Thursday and Friday of this week are the staff and faculty equivalent of spring break here at Texas A&M. I’m going to be spending them on the road, visiting family and friends. As such Built on Facts is going to be on break for a few days. We’ll be back Monday – possibly sooner.
Until then, here’s a video of a Tesla coil tuned to play the Imperial March while zapping somebody (safely clad in electricity-diverting chain mail). Enjoy, and I’ll see you back here soon!
Oh, let me point something else out. The guy is standing on a box. The sparks flow down his body and over the box with no problem. It’s commonly thought that being in a car keeps you safe from lightning because of the rubber tires insulating you from the ground. In fact they don’t. Lightning has more than enough voltage to jump the gap between the hubcaps and the ground. The car keeps you safe because the metal body of the car short-circuits the current around you, inside the car. The tires don’t have anything to do with it.