I should probably use a Solid State Relay with a zero-crossover start in order to have all peak current experiments start on zero part of the line cycle. If not, then there's a big variable as to what the instantaneous voltage of the 60-Hz wave is when I hit the shorting switch for the peak current test. Anything else I should think about when building the test rig? I'll use a 1K Ohm resistor as a substitute for the meat puppet, as I don't think a human has any significant capacitance or inductance to worry about. What about dreadlocks though?
The path R for the meat puppet is very important and hugely variable. If you asked me earlier I could have measured my skin resistance right after I finished my 5 mile run today, and was coated in a layer of salty sweat. Right now my skin is clean and dry and I have a hard time measuring less than 1M ohm.
The musician who was killed by the RPBG, happened on a hot summer night, without air conditioning, so he was likewise sweaty and lower resistance than my present 800K ohm.
My suspicion right now is if I grabbed a hot mains lead that 10 mA fuse would never blow.
So 1k Ohm sounds low, but clearly the people who do get electrocuted conduct better than my dry skin.
OK according to wiki IEC uses something between 1200 and 3200 ohm with 50% measuring 1875 ohms (at 100V). This sounds authoritative and very precise, I suspect reality is much more variable.
Note: Dry skin is pretty much an insulator, while we are a sack of salt water inside so any break in our skin can cause lower resistance and more current. Sweaty skin also matters.
This is pretty arbitrary but I'd use closer to 2k for your test, and this will still over current the fuse and let it open. I wouldn't worry too much about starting at a zero crossing... There are other much larger variables involved (like actual skin resistance) making that much precision un-important.