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What's the stupidest thing you've ever done to yourself?

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(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 12:36)
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Fairy Lights
Being official DIY person in my house; I was last year tasked with changing the fuse in the fairly lights which were shortly to adorn our tree. Of course, being temperamental fairy lights, I knew it might be the fuse bulb that was gone, and decided not to fully replace the plastic insulation case on the back of the plug in order to save time if this was the case (so that I could replace the original fuse if required; we have a permanent shortage in our house).

I plugged the lights back in to our Christmas lights extension cable, and realised that the point of the back of the plug was to keep the pins in place - the live pin had not gone into the socket. Rather than doing the sensible thing, and replacing the full plug, I decided to push the live pin down into the socket with my bare finger.

Of course, I had neglected to check that the outlet the extension cable was plugged into was off. I heard a strange buzzing and a strange vibration at the tip of my finger, followed by me jumping backwards about 5 feet from my position underneath the Christmas Tree.

On the bright side, the lights did work once my body had been removed from the circuit.
(, Thu 20 Dec 2007, 20:15, 1 reply)
Ha ha!
...spectacularly stupid! ...clicks...
(, Fri 21 Dec 2007, 9:33, closed)

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