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Title: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Mike Sokol on December 26, 2013, 12:37:43 am
Here's a quiz of famous electrocutions, both accidentals and executions. I got a surprisingly large number correct, but I've been a student of accidental electrocutions for years.

BTW: One of my pet peeves is when a musician says they were "electrocuted" at a gig, when they're obviously still alive. The press confuses the words "shock" and "electrocution" all the time as well.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/famous-electrocution-quiz.htm
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Steve M Smith on December 26, 2013, 02:52:24 am
I only got about half of them correct.  Not surprising as the questions were mainly US based and I'm not.

I thought it was interesting the way a person was electrocuted then a physician tries to re-start the heart to see if a larger shock is required.


Steve.
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: John Sabine on December 26, 2013, 09:37:55 am
13 out of 20.
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Mike Sokol on December 26, 2013, 09:48:33 am
13 out of 20.

I got 17 out of 20, but I've discussed some of these electrocutions as examples in my No~Shock~Zone seminars, so that's not really fair. Guess I should have gotten 20/20, but there were some pretty obscure references in the quiz. 
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: John Roberts {JR} on December 26, 2013, 10:29:29 am
I got 5 of first five right before I lost interest... More of an obscure history trivia, with questions names of first criminals smoked...I guessed right on the first man, but bailed when it looked like I would be guessing more.

I also got kicked out of the quiz for a flash video ad that interrupted me then didn't even play (fail)...

JR
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: John Moore on December 26, 2013, 11:25:05 am
12 right for me...and I have been on the receiving end of some nasty stuff...could not imagine being electrocuted by accident , but have no issue with it being used as a form of retribution either...
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: John Roberts {JR} on December 26, 2013, 11:33:45 am
12 right for me...and I have been on the receiving end of some nasty stuff...could not imagine being electrocuted by accident , but have no issue with it being used as a form of retribution either...
I once borrowed an extension cord from my neighbor htat had ground and hot leads swapped, to use in my wet yard.  :o That was fun until i figured out what was going in, then I had to decide whether he was trying to kill me, or someone was trying to kill him. My judgement is the latter since he isn't all that clever, or devious, or angry with me.

JR
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Steve M Smith on December 26, 2013, 12:00:26 pm
I once borrowed an extension cord from my neighbor htat had ground and hot leads swapped, to use in my wet yard

I have a friend who is an electrician.  A few years ago he was working on a house which was being refurbished on a very wet day.

The plasterer was wondering why there was a buzzing sound and why he was getting a strange feeling in his hand when plastering an outside wall.

My friend was called in and quickly worked out that the power company had managed to get the live and ground connections swapped on the feed to the house which they had recently installed.


Steve.
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Stephen Swaffer on December 26, 2013, 02:21:40 pm
12 of 20.  So how did Edison and Tesla without the benefit of safety classes, OSHA, the NEC, arc flash gear and voltage rated tools survive to die a natural death?
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Steve M Smith on December 26, 2013, 02:38:05 pm
12 of 20.  So how did Edison and Tesla without the benefit of safety classes, OSHA, the NEC, arc flash gear and voltage rated tools survive to die a natural death?

Can't answer for Edison but Tesla wasn't stupid.


Steve.
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Mike Sokol on December 26, 2013, 03:16:54 pm
12 of 20.  So how did Edison and Tesla without the benefit of safety classes, OSHA, the NEC, arc flash gear and voltage rated tools survive to die a natural death?

I think that Edison probably hired a minion to do his testing, while Tesla tried everything for himself. It's truly amazing that anybody survived those early days of the electrification of the world.
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: Frank DeWitt on December 26, 2013, 06:27:34 pm
12 of 20.  So how did Edison and Tesla without the benefit of safety classes, OSHA, the NEC, arc flash gear and voltage rated tools survive to die a natural death?

Edison was quite concerned with safety. He chose to run the first distribution of power for domestic lighting under the streets of New York rather then on poles because he believed it was safer. He also taught classes for the electricians he hired.

There were already systems for street lights but not for domestic lighting. The street lighting systems used Arc lights  They were in series and ran thousands of volts DC.
Title: Re: Ride the Lightning
Post by: frank kayser on December 29, 2013, 11:01:14 am
I got 5 of first five right before I lost interest... More of an obscure history trivia, with questions names of first criminals smoked...I guessed right on the first man, but bailed when it looked like I would be guessing more.

I also got kicked out of the quiz for a flash video ad that interrupted me then didn't even play (fail)...

JR

15.  I was also disappointed, as it was more a history lesson.

Funny thing, a golf course I used to play at had an electric chair (really!) clearly visible from the parking lot and the front door with a nearby sign which read "penalty for slow play".