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Chthonic confesses: "Only last year did I discover why the lids of things in tubes have a recessed pointy bit built into them." Tell us about the facepalm moment when you realised you were doing something wrong.

(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 13:23)
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Wiring a plug
"You mean to tell me brown's live?"

I genuinely thought it was the stripy one, by way of a warning.

It's a wonder I've survived this long.

I can also exclusively reveal that when you plug yourself directly into the mains, you fall off the ladder and make a sound almost exactly like Brian Blessed gargling Tabasco. So now you know.
(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 14:33, closed)
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haha! Stripey = warning.

I stuck my finger in the light socket once to find out if it was bayonet or the swirly one, and got a big electric shock off it.
Then when I got to the shop I couldn't remember which it was so i got both kinds of bulbs. Then, when i got home, i couldn't remember which it was so I stuck my finger in it again. What a dick.
(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 14:38, closed)
I maintain that the system is wrong and not me.
However I always go with what the instructions say and not with my instinct which is as follows.

Earth = brown (mud is brown, soil is brown, earth is brown)
Live = yellow and green (Warning signs are yellow, green things are a-live)
Neutral = blue (calming, non threatening)
(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 14:45, closed)
I've built in the fact that the system is wrong
By remembering that the brown one most definitely isn't the earth.
(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 15:03, closed)
The way to remember it is
A bear sitting in a field

The brown bear is live and dangerous
The green grass is the earth
The blue sky is neutral
(, Fri 16 Jul 2010, 21:08, closed)

I can also exclusively reveal that when you plug yourself directly into the mains, you fall off the ladder and make a sound almost exactly like Brian Blessed gargling Tabasco. So now you know.

*click*!!
(, Thu 15 Jul 2010, 16:20, closed)

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