A dimmer switch in my house started shocking me recently. We investigated yesterday and the switch was not grounded (it is now). Did my wool slippers put me in jeopardy? [more inside]
I'm waiting on a call back from the doctor, but am just trying to understand the magnitude of this potential shock. Minor or major? [more inside]
Hi. I want to know if this is dangerous, how, and what alternatives there are. [more inside]
My wired Apple Keyboard keeps shocking me whenever I depress a key for too long (aka any time I type) to the point that I have little sore spots on all my fingertips. The shocks are strong enough that I can hear them through my headphones as soon as the arc makes contact with my fingers. What is going on, and why isn't the issue resolved by grounding myself? [more inside]
I live in Brussels and was here on Tuesday and very close to the Maelbeek attack. While not directly affected it was all a bit close to home. How long does it take to get over the shock and stress from being close to but not directly affected by terrorism and get back to functioning more or less normally? [more inside]
I was sitting in bed with my laptop about an hour ago. When I reached out to tap my partner's arm, we both felt a buzzing, dragging feeling - like touching the handle of a turned-on electric razor or something - and pulled back from each other. This only ever happens with MY laptop, regardless of what my partner is doing/holding/touching. [more inside]
Every now and then, there will be a few weeks when I get electric shocks as I'm getting out of my cars. Normally they're just a little surprising, but the last few weeks I've been getting steadily stronger shocks that actually hurt / tingle for a while afterwards. What's going on? [more inside]
When I first started my current job as a graduate researcher at a nominally Catholic university as an American in Belgium, my boss played a quick prank on me where he came into my office, plopped down a copy of the New Testament in Flemish, and told me I needed to study up to pass some kind of religious test. The way he did it, it was pretty funny and I’m looking for ways to prank him back. [more inside]
The dark months are approaching: it's late October and it's time to be scared, but not by your typical Halloween spooks and haunts. Help me discover all that's disconcerting and downright disquieting online (and possibly off). [more inside]
How likely is it that someone who has just amputated the end of their pinky finger will go into "shock?" [more inside]
Has anyone had a fatal electric shock while working on a computer? Is there any data?
Herniated disc, doctor says it's ok to climb (can't make it worse). First week back, electric shock pain. Can I safely ignore this? [more inside]
I got a mild shock while putting together a seed starting light set-up in the unfinished basement of my rental apartment. The light was unplugged when I received the shock. What gives? [more inside]
I am looking for a tiny car earthing accessory I had years back. You touched the car with it before touching it with your bare hand, which would "defuse" (?) the static electricity and keep you from getting shocked by the car. [more inside]
I am getting constant electric shocks in my apartment, no matter what surface I touch (including other humans.) This is really annoying and doesn't happen in other locations. Is there anything I can do to prevent these shocks? [more inside]
90% of times I go to the pool I experience something akin to a panic attack/shock. What is going on? [more inside]
What is this song/artist (10 second clip)? Bassy, slightly funky. Its the theme tune to an irish radio arts programme called Culture Shock.
How can I avoid getting static shocked 40 times a day this winter? [more inside]
What are some good centring/calming exercises for a massage therapist? I've had a huge shock and need to get myself together before Tuesday. [more inside]
What can I use to create a startling, loud, sharp noise? [more inside]
Security alarm: I'm looking for a portable, battery operated house/office alarm system which can watch the only entrance of a flat. It's a concrete building and the front door is the only way in, unless somebody scales a balcony which would definitely be noticed. This should function much like a car alarm, with a remote key fob to arm and disarm, motion sensor and a opening sensor on the door, and make a very loud noise if it's disturbed. [more inside]
Why am i getting a weird Pins and Needles feeling instead of an adrenaline rush? [more inside]
When my living room lights are off, touching the screws on the faceplate for the electrical switch gives me a tiny little frisson of electricity. When my living room lights are on, I get a fairly painful shock from touching the screws on the faceplate. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
How can I ground a large roll of plastic wrap to prevent static electric shocks when unrolling it? [more inside]
Our dog just had an anaphylactic shock reaction to vaccination. Should we cancel our travel plans? [more inside]
I've often considered running for public office in the United States when I get older - I am currently a male in my 20s. However, I belong to a few dating sites and have, on occasion, engaged in sexually explicit chat with more than a few random people online, and met some in real life for "casual encounters". Nothing too weird or kinky, always consensual, nobody underage (except when I was underage as well). What are the odds that this history of mine will be uncovered, and is there anything I can do to protect myself?
How can I get over a promiscuous event in my girlfriend's past involving someone I dislike? [more inside]
Why have my upper front teeth become sensitive to shock and rapid movement, and should I be worried? If so, what can I do about it? [more inside]
After Lewis Hamilton crashed in yesterday's qualifying session for the European Grand Prix, he was carried into an ambulance with a neck brace and oxygen mask on, and attached to a clear drip bag. But it has since been announced that he is uninjured. So why would you give a drip to someone who has managed to keep his full complement of blood in the right places? [more inside]
Bad wiring or defective PC power supply: Why am I getting shocked? [more inside]
A friend of mine is having a very hard time dealing with the aftermath of a recent traumatic event that remains prominently in the forefront of the local news. [more inside]
I have a nephew who will be attending Harvard this fall. Any advice for one who was raised on a farm in a small farm town to ease transition. [more inside]
Culture shock, loneliness or a whole new adventure? I am considering a move from Central New Jersey to Thousand Oaks , California for a great job opportunity. I am a divorced 46 year old female. My mother and one brother live within 2 hours of the new location. My boyfriend and I broke up 2 months ago, I have lived in NJ for decades, I have long time friends here, prefer intellectual versus athletic pursuits, like witty sarcasm, and worry that it is difficult to make friends at this age/stage. Wondering if that is a deal breaker (I am quite shy). Any advice, thoughts on the culture out there?
I was typing on my laptop and my husband touched my face. His hand gave me a shock, and then my computer restarted itself. [more inside]
What is causing this tingling in my body? [more inside]
My wife and I recently rented a house in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. When renting I saw that all of the outlets were 3 prong outlets and that there was a breaker box and not a fuse box, so I assumed it was all wired correctly. Now that we've moved in, I've found that 6 of the 10 outlets are coming up as "open ground" when using a grounding tester. [more inside]
My gear is giving me electric shocks, and I don't know what to do. [more inside] [more inside]
Carpets in new home are producing tremendous amounts of static and lots of sparks. What are good solutions to reduce the static to protect computers and other electronic equipment? Ideally, the solution would reduce the static across the entire house, as trying to protect each piece of equipment with an anti-static mat or some such would quickly become cost prohibitive.