self upside head)
2002-09-30 03:38:55 PM  
"Honey, would you turn on the pump so the basement can drain"?


"Thank you".
2002-09-30 03:41:14 PM  
Whoops "we were talking" referred to class I was in today in Physics...

It said that the shoes could have 'dampened' the electrical shock and made it less severe.

Not that she wouldnt get shocked...
2002-09-30 03:41:43 PM  
Culling the herd.
2002-09-30 03:43:27 PM  
This is what happens when you cut funding for education.
2002-09-30 03:43:39 PM  
Sounds like the family has a good lawsuit on its hands, unless this pump wasn't designed to be submerged.
2002-09-30 03:44:35 PM  
What's funnier than an electrocuted grandma in the basement? Grandpa's autoerotic asphyxia in the attic! I'll be here all week...
2002-09-30 03:44:48 PM  
Paging Dr. Darwin
2002-09-30 03:46:06 PM  
That reminds me...

Go Chargers!
2002-09-30 03:46:12 PM  
Valkhorn: If she was standing in water higher than the soles of her shoes, they wouldn't make a bit of difference. The key to avoiding electrocution is to make sure your body provides a higher resistance to electrical current than the machine does. If you're standing in any water, especially if your skin is in contact with it, you become an electron superhighway.
2002-09-30 03:48:11 PM  
True, just drawing from my experience of getting shocked in several experiments, shoes or no shoes.
2002-09-30 03:48:32 PM  
Valkhorn: If I'm not mistaken, this phenomenon is called a Faraday Cage, I remember something about Faraday making such demonstration where he sat on a metal cage and electricity was running through the cage... eerie...
2002-09-30 03:48:36 PM  
2002-09-30 03:48:43 PM  
shoes wouldnt have helped her, not standing in the water when she turned it on would have but shoes... no shoes wouldnt help

if in doubt always get your little brother to do it.
2002-09-30 03:49:14 PM  
The shoes probablt wouldn't have saved her, and only rubber boots would have even made a big differnece.

Now a submersible pump, that would have amde a differenece...
2002-09-30 03:52:36 PM  
Maybe she pluged it in under the water line. Now that would have been smart.

R.I.P Cathy Bloomfield
We will never forget
2002-09-30 03:53:21 PM  
Her relatives will probably sue her basement.

That reminds me of the fact that like 800 people die every year in US by being hit by a train...I have never figured that one out.

A. It is as loud as...well a tornado.
B. It is like two stories tall and a mile long

How is it that so many people are "snuck up upon" by a farking train???
2002-09-30 03:54:36 PM  
This sucks. I feel sorry for her family. Not funny but I will defend your right to make mean comments about it till my death. Vote libertarian!
2002-09-30 03:54:48 PM  
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2002-09-30 03:55:44 PM  
my $.02:

If the water was deep enought for a pump to work, then shoes wouldn'ta helped. Hip waders! (or at least boots, like MrCharlie sez)

And all these idiots think that evolution is NOT verifyable??? (and I can't spell)

I love the quote from the book "Oath of Fealty":
Think of it as evolution in action
(after a guy tries to suicde by jumping off a tall building)
2002-09-30 03:59:57 PM  
Man, her husband will be so rich.

I hope my wife is this stupid when I get married. I need something since my 401(k) tanked.
2002-09-30 04:03:01 PM  
Evolution stops when stupidity is no longer fata
2002-09-30 04:04:22 PM  
At 43 she was probably due to be recalled for a new model anyway.
2002-09-30 04:04:48 PM  
Like a skimmer through the gene pool. Thank you Mr. Darwin.
2002-09-30 04:11:03 PM  
2002-09-30 04:16:52 PM  
Wouldn't have been a much different outcome. Unless she were wearing those hippie sandles crafted out of 2 inches of car tire rubber. farking dirty, smelly hippies.
2002-09-30 04:22:42 PM  
Check out the "Most Popular" links over on the right hand page... Daytonians are sickos, I think
2002-09-30 04:39:32 PM  
2002-09-30 04:41:48 PM  
09-30-02 03:59:57 PM Shut........UP
I hope my wife is this stupid when I get married.

Well if she marries YOU.......... *you walked right into that, you know*
2002-09-30 04:47:11 PM  
Killing yourself with 110vac must be a slow and unbearable process. It would be a lot faster and (thus less painful) if she had used a 440vac pump.

Oh, and just as a side note- even in shoes of any kind, if the water is too deep, you should avoid it. I personally feel comfortable in less than an inch of water when dealing with low voltage like this. For the rest of you, just stay high and dry altogether, you'll live longer.
2002-09-30 04:49:50 PM  
Kaka, it's not that so many people are snuck up on by a train. I'd guess that most of the people who are hit by a train are pedestrians who run around one stopped/barely moving train only to be hit by the second train on the tracks next to the first one. Hopefully most of these people hadn't spawned before being killed.
2002-09-30 04:57:36 PM  
Well, I just can't be mean about this one...I feel sorry. May you rest in peace.

On a lighter note:

Forsythe P. Jones:
Used to have that album. It's a rare compilation. Probably fetch you about 20 bux. Good stuff, from the first two Alice Cooper Albums to Lord and Tim Buckley, the GTOS,(lord!) Beefheart, and two great Zappa cuts (Willie the Pimp (featuring the Captain) and Holiday in Berlin, Full Blown)--great guitar work. I'll bet that one's a bit hard to find...Not to mention The Wild Man Fischer Story...

/preachin' to the choir, I guess...who the hell are all these crazy musicians??...they ain't no creed, no britney, no linkin park...hippie burnouts, i guess
2002-09-30 05:03:13 PM  
Whidbey: Heard it,wish I had it...Gotta love the Zap!
2002-09-30 05:05:20 PM  
It sounds like the pump was faulty. It's not supposed to ground out like that. But this is why you put any appliance that gets wet or near water on a GFCI. Would've saved her life.
2002-09-30 05:21:23 PM  

Ok I'll give you that one. Especially since your my fiance.

2002-09-30 05:42:50 PM  
sounds like she had a defective sump pump. They are made to be submirdged. If I were in her family I believe I would get a good attorney and take care of this the American way.

May she rest in peace and her family be comforted with a fat pay check.
2002-09-30 06:21:33 PM  
Kaka I wish I knew the answer to that one. I take the commuter train in and out of downtown Chicago every day. And every once in a while there will be a delay of up to two hours (always during the evening trip...never in the morning for some reason) because some doorknob drove or walked into the path of an oncoming train. Like you said, they're loud and fast and I find it hard to feel remorse because some idiot couldn't wait the 30 seconds it takes for the Metra to zoom past. And I and thousands of other people end up waiting on the platform or on every single train on that line in both directions while the cops, ambulances and firefighters check the scene.

Sorry for the rant, but stupid people piss me off.
2002-09-30 07:47:22 PM  
No shiat, did you read the headlines for the "most popular" articles? "Man accused of giving girl pot, posting nude photos" "Boy, 7, drowns in hotel pool" "Boy found shot on church altar" "Area's most-wanted criminals" AND "mom, 13-year-old die in murder-suicide"

What is WRONG with those people in Dayton?? I vaguely remember living there one year...lots of drugs...and they have some little green men frozen on the air force base. In one of the hangars. The cold hangar, I assume.
2002-09-30 07:48:05 PM  
I doubt shoes would have helped much if there is so much water involved that a pump was needed, she'd probably still got shocked badly. And lots of shoes don't have rubber soles, anyhow. Stay dry and take care your equipment stays dry (or at least the electrical parts, in case of a pump) and don't mess around with water + electricity if you don't know what you're doing... that's far more important advice. If you're just relying on some shoes you're probably going to be the subject of the next Fark link with 'stupid' or 'obvious' next to it.
2002-09-30 08:09:41 PM  
Boorite is absolutely on the mark.

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A Ground Fault Circuit Interupter (Class A rated at 6 mA) would very likely have prevented this disaster.

Please, if your "outlets" (receptacles) in your bathroom, kitchen, garage, outdoors, attic, or any damp or wet location does not look similar to the picture above, then please call an electrician to upgrade to these proven devices.

I work construction (electrical contractor) and I only plug my tools and equipment into GFCI's.

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2002-09-30 08:18:51 PM  
Sparky66wv: I live in an old trailer (no comments, please--at least i OWN it) that has aluminum wiring. I never heard of it before I moved in here; now I wait for the box to burn down around my ears, especially since my trailer is well-equipped with extension cords.

Do I win that Darwin award? I could share it with half the people in this town.
2002-09-30 08:59:17 PM  
The Darwin Award was tongue-in-cheek...

I apologize, but the sadness is that it is won so often out of ignorance.

Aluminum Service Cable is commonplace, but if the branch circuits are aluminum (#10 and #12 wires in NM Cables) then you have a timebomb. I hope you don't have a Zinsco or Federal Pacific Beaker Panel too...
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