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Official Darwin Award Nominees [Pic]

Hits: 16121 | Rating: (3.1) | Category: Weird | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Female, 18-29, Western US
 475 Posts
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:15:07 PM
Old as the internet.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 150 Posts
Monday, June 04, 2012 5:08:48 AM
@Selous: Since you have a resistance, the amps depend on the volts. More volts, more amps. But 50 mA are enough for certain death, so don't worry.

@drips: The protection in an outlet strip does only protect devices plugged in. The strip itself still has power to kill.

@Kaagan: A surge protector will prevent the grill from over-current, it will not prevent the guys from taking 220 V.

Here in Germany, new electric installations must have a FI-Fuse (maybe other name in English) which would react to the current not returning on the designated wire (e.g. on the ground wire or directly into the bathtub).

Without this kind of fuse, the grill may even happily heat the water and some dead bodies. This would work as long as you have less than 16 A total current.

Male, 30-39, Canada
 1710 Posts
Sunday, June 03, 2012 8:27:26 AM

Male, 18-29, Europe
 109 Posts
Sunday, June 03, 2012 6:38:10 AM
Mickets, that is the same pool, same exact location and same dudes, it must be another image of a different attempt.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 643 Posts
Sunday, June 03, 2012 4:31:18 AM
Submerged, it would just spark and short out. The death toll would be in the zeros.

Male, 13-17, Canada
 72 Posts
Sunday, June 03, 2012 1:56:28 AM
I saw this on IAB like 3 years ago -_-

Male, 30-39, S. America
 228 Posts
Sunday, June 03, 2012 1:05:17 AM
No, no, no... They are actually copying an old picture (2008) of some fellows doing the same thing:


(or search Google images for poolidiots.jpg - first result)

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 5245 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 11:58:29 PM
this picture was painful to look at... just knowing what could happen >_<

Male, 30-39, Australia
 1205 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 10:45:28 PM
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
306 Posts Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:30:22 PM
European household voltage is double US voltage. These guys didn't think this through.

volts dont kill, amps kill, americans use double the amps ... but when you are using mains power and doing this, pretty much a moot point

Male, 30-39, Europe
 352 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 10:30:56 PM
Judging from the building and lamppost....and their paleness....I would say they are danish.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 10:27:38 PM
You nominate unorthodox, idiocy-caused death stories for the awards, and the truly idiotic are the ones that actually win.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 20 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 9:02:29 PM
DrProfessor, as long as they are alive and do not have kids they have a chance to win, and even if they have kids they can get an honorable mention.

Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1459 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:51:30 PM
DrProfessor, but I really, really, really want them to win.

Male, 50-59, Midwest US
 451 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:30:23 PM
European household voltage is double US voltage. These guys didn't think this through.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 7:48:07 PM
@kitteh--you can't nominate someone for something they can't win..

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 897 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 6:14:17 PM
I'm with Kaagan. That 6 outlet strip almost certainly has a safety device. Ever notice the little button that says 'reset'? So if it got wet and shorted out it would happen at the outlets on the strip and the safety would trip. At most you'd get a very brief shock. And depending on how fast the mechanism trips, and in that volume of water with standard mains voltage you might not feel anything at all. Also consider that the power to the strip originates from a source that would be protected by circuit breakers or fuses. Wouldn't try it myself though.

Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3687 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 5:37:23 PM
Might not kill them but they may get some roasted nuts!

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 935 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 5:25:05 PM

Only pure water is an insulator. Most tap water has enough calcium and magnesium salts in it to conduct electricity.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 3400 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 5:24:30 PM
'zhey are germans!'

German humor.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 811 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 5:05:29 PM
actually this looks to be another pic of the exact same people/situation

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 678 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 4:56:59 PM
no Kaagan, most things arent protected from bathroom-mishaps, thats why bathroom outlets are different from the rest in your house. ever noticed that? guess not.. Also, these guys earn special recognition for probably having had gotten the idea from a REALLY old pic on the net and yet they somehow still felt it was a good idea

Male, 18-29, Canada
 247 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 4:37:16 PM
Water is a bad conductor of electricity. There is also no electrical grounding anywhere in that pool so even if there were enough contaminants in the water to carry a significant current, it would still be flowing through the circuitry of the appliances to reach the ground.

Not to say what they're doing isn't dangerously stupid. It probably just wouldn't kill them.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 300 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 4:36:00 PM
Stupid, but not actually Americans. It looks like a 220V outlet.

Also, older than the internet.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 638 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 4:28:12 PM
zhey are germans!

Male, 18-29, Europe
 5426 Posts
Saturday, June 02, 2012 4:27:38 PM
Sounded like a good idea at the time...

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