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shocking news - 9/19/2008 8:35:53 AM   
ANZAC_Tack


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i got a zap at work from a welder, and i get home, and misses sends me this email....

bet u cant NOT laugh

(its close to how i neally pissed my self with the .22 in customs)

but anyhow, i just got back from hospital(all ok,just in mild shock,sore chest and arms,EKG all ok),i became part of the 'circuit' of a High frequency tig welder today for 1/2 a second,both hands became + and -,thus i shook like a punk at a sex pistols concert on speed, could not release grip till i threw my arms down,then proceded to scream like a bitch.this story could not of arrived at a more funny time, i feel 100% empathy. boar u may laugh back and remind me every few weeks if u wish....though not as funny as u did gone dune...i still giggle weekly over it..sorry mate...

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"Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who purchased his
lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my
interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a
little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100
000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer. The effects of the Tazer were supposed
to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant,
allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety....??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.
I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the but ton.
Nothing!
I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND
pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I'd get the blue arc of
electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. AWESOME!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the
face of her microwave. Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy,
thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A
batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting
little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really
needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit
I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought
better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this
thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some
assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses
perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and
Tazer in another.
The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your
assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a
major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make
your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer
than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I'm looking
at this little device measuring about 5' long, less than 3/4 inch in
circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A
batteries) thinking to myself, 'no possible way!' What happened next is
almost beyond description, but I'll do my best...?

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side
as to say, 'don't do it dipsh!t,' reasoning that a one second burst from
such a tiny little ol' thing couldn't hurt all that bad. I decided to give
myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my
naked thigh, pushed the button, and . . . HOLY MOTHER OF GOD . . .
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION . . . WHAT THE HELL!!!

I'm pretty sure The Hulk ran in through the side door, picked me up in the
recliner, then body slammed me on the carpet, over and over and over again.
I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in
my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be
found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and
tingling in my legs?

The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a
picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid
getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

Note: If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a Tazer, one note
of caution: there is no such thing as a one second burst when you zap
yourself!
You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a
violent thrashing about on the floor. A three second burst would be
considered conservative?

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that
point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed
the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.
The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally
was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face
felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88
lbs. I had no control over the drooling.
Apparently I **** myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of
smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which I believe came
from my hair. I'm still looking for my nuts and I'm offering a significant
reward for their safe return!!

P. S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!

'If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid.'"

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RE: shocking news - 9/19/2008 12:17:08 PM   
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Excellent story...

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RE: shocking news - 9/19/2008 2:18:06 PM   
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Priceless. I guess this little experiment would have vaporized poor Gracie.

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RE: shocking news - 9/19/2008 3:03:27 PM   
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REminds me of the discussion our govt. had concerning whther or not to arm correctionnal officers doing outside escorts with either tazers ( replacing the 9mm issued) or giving them Pepper Spray. The Spray won in the end.

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RE: shocking news - 9/19/2008 7:41:42 PM   
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Didn't read it all the way through, but it seems familiar... Deja vu

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RE: shocking news - 9/20/2008 2:44:58 PM   
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According to Snopes.com, probably an urban legend/hoax, but a funny story none-the-less (I guess the clue is that, although there are textual changes elsewhere, the name of the cat, Gracie, appears the same in all versions, interesting). Actually, it does bring up an excellent point about tasers, one of the reasons that they can be effective is the loss of bowel and bladder control that can accompany the zap. Certainly the mugger will be stunned, but he will also be humiliated as well, in all probability - and an easier target to catch by law enforcement (just follow the smell). 

Glad you are ok Anzac, that sounds like a very dangerous injury!

SoM


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RE: shocking news - 9/21/2008 6:56:45 PM   
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In the first Jackass movie, one of the guys subjected himself to taser, pepper sray, and a stun gun. IIRC he later said the taser, (the one that shoots the two little barbed darts) was the worst of all. He didn't lose control of his bladder or bowels in the movie.

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RE: shocking news - 9/21/2008 11:27:36 PM   
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Probably depends on the gun and the length of shock.

Incidentallty, the Mythbusters just did an episode on tasers, attempting to create a water gun taser that used electrified water to stun. It failed miserably, but they went crazy doing it. Apparently a taser begins with some 50,000 volts to arc, then drops to 5000 volts when it makes contact (called the loading phase) in order to incapacitate. With their water taser, they often got the 50K but it would not go to loading phase, meaning death. Also, the farther away the charge, the less the voltage, as water is a poor conductor, comparitively speaking. They did shoot water from a tesla coil, which directed the lightening and made a satisfying bolt!

SoM


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RE: shocking news - 9/22/2008 6:35:51 AM   
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Glad you're ok Anzac!!!  Reminds me of what my stepson did to me during clean up after Hurricane Ike.  I asked he if could wire a male 120v plug on to the end of a extension cord so we could run juice from our generator to the house circuit.  He said sure he could and went about his business.
Later in the day when we found out that this would not work, even though the circuit wasn't loaded, (no devices attached were 'on') I tried to plug this makeshift plug out of the wall, and got knocked flat on my arse.  Nothing as bad as you encountered, but more than I expected.

I will say that my stepson will probably NOT be passing any entrance level exams on electrical theory any time soon!  <grin>

Special note:  at least here in the states, unless you have something called a 'cut over' switch, it is usually ILLEGAL to try to do what we tried.  I didn't know this until AFTER I got shocked... So don't try this at home!

Regards all,

sysrkm aka Rob

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RE: shocking news - 9/22/2008 12:14:56 PM   
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all electrical work here,more then changing a light bulb, requires a electricial,or one who is passed by electrician.hard to do or get.

why can i then bugger around with computers all the time? maybe cause its not DC. i still always turn it off by pulling plug(unless its ram/HDD,then its just switch)

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RE: shocking news - 9/22/2008 12:25:48 PM   
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RE: shocking news - 9/22/2008 3:47:15 PM   
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Yeah, the vagaries of current are a mystery to me. I am moving to France in 8 days and we are looking into convertors/adapters. From most of what I read, converters (US is 110v and Europe is 220v) can and often do slag your stuff (particularly electronics). While this might be entertaining to watch (for me at least), I would rather not see it. Something about chopping the voltage in half rather than transforming it, and to get true conversion, you need a 20 lbs transformer box!

Electricity fascinates me. I wish I understood all of the process behind transistors, capacitors, etc. But it is funny, I muck around with computers too (or have in the past), which can't be real safe if you are as uneducated about this stuff as I am!

SoM


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RE: shocking news - 9/23/2008 3:53:49 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Son_of_Montfort

Yeah, the vagaries of current are a mystery to me. I am moving to France in 8 days and we are looking into convertors/adapters. From most of what I read, converters (US is 110v and Europe is 220v) can and often do slag your stuff (particularly electronics). While this might be entertaining to watch (for me at least), I would rather not see it. Something about chopping the voltage in half rather than transforming it, and to get true conversion, you need a 20 lbs transformer box!

Electricity fascinates me. I wish I understood all of the process behind transistors, capacitors, etc. But it is funny, I muck around with computers too (or have in the past), which can't be real safe if you are as uneducated about this stuff as I am!

SoM




Well, it is not the volts that get you in the conversion, its the Hertz. Europe uses 50 Hz, versus the 60 Hz used in North America. It has been long enough since my Basic Circuits class in college that I forget the exact details, but I think the different frequency causes the "power factor" to be significantly different.

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RE: shocking news - 9/23/2008 6:04:20 AM   
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I have noticed a few sony product that have a voltage 'switch' at the back, has big warnings sticker over the top,but basically can go from 220~240volt 60hz to 110volt 50 hz. if u look some other products may also have this. maybe its better to sell ur electrical goods,or put in storage? maybe time to do those upgrades now!

wow france will be a experience, been there before or travelled?(apart to war zones im assuming blindly)

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RE: shocking news - 9/23/2008 6:14:31 AM   
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Yeah, my Dell has a universal transformer that accepts 50-60hz and 110-240v. Pretty common, particularly for electronics made in Asia.

I have been to France before, but not for this length of time, which is nine months! I will be in Marseille, so that will be a whole new type of experience. I have actually not been to any warzones, as I am a pasty, nearly thirty, researcher of Medieval history, academic. This means library time for little pay, on these types of grants, but the work isn't exactly arduous.

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