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Old 08-28-2014, 11:23 PM
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Continuing this 2009/2013/2014 thread.
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If I had Vicory's problem, I would apply for the Randi $1,000,000. It would take some time. And I'm not sure he could come to an agreement with the foundation. But there's a big monetary upside and it would be a fun project regardless.
I'm not so sure anymore, since I don't think the protocol could be set up. It would be hard to place somebody under continuous observation for 3 months for example.

I located a 2005 thread on the subject at the Randi forum. This report was particularly interesting. The watchbreaker believed that most people unconsciously protect their watch in some way from shocks and the like. Those that don't end up buying cheaper watches, then breaking them even faster: it's a downward spiral.
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:57 AM
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I think it has something to do with, not a magnetic field, but a electromagnetic field.
Then you don't know anything useful about electromagnetism, you're just picking words out of a hat.

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I've got another weird issue to throw into the mix too which I believe has to do with static electricity. There are times when I touch my car door to close it that I receive a shock of electricity. Many times I see the zap of electricity go from me to the door. It doesn't happen all the time. I think it's usually during the fall and winter. I don't understand why this happens but when it does start happening, I try to remember to use my sleeve to shut the door instead of my hand.
Yes. That's static electricity. Considering it weird is a bit odd, as it's a very well understood phenomenon. If it happens during fall and winter that's most likely because that's when you wear coats or jackets that generate static electricity when rubbing against the upholstery in your car.

It happens for the same reason that you can build up a charge by rubbing your shoes on a carpet, a balloon on your head or cloth on a plastic rod.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:53 AM
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Yes. That's static electricity. Considering it weird is a bit odd, as it's a very well understood phenomenon. If it happens during fall and winter that's most likely because that's when you wear coats or jackets that generate static electricity when rubbing against the upholstery in your car.
And the air is often drier when it is cold - which means the static-producing materials are drier and create charge more effectively.

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I have had this problem for decades. I took a very fine, brand new watch back to the jeweler to find out why it quit working after 2 months and I was told the battery wasn't really dead but actually overcharged. What the hey?
This doesn't sound like the sort of thing a high street jeweller would be equipped to determine.

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Old 08-29-2014, 05:37 AM
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And the air is often drier when it is cold - which means the static-producing materials are drier and create charge more effectively.
I thought it was more about dry materials and dry air being worse at conducting the created charge back out of the body (or item).
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:36 AM
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Why do birds suddenly appear, ev'ry time you are near?

Confirmation bias.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:36 AM
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I'm sad to say that I don't have the patience to read every post in this article to check if this has been discussed before, but I've heard stories / seen pictures of rare people who can apparently conduct electricity with their bodies- they can hold a live wire in one hand and a light bulb in the other and the light bulb will turn on with no apparent damage to them personally. Another man allegedly cooked a fish he was holding via electrical current.

I'm not suggesting that everyone has this ability, but is it possible that if certain people had a similar, but much weaker property, a battery might actually drain slowly into the ground as they wear it? I'm not sure what sort of protection or insulation surrounds the battery and I don't know what the resistance of the circuit is or whether the energy would find a better path of least resistance, so I don't expect this to be the answer, but I thought I should bring it up.

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Old 08-29-2014, 01:18 PM
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I'm sad to say that I don't have the patience to read every post in this article to check if this has been discussed before, but I've heard stories / seen pictures of rare people who can apparently conduct electricity with their bodies- they can hold a live wire in one hand and a light bulb in the other and the light bulb will turn on with no apparent damage to them personally. Another man allegedly cooked a fish he was holding via electrical current.

I'm not suggesting that everyone has this ability, but is it possible that if certain people had a similar, but much weaker property, a battery might actually drain slowly into the ground as they wear it? I'm not sure what sort of protection or insulation surrounds the battery and I don't know what the resistance of the circuit is or whether the energy would find a better path of least resistance, so I don't expect this to be the answer, but I thought I should bring it up.
What you've heard stories about and seen pictures of are tricks. People in general conduct electricity, though, so some of those tricks are just using the ordinary properties of the body to do something the audience doesn't expect to be possible. Other tricks are just plain old trickery and cheating.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:21 PM
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I thought it was more about dry materials and dry air being worse at conducting the created charge back out of the body (or item).
Yes, I think that's the mechanism of it.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:22 PM
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Why do birds suddenly appear, ev'ry time you are near?

Confirmation bias.
I want that on a T shirt.
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