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Why have I suddenly started getting electric shocks from my cars?

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]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Apr 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me prank my PI

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]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Let's creep again like we did last summer / let's creep again like we did last year

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]
posted by item on Oct 24, 2012 - 26 answers

How bad is amputation?

How likely is it that someone who has just amputated the end of their pinky finger will go into "shock?" [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Sep 25, 2012 - 49 answers

Not Shocking

Has anyone had a fatal electric shock while working on a computer? Is there any data?
posted by parallax7d on Oct 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Can I ignore electric shock pain?

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]
posted by defben on May 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Whence came this short, sharp shock?

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]
posted by Knicke on Mar 26, 2011 - 6 answers

looking for tiny earthing car accessory

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]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jan 25, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I prevent getting electric shocks constantly in my apartment?

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]
posted by melodykramer on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Why does swimming make my body freak out?

90% of times I go to the pool I experience something akin to a panic attack/shock. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by vlsd on Dec 9, 2010 - 20 answers

What is this funky, radio theme?

What is this song/artist (10 second clip)? Bassy, slightly funky. Its the theme tune to an irish radio arts programme called Culture Shock.
posted by kenaman on Mar 1, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm so shocking!

How can I avoid getting static shocked 40 times a day this winter? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Jan 8, 2010 - 13 answers

How to calm oneself after a severe emotional shock

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]
posted by flutable on Oct 24, 2009 - 7 answers

A bang for a buck

What can I use to create a startling, loud, sharp noise? [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Jul 25, 2009 - 37 answers

Car alarm for my flat?

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]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Pins and Needles instead of the rush

Why am i getting a weird Pins and Needles feeling instead of an adrenaline rush? [more inside]
posted by AzzaMcKazza on Apr 8, 2009 - 5 answers

How soon is my house going to burn down?

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]
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 9, 2008 - 23 answers

How to prevent plastic roll static shocks?

How can I ground a large roll of plastic wrap to prevent static electric shocks when unrolling it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Sep 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Our dog just had an anaphylactic shock reaction to vaccination. Should we cancel our travel plans?

Our dog just had an anaphylactic shock reaction to vaccination. Should we cancel our travel plans? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Jun 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Past Protection in Politics?

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?
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2007 - 23 answers

How can I get over a promiscuous event in my girlfriend's past involving someone I dislike?

How can I get over a promiscuous event in my girlfriend's past involving someone I dislike? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2007 - 48 answers

Are my teeth going to fall out?

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]
posted by benign on Aug 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Best after-crash care in the world?

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]
posted by Idcoytco on Jul 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Bad wiring or defective PC power supply: Why am I getting shocked?

Bad wiring or defective PC power supply: Why am I getting shocked? [more inside]
posted by frieze on Jul 12, 2007 - 14 answers

NYC area counciling for traumatic events

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]
posted by stagewhisper on Mar 19, 2007 - 5 answers

Any advice for a first-year Harvard man

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]
posted by goalyeehah on Aug 11, 2006 - 35 answers

Can a 46 year old female survive a move to the left coast?

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?
posted by artemis on May 29, 2006 - 23 answers

Electric Shock Made My Computer Restart

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]
posted by JuliaKM on Feb 7, 2006 - 9 answers

What is causing this tingling in my body?

What is causing this tingling in my body? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Aug 15, 2005 - 14 answers

Renting at a place where 3-prong outlets not grounded properly

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]
posted by freshgroundpepper on Jul 4, 2005 - 13 answers

How can I ground my computer and audio setup?

My gear is giving me electric shocks, and I don't know what to do. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by fuzz on Sep 10, 2004 - 16 answers

How do I reduce static electricity in my house?

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.
posted by rushmc on Jan 31, 2004 - 10 answers

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