Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

    Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

    When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.

    "It sounded almost like a firecracker," Clewer told Australian radio Friday.

    "Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."

    Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.

    "There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building," said fire official Henry Barton.

    We tested his clothes with a static electricity 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," Barton said.

    "I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.
    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsa...34_RTRIDST_0_ODD-AUSTRALIA-ELECTRICITY-DC.XML
     
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  3. lex

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    hi my! this is the answer to the energy crisis! we should attatch a battery to this guy to store the electricity for future use at our home or office. if he could generate that much electricity, everybody could.
    reminds me of one of my favorite mysteries, Spontaneous Human Combustion...http://www.crystalinks.com/shc.html
     

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