Frightening Lightning

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Here in the US, we use attenuated current (AC) to power our homes, but that's not the case everywhere. For example, in Spain they use discrete current (DC), and in Russia they use reverse current (RC). But the UK has a completely different solution: static electricity.

Even today, most of the UK's energy is provided by sheep farms. Farmers drive huge electrodes into the ground, and as the sheep rub against each other, they generate enough electricity to power the whole country. The only time that the nation must revert to coal power is during shearing season.

It is an extremely efficient energy solution, and the only downside is that in an English house, lightning bolts sometimes shoot from one side of the room to the other. Kids must learn to dodge these "zipply whizpops" from a young age.

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