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Kim

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #50 on: March 18, 2017, 07:18:25 pm »
The phone and charger are irrelevant, other than explaining why someone decided to take a bath with a live mains extension lead.

I realise this now, but prior to this realisation, I had thought from my cursory read of the story elsewhere (and the coroner’s comments, notably his plan to write to Apple) that it was only the phone and the end of the charger lead that he took a bath with.

That prompted some Googling and a few posts here and there suggested it was indeed theoretically possible to achieve this unfortunate result without the mains itself contacting the water, even with a legitimate charger.

Unless it's actually earthed (phone chargers usually aren't), the charger output will likely float at some fraction of the mains voltage.  Unless there's a fault, that shouldn't be able to source enough current to induce fibrillation, and certainly shouldn't cause burns.  It's the tingle you might feel when plugging aerials into TVs or laptops into grounded peripherals.
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2017, 07:43:24 pm »
5 V with 2 A available could kill you, but you would have to try. You would have to bypass the skin resistance totally, which is where bathwater would help. You would also have to get the shock to the heart somehow, so one side of the supply on one arm and one on the other.

Just chewing the wire won't do it, but would hurt and could cause local burns.
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Kim

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #52 on: March 18, 2017, 08:02:24 pm »
5 V with 2 A available could kill you, but you would have to try. You would have to bypass the skin resistance totally, which is where bathwater would help. You would also have to get the shock to the heart somehow, so one side of the supply on one arm and one on the other.

It's also relatively hard to stop a heart with DC...
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2017, 08:15:36 pm »
5 V with 2 A available could kill you, but you would have to try. You would have to bypass the skin resistance totally, which is where bathwater would help. You would also have to get the shock to the heart somehow, so one side of the supply on one arm and one on the other.

It's also relatively hard to stop a heart with DC...

Wasn't there some controversy about this concerning Thomas Edison and a heffalump?
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Kim

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2017, 08:26:04 pm »
5 V with 2 A available could kill you, but you would have to try. You would have to bypass the skin resistance totally, which is where bathwater would help. You would also have to get the shock to the heart somehow, so one side of the supply on one arm and one on the other.

It's also relatively hard to stop a heart with DC...

Wasn't there some controversy about this concerning Thomas Edison and a heffalump?

Apparently not:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topsy_(elephant)
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hellymedic

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #55 on: March 21, 2017, 03:01:26 pm »

Torslanda

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #56 on: March 21, 2017, 04:16:29 pm »
'...a popular and talented apprentice'

FSV of 'talented'.
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

hellymedic

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #57 on: March 21, 2017, 04:33:39 pm »
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #58 on: March 21, 2017, 04:46:39 pm »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39339063
What a really sad and tragic story. It's a real darwin award candidate, but also very, very sad.
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #59 on: March 21, 2017, 04:56:05 pm »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39339063
What a really sad and tragic story. It's a real darwin award candidate, but also very, very sad.
Especially that his incompetence took someone else with him. But, yes.

hellymedic

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #60 on: March 21, 2017, 05:49:55 pm »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39339063
What a really sad and tragic story. It's a real darwin award candidate, but also very, very sad.
Especially that his incompetence took someone else with him. But, yes.
It is sad and tragic.
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #61 on: April 09, 2017, 09:30:51 pm »
http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/rouen-il-se-tue-en-descendant-en-rappel-du-9e-etage-avec-un-cable-ethernet-09-04-2017-6839352.php

In french, sorry, and there is a sad tinge to it.

The summary, translated:
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hellymedic

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #62 on: June 12, 2017, 05:24:55 pm »

Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #63 on: June 29, 2017, 03:01:10 am »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39339063
What a really sad and tragic story. It's a real darwin award candidate, but also very, very sad.

Where that happened - Fox Crescent, is where I went to school...

Anyway...

Not a Darwin Award as DNA has been passed on. But an act of utter stupidity none the less.

US woman shoots boyfriend in YouTube stunt

I mean come on! Did they really think a book could stop one of the most, if not the most powerful handguns ever made, from a range of 1 foot?
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #64 on: June 29, 2017, 07:02:40 am »
Shoulda used a Bible. God would have saved him.

Anyway,
"Ruiz's aunt said they did it to increase their social media following."

Did it work?
Sic transit and all that..

Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #65 on: June 29, 2017, 07:11:57 am »
Even if you were planning that sort of stunt you'd test it first without someone behind the book surely?
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #66 on: June 29, 2017, 07:22:28 am »
Even if you were planning that sort of stunt you'd test it first without someone behind the book surely?

Then it would be a holey bible.
Sic transit and all that..

T42

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #67 on: June 29, 2017, 07:59:18 am »
If she put the book on eBay she could make a killing.
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Kim

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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #68 on: June 29, 2017, 01:58:00 pm »
US woman shoots boyfriend in YouTube stunt

I mean come on! Did they really think a book could stop one of the most, if not the most powerful handguns ever made, from a range of 1 foot?

Guns and critical thinking aren't usually found together...
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #69 on: June 29, 2017, 02:09:33 pm »
Maybe the US should introduce a new gun education system where the kids have to watch Snatch. Then they'll know what will happen if you have Desert Eagle point 5 O written down the side of your gun  :P
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #70 on: June 29, 2017, 02:13:04 pm »
If she put the book on eBay she could make a killing.

Funny and true
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Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #71 on: June 29, 2017, 05:52:15 pm »
Maybe the US should introduce a new gun education system where the kids have to watch Snatch. Then they'll know what will happen if you have Desert Eagle point 5 O written down the side of your gun  :P

It's possible they had seen those pictures of prayer books and diaries from war zones that people swear saved their lives.  However, my understanding of such incidents is that the bullets involved were likely to be at their last gasp rather than fresh from a barrel.   

Unlikely this incident will do any harm to the gun industry; no publicity is bad publicity.
Sic transit and all that..

Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #72 on: June 29, 2017, 05:53:02 pm »
If she put the book on eBay she could make a killing.

Funny and true

It'll be evidence. It's the law's book now.
Sic transit and all that..

Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #73 on: December 07, 2017, 08:50:00 pm »
Wasnt sure to put this here or on  r/nottheonion

Man cements microwave to head ::-)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-42271150

Re: Darwin Awards
« Reply #74 on: December 07, 2017, 09:06:45 pm »
Wasnt sure to put this here or on  r/nottheonion

Man cements microwave to head ::-)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-42271150

There are sensible, safe ways of taking a mould of your head.