Spontaneous Combustion Explained: Don't Wear Wool Shirts With Nylon Jackets

from the just-saying... dept

Really not quite sure what to make of this story, which seems to have all the elements normally associated with an urban legend. GMSV points us to a Reuters piece describing a man in Australia who made the fashion faux pas of the century. He didn’t just clash… he clashed electrically speaking. According to the story, the combination of his wool shirt and synthetic nylon jacket worked up enough static electricity to scorch the world behind him, even setting his office carpet on fire. The guy didn’t realize it was his fault until after the firemen evacuated the building in search of the cause of the carpet fire, he noticed that stuff in his car was scorched as well. The firefighters claim that the combination of the shirt and jacket were tested, showing a current of 40,000 volts, “one step shy of spontaneous combustion.” Now, if only he could learn to use those powers for good, instead of evil…

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Speaking of amperage.. (user link) says:

Re: Re: Re: It's all about the current.

Short out a 1.5V AA NiCd battery with a paperclip sometime, the paperclip will glow red hot within seconds, and the battery will get pretty hot too. That’s just 1.5V but NiCd batteries can deliver an assload of current. (Warning; this is quite dangerous. Batteries can explode when abused like this. You might want to wear safety glasses and heavy gloves.)

You know that big bright arc you get when welding? There’s only about 10V between the work and the electrode, but typically 50 to 150Amps of current.

When you walk over carpet on a hot, dry day you’ll regularly build up 40KV of static charge. Touch a doorknob and it hurts, but nothing is likely to catch fire.

FittEyes (profile) says:

come on now

The lil peep jean jacket is the pinnacle of comfort and style. On the backside of the jacket is embroidered the iconic lil peep’s crybaby bird tattoo. Furthermore, the sleek contrast between two rich tones gives it an edgy appeal that is most appropriate for you. Furthermore, the denim texture enhances the deep hue and creates a pleasing overall appearance. These jackets come in a variety of sizes, ranging from XS to 4XL.

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