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Posted: 7/22/2008 5:58:01 AM EDT
750 volts straight up the wiener!

Polish tourist killed by urinating on 750-volt electric railway line
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 10:04 AM on 22nd July 2008

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Electrocuted: A 41-year-old man died after being hit with 750 volts at Vauxhall Station

A tourist who relieved himself over a live railway line at a south London station was electrocuted.

The Polish man died when an electric current connected with urine which had splashed on to the 750-volt line.

It is thought the married 41-year-old teacher was on a trip to London to improve his English.

Workers found his body slumped over a track at Vauxhall station after he was seen by staff at the station.

They had earlier spotted him on CCTV screens walking into a recess area but failing to reappear.

Rail workers fear the victim may not have known that some tracks in Britain are electrified.

It took police a week to identify the victim after the tragedy, which happened at around 5pm.
A source said: 'Perhaps because he was from Poland he had no idea the rail was electrified. His family back home is heartbroken.'

The station has no toilets, but there are public toilets nearby.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1037177/Polish-tourist-killed-urinating-750-volt-electric-railway-line.html
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:01:41 AM EDT
ouch!
lectronutz!
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:04:32 AM EDT
There is a good joke in here somewhere.

How many Pol... aw never mind
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:06:20 AM EDT
But But But But... the Mythbuster's said it was IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:07:33 AM EDT

Damn! Ouch! Shazam!
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:08:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:08:09 AM EDT
his piss didn't have a high enough dielectric rating. Sucks to be him for sure. Wonder if it blew his balls off. When the tree rats get in the primary it always blows their balls off.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:08:34 AM EDT
he failed basic electronic class.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:11:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 6:12:20 AM EDT by MTUSA]
Could piss act as an electrolyte ?
Low PH correct?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:11:44 AM EDT
shocking
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:13:03 AM EDT
I find this hard to believe.

Whizzing on a line carrying current is not enough. You need a path for the current to enter and leave the body to make a circuit. The urine would have to connect with the hot line, then some other body part HAS to make good contact with the return line. If the circuit is not completed, no current will flow.

Stories like this make for good headlines, but I'm sure there there is some other root cause.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:15:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 6:17:27 AM EDT by ProCCW]
Shocking, just shocking.

Weinerschnitzel?
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:17:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CnA:
I find this hard to believe..



The deceased Pole doesn't…
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:21:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By keving67:
But But But But... the Mythbuster's said it was IMPOSSIBLE!!!



OH HELL!!! I forgot about that episode................guess they were wrong??


Regardless of how the Pole actually died....Id not want to test that theory out.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:22:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By keving67:
But But But But... the Mythbuster's said it was IMPOSSIBLE!!!
yup
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:26:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MTUSA:
Could piss act as an electrolyte ?
Low PH correct?


It has a high amount of dissolved solids. Very conductive.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:27:02 AM EDT


Stosh probably got plastered/ pissed, then fell over while pissing onto the 3rd rail, making contact, THEN frying his sorry ass.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:27:13 AM EDT
Title should read:

"Pole dies of misused pole- poll incoming"
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:37:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MTUSA:
Could piss act as an electrolyte ?
Low PH correct?


Yes, not the low pH so much (that would be a function of hydronium activity); however, there are enough electrolytes (any charged substance) to make it a decent conductor (calcium, chloride, potassium, sodium, etc).
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:38:13 AM EDT
Third rail issue
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:43:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:40:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 95thFoot:


Stosh probably got plastered/ pissed, then fell over while pissing onto the 3rd rail, making contact, THEN frying his sorry ass.


This is what most likely happened. Who knows if he was drunk. Maybe he just really, really had to pee and fell. The people who responded just assumed his peeing caused the electrocution without knowing anything about the conditions needed to electrocute someone.

Just look at the guys who work on powered high tension electrical transmission lines. They are in direct contact with high voltage and current, but nothing happens because no return or ground path is provided.

But then, journalists reporting on a story are never wrong.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:41:44 AM EDT
These things happen.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:44:42 AM EDT
what a way to go
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 10:54:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CnA:
I find this hard to believe.

Whizzing on a line carrying current is not enough. You need a path for the current to enter and leave the body to make a circuit. The urine would have to connect with the hot line, then some other body part HAS to make good contact with the return line. If the circuit is not completed, no current will flow.

Stories like this make for good headlines, but I'm sure there there is some other root cause.


This is exactly the conclusion that the Mythbusters guys came to.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 11:00:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MTUSA:
There is a are numerous good jokes all over the place in here. somewhere


Fixed.

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