Someone making a VCR put in water when it is still on



  • This is real. Someone was testing a prototype VCR, so he decided to put it into the water while it was still on, and it exploded, and he could have electrocuted himself. But he did take the tape out first, because the tape had a label that said it wasn't waterproof. It was supposed to test the radio emission, now it is broke, of course it won't radio emission! And the prototype is very expensive now you have to buy another one! And this person had a professional engineer degree from Harvard. (People at MIT sometimes say "Hahvahd sucks" but that has nothing to do with it right now.)



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  • Mug.

    I would consider that possibly part of product testing, if not a little extreme. 



  •  OP may have brain damage.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     OP may have brain damage.


    Is OP for "Original Post"? Yes maybe I do have brain damaged. But really why he did something like that to electrocuted himself that badly? The VCR was meant to go in a bus, not underwater. If the bus goes underwater you have worse problems to worry about than the VCR exploding. Maybe he also now has brain damage now that he electrocuted himself, even if he didn't have brain damage before he electrocuted himself!



  • You can have a degree in engineering, and you can have a P.E. license. The license is not issued by a university, though. Which is it?



  •  @zzo38 said:

    @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     OP may have brain damage.


    Is OP for "Original Post"? Yes maybe I do have brain damaged. But really why he did something like that to electrocuted himself that badly? The VCR was meant to go in a bus, not underwater. If the bus goes underwater you have worse problems to worry about than the VCR exploding. Maybe he also now has brain damage now that he electrocuted himself, even if he didn't have brain damage before he electrocuted himself!

    a) your post makes no sense.

    b) it seems to be made out of thin air and has no link to anything that might indicate what actually happened.

    c) electrocution means to die by electrical shock. It would therefore be impossible to be brain dead after electrocution.

    d) your original post says: "and he could have electrocuted himself" so you aren't even getting your facts straight.

    e) destructive tests are quite common with commercial appliances.

    f) do you have brain damage?



  • @PerdidoPunk said:

    You can have a degree in engineering, and you can have a P.E. license. The license is not issued by a university, though. Which is it?

     

    The whole OP is a big WTF. Where do these people come from?



  • I will just assume the OP really wanted a mug too, and was feeling left out.

    I will make things right: Your Mug



  • If he was testing [url=http://www.splashcam.com/]something like this[/url] the test described makes perfect sense to me ... 



  • Yes, the post is a little loopy. VCR? On an above-water bus? Actually just a VCR Prototype -- because the technology is so new that a real model is unavailable?

    This reminds me of "Will it float" from the Letterman show.



  • @shadowman said:

    Yes, the post is a little loopy. VCR? On an underwater Bus? Actually just a VCR Prototype -- because the technology is so new that a real model is unavailable?

     

    A little?



  • I used to be responsible for determining if various electronic components would live up to manufacturers' claims. As such, it was part of my job to increase stress/ramp up power inputs/whatever until the thing failed. I got to smash laptop screens with wrenches to see how much of a hit they could take in an abusive construction environment, push too much power into stuff until it blew, to see how well it could handle surges, and so forth. I even got to subject stuff to pregressively more moisture to see how much liquid (eg: coffee) it could survive. Depending upon the context, it might make sense to do stupid things with certain products to see how well they'll hold up in certain environments.

    It was arguably the most fun job I've ever had.

     



  • @zzo38 said:

    This is real. Someone was testing a prototype VCR, so he decided to put it into the water while it was still on, and it exploded, and he could have electrocuted himself. But he did take the tape out first, because the tape had a label that said it wasn't waterproof. It was supposed to test the radio emission, now it is broke, of course it won't radio emission! And the prototype is very expensive now you have to buy another one! And this person had a professional engineer degree from Harvard. (People at MIT sometimes say "Hahvahd sucks" but that has nothing to do with it right now.)

    ... no quack.

     



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    I appreciate your try, but your story sounds a little far-fetched. Do you maybe have a link you could show us? Oh, and I don't think he could have suffered from brain damage. That's impossible the way electrolution works.

    The forum software is truly the Real WTF. For some reason, almost all of MPS' perfectly polite and reasoneable posts show up as some kind of trolly glibberish to me. I'm using Firefox 2. Anyone else having this problem?



  •  I am very interested in this prototype VCR.  Please email me the codes.

     

     

     

    Thank you.

     

     P.S.  Could you please send me a photo of the VCR on a wooden table.



  • At least you had a dedicated testing phase.  If this was like any of the WTFs on this sight, your engineer would have driven the "production" bus off a bridge and into the river with dozens of school children on board. 



  • @El_Heffe said:

     P.S.  Could you please send me a photo of the VCR on a wooden table.

     

    [img]http://scarytoyclown.com/thumbs/VCR1.jpg[/img] 



  • @shadowman said:

    This reminds me of "Will it float" from the Letterman show.

     

    But will it blend?

     



  • @Jonathan Holland said:

    @El_Heffe said:

     P.S.  Could you please send me a photo of the VCR on a wooden table.

     

     

    That's awesome.  A wood-grain VCR (top-loading, even!  though it probably has to be that old to be wood-grain) on a wooden table.  I'm thinking of calling this post "Mr. Holland's Opus".

     



  •  @PSWorx said:

    @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    I appreciate your try, but your story sounds a little far-fetched. Do you maybe have a link you could show us? Oh, and I don't think he could have suffered from brain damage. That's impossible the way electrolution works.

    The forum software is truly the Real WTF. For some reason, almost all of MPS' perfectly polite and reasoneable posts show up as some kind of trolly glibberish to me. I'm using Firefox 2. Anyone else having this problem?

    I snorted milk up my nose!

    Thanks a lot... 



  • @zzo38 said:

    If the bus goes underwater you have worse problems to worry about than the VCR exploding. Maybe he also now has brain damage now that he electrocuted himself, even if he didn't have brain damage before he electrocuted himself!

    That's absolutely fantastic.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     OP may have brain damage.

     

    Indeed. Heaven forbid that people without strong english skills dare read this site and post something. Those filthy foreigners, eh. Get them off our good American intertubes.

     

     



  • @Quinnum said:

    @MasterPlanSoftware said:

     OP may have brain damage.

     

    Indeed. Heaven forbid that people without strong english skills dare read this site and post something. Those filthy foreigners, eh. Get them off our good American intertubes.

     

     

    My comment has nothing to do with his broken english. Good of you to assume that though.



  • @PSWorx said:

    The forum software is truly the Real WTF. For some reason, almost all of MPS' perfectly polite and reasoneable posts show up as some kind of trolly glibberish to me. I'm using Firefox 2. Anyone else having this problem?
     

    I seem to, also. Even disabling javascript has no effect. I wonder if there is a Firefox add-on for this problem.




  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    My comment has nothing to do with his broken english. Good of you to assume that though.
     

    Thank you, I thought it was good of me too.

    Considering there was nothing else in that post of yours, and you jumped straight to calling the OP brain damaged, I think it's safe to assume you are slagging his writing skills.



  •  @Quinnum said:

    @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    My comment has nothing to do with his broken english. Good of you to assume that though.
     

    Thank you, I thought it was good of me too.

    Considering there was nothing else in that post of yours, and you jumped straight to calling the OP brain damaged, I think it's safe to assume you are slagging his writing skills.

    Well, I guess you were unable to read my list 3 posts down. Let me help you out:

    @MasterPlanSoftware said:


    a) your post makes no sense.

    b) it seems to be made out of thin air and has no link to anything that might indicate what actually happened.

    c) electrocution means to die by electrical shock. It would therefore be impossible to be brain dead after electrocution.

    d) your original post says: "and he could have electrocuted himself" so you aren't even getting your facts straight.

    e) destructive tests are quite common with commercial appliances.

    f) do you have brain damage?




  • @Quinnum said:

    @PSWorx said:

    The forum software is truly the Real WTF. For some reason, almost all of MPS' perfectly polite and reasoneable posts show up as some kind of trolly glibberish to me. I'm using Firefox 2. Anyone else having this problem?
     

    I seem to, also. Even disabling javascript has no effect. I wonder if there is a Firefox add-on for this problem.

     

    No idea, but there's a Greasemonkey script for it



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    c) electrocution means to die by electrical shock. It would therefore be impossible to be brain dead after electrocution.

    Quite interesting. I was going to pick you up on that, but it may be a regional thing. I believe and Encarta at least can back me up, that electrocution means injury or death by electric shock. In fact, electrocution can simply mean 'received an electric shock'. However, I checked Dictionary.com and it does specify that elecrocution does mean death by electric shock.

    Regardless, there are some sources that state injury or death so I don't think you can really hassle the op about part c. I do however concur with everything else you have said and am pretty sure that the op does indeed have brain damage.



  • In case the image isn't clear enough, they have an electric griddle in the middle of their pool. Plugged into a power strip. Which is floating on a pair of flip-flops.

    As I heard on AoTS today, "If you think of 'a beer' as a measurement of time, you may not be coming up with the best ideas." (As in, "after 15 beers, we came up with THIS!") 

     



  • @DaEagle said:

    Quite interesting. I was going to pick you up on that, but it may be a regional thing. I believe and Encarta at least can back me up, that electrocution means injury or death by electric shock. In fact, electrocution can simply mean 'received an electric shock'. However, I checked Dictionary.com and it does specify that elecrocution does mean death by electric shock.

     

    I hate to admit it, but i learned something new in French language. I didn't know French language had 2 words, one for electrocution, one for electric shock!



  • @R.Flowers said:

    In case the image isn't clear enough, they have an electric griddle in the middle of their pool. Plugged into a power strip. Which is floating on a pair of flip-flops.

    As I heard on AoTS today, "If you think of 'a beer' as a measurement of time, you may not be coming up with the best ideas." (As in, "after 15 beers, we came up with THIS!") 

     

     

    Aside from destroying their pool and maybe electrical system, i don't think they are risking something.  The water distance between power strip and ground is lower then the distance between power strip and their body, as such, i suppose the electricity will prefer a direct vertical travel. Of courseif the griddle falls in water ....



  • @Otterdam said:

    @Quinnum said:

    @PSWorx said:

    The forum software is truly the Real WTF. For some reason, almost all of MPS' perfectly polite and reasoneable posts show up as some kind of trolly glibberish to me. I'm using Firefox 2. Anyone else having this problem?
     

    I seem to, also. Even disabling javascript has no effect. I wonder if there is a Firefox add-on for this problem.

     

    No idea, but there's a Greasemonkey script for it

    LOL.

     Nice jackass cleanser.



  • @tchize said:

    @R.Flowers said:

    In case the image isn't clear enough, they have an electric griddle in the middle of their pool. Plugged into a power strip. Which is floating on a pair of flip-flops.

    As I heard on AoTS today, "If you think of 'a beer' as a measurement of time, you may not be coming up with the best ideas." (As in, "after 15 beers, we came up with THIS!") 

     [snip]

     

    Aside from destroying their pool and maybe electrical system, i don't think they are risking something.  The water distance between power strip and ground is lower then the distance between power strip and their body, as such, i suppose the electricity will prefer a direct vertical travel. Of courseif the griddle falls in water ....

     

    Actually, the real answer would be that if the cord is plugged into a GFCI outlet, there would be no risk of injury.



  • @tchize said:

     

    Aside from destroying their pool and maybe electrical system, i don't think they are risking something.  The water distance between power strip and ground is lower then the distance between power strip and their body, as such, i suppose the electricity will prefer a direct vertical travel. Of courseif the griddle falls in water ....

    Except that the water's not actually touching the ground.  It's an inflated pool, so all the water is surrounded by rubber.  Rubber's an insulator.



  • Technically yes, but then again the sockets have their own ground, exposed by a contact only about a centimeter from the voltage carrying ones. Shouldn't that reduce all dangers to a mere short-circuit?



  • @PSWorx said:

    Technically yes, but then again the sockets have their own ground, exposed by a contact only about a centimeter from the voltage carrying ones. Shouldn't that reduce all dangers to a mere short-circuit?

    Only if you can trust that those fools have:

    a) A properly wired outlet.

    b) Not cut the ground prong off the extension cord.

    Also, if they have a short in that water and they don't have a proper GFCI outlet powering that mess, then they are probably not going to live anyway.



  • @PSWorx said:

    The forum software is truly the Real WTF. For some reason, almost all of MPS' perfectly polite and reasoneable posts show up as some kind of trolly glibberish to me. I'm using Firefox 2. Anyone else having this problem?
     

    No. Actually, I'm having just the opposite problem. MPS's comments, particularly in this thread, make perfect sense, while yours seems to have been replaced by the post of an immature, not too intelligent troll.

    Did you forget to lock your workstation and let the gremlins in again?



  • @Otterdam said:

    No idea, but there's a Greasemonkey script for it
     

    This is wonderful.  Now let's make it configurable. 



  • @PSWorx said:

    Technically yes, but then again the sockets have their own ground, exposed by a contact only about a centimeter from the voltage carrying ones. Shouldn't that reduce all dangers to a mere short-circuit?
     

    I don't know that much about it, but the real test is,  would you be willing to get into the pool? 



  • @R.Flowers said:

    As I heard on AoTS today, "If you think of 'a beer' as a measurement of time, you may not be coming up with the best ideas." (As in, "after 15 beers, we came up with THIS!") 

     

     

    I know an old drunk that measures driving distances in beers. E.g. a drive to Washington D.C. might be "a six pack" where going to Syracuse is probably just a three beer shunt.

    Amazingly he's never killed anyone with this practice but thankfully this is a dying breed of idiot ... in his case literally. 



  • @shadowman said:

    @PSWorx said:

    Technically yes, but then again the sockets have their own ground, exposed by a contact only about a centimeter from the voltage carrying ones. Shouldn't that reduce all dangers to a mere short-circuit?
     

    I don't know that much about it, but the real test is,  would you be willing to get into the pool? 

    I've seen that Mythbusters episode, so I know that modern hair dryers and such are safe. Not sure I'd trust a griddle, though.


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