Electricity an water do not mix

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Wendy, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Hypatia's Protege

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    o_Oo_Oo_O -- I guess there's some measure of solace to be had in the observation that 'techno-ignorance' isn't a strictly 'American thing'o_O

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  2. BR-549

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    I think many of us go thru stupid periods thru-out our lives. I think many go un-noticed....and we skate by in complete ignorance.

    And many, like this one......could have been prevented with a pair of outside eyes.
     
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  3. boatsman

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    Some things you just can't prevent. People nowadays are tied to their mobile phones as if thev are connected umbilically. They can't live without them. Two of my granddaughters have had their mobile phones taken away by their parents because of misuse. How on earth did we manage to survive 50 years ago without mobile telephones or even landline phones?
     
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  4. dl324

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    My experience is that mobile phones have made people rude.

    People who think they can talk/text on their smartphone and walk/drive at the same time are blissfully ignorant.
     
  5. Hypatia's Protege

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    But then observation by 'outside eyes' is very seldom welcome in the washroom!:eek:o_O

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  6. BR-549

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    I wonder how many selfies were taken in there? And no one noticed.
     
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  7. Kermit2

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    SMOD is beginning to appeal to me in a most disturbing way. As a species we may be long overdue for a dose of chlorine in the old gene pool.
     
  8. wayneh

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    SMOD? Surely not these guys?
     
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  9. Kermit2

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    No no. Not a band.

    Sweet
    Meteor
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    Death

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  10. cmartinez

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    :eek: .... that sounds like the name of a band too... :D
     
  11. Kermit2

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    Hard rock?

    Right?
     
  12. cmartinez

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    Or it could also be the title of one of Metallica's albums...
     
  13. Reloadron

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    19-year-old dies from electrical current in water at Put-In-Bay marina

    Just happened locally. The family dog was in the water and in distress so the father jumped in and immediately was in distress. Then his two sons jumped in and at this point other boaters were screaming to the mother to unplug the shore power. Later the shore power was checked and found to be fine (no ground or other faults) leaving only the boat. Obviously something was not OK. Put in Bay is on an isl;and off the Ohio north coast in Lake Erie a fresh water lake. They claim in fresh rather than salt water the path to ground is much larger. When things go wrong they can really go wrong.

    Ron
     
  14. A Homeschoolers Workbench

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    This was on youtube trending

    A.H.W.
     
  15. dl324

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    There was a guy walking on a beach in Southern California a few years ago on Christmas Day as I recall. He was using his phone while walking and walked off a slope and killed himself.

    It's sad that he died doing something stupid; at least he's no longer a danger to others...

    Last week, I was driving in heavy traffic on the highway and noticed that the lady in the car behind me was weaving in her lane and waving her left hand. I thought she was having a mental issue. When traffic stopped and she got closer, I could see that she was talking on her phone. That's a traffic violation in my area. Fortunately, she was paying enough attention to driving that she didn't rear end me. Until she came to a full stop, I was standing on my brake pedal to minimize any impact to the car in front of me.
     
  16. MrChips

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    It is a demonstrable fact that certain usage of modern technology alters human behaviour and brings out the worst in human personalities. The personal phone is certainly one of them. There is certain amount of freedom, power and anonymity that came with the good aspects of the following:
    • personal phone
    • CB radio (in its heydays)
    • internet forums, chat rooms, comments
    • private automobiles

    One of my biggest beefs is aggressive drivers who tailgate, cut you off, weave in and out of traffic at high speeds, and want to get ahead with total disregard of other traffic on the road.

    Would the same persons be rude enough to barge their way in a queue or stand right behind you breathing down your neck?
     
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  17. wayneh

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    Yes, some of them would. The stress of air travel brings it out in people. Some of the rudest behavior I've ever seen anywhere was in airports.

    One of the big contributing factors to rude behavior is anonymity. It's one of the great freedoms of the internet, the freedom to hide behind an anonymous facade, but it has a downside. Where I live we have one of those neighborhood group website systems. People ask for advice on local contractors, report lost pets or suspicious activities in the area, that sort of thing. People hold back on what they say - I know I do - because they know their neighbors are watching. It's incredibly dull, but very civil. The internet could use a bit more of that.
     
  18. GopherT

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    Save lives from electrocution but kill people from food poisoning - outlets in unfinished basements have to be gfci - how many freezers would be getting warm each month?
     
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