Why does my friend get violent static shocks way more often than I do?
December 4, 2012 12:52 PM Subscribe
Why is my business partner always on the receiving end of painful (but hilarious) static shocks in our office, yet I seem to be unaffected?
posted by Detuned Radio to Science & Nature (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So it's hilarious to shuffle your feet for a few seconds and then deliver a nice static shock to an unsuspecting co-worker. But my business partner can't seem to stop conducting these static shocks.
He's very conscious about not shuffling or dragging his feet - but when we're walking up the office stairs (carpeted with an extremely low/none pile carpet, as is the whole rest of the office) at the top of the stairs he'll touch a wall or a railing or a marker and get a violent shock, whereas I get off scotch free.
We can't figure out what's different that makes him such an extreme conductor of static electricity while I conduct so much less. We're the same height (he's about 15 - 20 pounds heavier, we dress the same-ish, and we're about equal parts "bass ass" and "dumb ass").