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Pavlov's Frog writes: I once spent 20 minutes with my eyes closed to see what it was like being blind. I smashed my knee on the kitchen cupboard, and decided I'd be better off deaf as you can still watch television.

(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 12:00)
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4 Years lurking ...and this is what i have to show for it....
I must have been all of about 15 years old and in my final year at school when my older brother of 21 joined the Territorial Army. Now the great thing about joining the TA apart from pretending to be a soldier at the weekend is you get to travel the world and visit all manner of places including Germany.

The great thing about Germany is that they are pretty lax on weapons for self protection including Stun Guns so when my brother went over there he managed to smuggle back through customs a stun gun (for the protection of his then girlfriend against dirty rapists).

We did the obligatory testing it on each other thing which was …ummm fun however, I thought that there was much more fun to be had that didn’t involve me being pinned down and zapped.
Being the annoying far superior in intellect and scientifically minded little brother that I am decided that there was much more fun that could be had with this muscle spazim’ing device.

I decided to take the dog for his morning crap and equipped myself with the stun gun for protection against the chav scum who were on their way to the local school. (I went to a school outside the estate because they were thick as turd).

On my way past the school I noticed that it had a metal chain fence about 10 foot high, now on that fence were some birds tweeting their merry little heart out (scientific mind at work) metal… electricity… So I pull out the stun gun and applied to the chain link fence…. Birds fall off the fence and flap about on the floor uncontrollably about 20 metres away.

I’m thinking the stun gun is a great opportunity to scare off the kids at school that gave me a hard time for living on the chav scum estate. Do I decide to flash around the stun gun to the chav scum and scare them and run the risk of getting “grassed on” or should I be a little more subtle. I applied my new found knowledge that birds fall off metal fences when electricity is applied to a new environment, the queue to get in to the class room before the French lesson.

The double hard bar steward kids used to sit on the radiators before heading into the lesson during the winter months (metal radiators)….

ZAAAAAAPPPPPPPP…. 15 or so people get the bird on a wire treatment with 50,000 AC volts.

Lenght about 20 metres :O)
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 19:42, 5 replies)
From a battery?
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 20:53, closed)
one of those square things, something to do with an amp to volt conveter, its the amps the kill you not the volts
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 21:04, closed)
He means that batteries provide DC current, not AC. There are, however, ways and means of converting one to the other, and a big capacitor can store up a big voltage
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 21:15, closed)
You need a means
of converting the DC from the battery to AC, then stepping it up to high voltage.

The electronic circuitry required is quite simple. And fun!
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 22:31, closed)
You need magic mercury boxes to change DC to AC and vice versa
and to change them to that size voltage the equipment is rather large like a cupboard, I was fairly sure that Tazers used a DC shock from a capacitor. Thats why you don't spasm with them you just drop, as AC alternates in voltage providing the spasm, because you are being shocked then the next second not and so on.
AC is also much more likely to give you a heart attack from even micro volts.

/Electrical engineer blog.
(, Fri 25 Jul 2008, 17:38, closed)

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