..."We tested his clothes with a static field meter and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self ignited"...
LOL! A current of 40,000 volts? Mike, you're a fireman, what are 'static field meters' calibrated in? Have you got one in your vehicle? How do you charge the di-lithium crystals? You gotta watch out for that spontaneous combustion, it causes stuff to self-ignite!
...Firemen took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the Fire Station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current...
ROFL! Imagine! All that current pouring out of that poor bugger's coat and going to waste down the drain!
Conclusion? An absolute load of crap, but a good laugh!
[This message has been edited by Alan Belson (edited 10-30-2005).]
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#144268 - 10/31/0509:24 PMRe: Watch what you wear!
Alan, I don't think that this story was actually "made-up". I have some mis-givings about the way it was reported though. Most Fire-fighters that I know, know the difference between Current and Voltage. And I'm not going to engage in a Trans-Tasman tirade about Aussie FF's either. Clothing of these types can build up quite an appreciable charge. I'm actually wearing a Nylon T-shirt at the moment, and aside from being moderately uncomfortable, it gives a huge static charge in dry weather. I touched the Stainless sink-bench here this morning and I swear I saw a blue spark jump from my hand to the sink (which is bonded to Earth) and a bit of a slight crackle. Now, combine that with wool, wool(Or sheeps fur, if you like Sven ) is quite popular down here for garments. With them two materials rubbing together, It would take no time at all to build up a good charge. BTW Alan a Static Field Meter is calibrated in kV. We don't carry them on our pumps, the nearest thing to that that we would have is a Modiewark HV Line Indicator, that measures up to 66kV.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
#144269 - 11/01/0511:40 AMRe: Watch what you wear!
G'day Trumpy, I think "Stuff" is the online Christchurch Star and I read it all the time. Its a reputable newspaper. I hadn't seen the article you mentioned, but I'm going to look into it because Stuff doesn't usually print rubbish.
#144272 - 11/02/0506:26 AMRe: Watch what you wear!
That phrase was coined by a John Savage, (wherever he is now), when I was in the Senior Scouts. 'I Believe' had been a popular song then; this is before The Bachelors; Jimmy Young? Further research reveals that I might be eating humble pie on the static question of melted carpet, if ( big IF! ) the victim's coat was not only able to generate static, but was constructed in some way such that it emulated a Leyden Jar?