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Mythbusters "Peeing On 3rd Rail" Busted 17

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-you-have-to-go dept.
n0tWorthy writes "The Mythbusters tested the myth that you could be electrocuted by peeing on the 3rd rail. The myth was 'busted' as the stream would be broken up due to distance and there wouldn't be a continuous path for the electrical current to follow. This seems to be refuted by a Monsanto, Washington man that was found electrocuted after urinating into a ditch that had a downed power line."

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Mythbusters "Peeing On 3rd Rail" Busted

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  • Third rail != power line

  • But it has nothing to do with electrocution.

  • the stream would be broken up due to distance and there wouldn't be a continuous path for the electrical current to follow.

    Depends on how many beers you had.

  • This news is positively electrifying!
  • I say we create a Wiki entry that lists out things we can and cannot pee on.
  • Would it feel like a really good orgasm?

    You know what I am talking about: The kind that makes your toes twitch.

  • The human urethra imparts a spiral/twist to the urine stream to make it, well, stream instead of dribbling. MythBusters failed to recognize/account for this in the original tests. (Actually, they fail in fundamental things like this rather often.)

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