Contributor BLT posted this elsewhere, and it’s worth the laugh.
PSA from BLT about the dangers of dry, cold weather and static electricity:
“So it’s been damned cold here for weeks. The furnace is running more often than not. I’m making generous use of my new warm house-shoes.
I discovered they’re pretty good electrical insulators as well.
The furnace and the cold weather is keeping things rather dry. I went to the restroom to take care of “all my business”
The act of pulling down my sweatpants and undies builds up quite a nice charge. I can tell because all the hairs on my leg are standing straight out. I sit on the toilet seat. I begin to urinate. The moment the stream makes contact with the toilet water, all the static electricity in me discharges through my…junk.
There is a loud “CRACK” that echoes forth from INSIDE THE BOWL.
All the hairs on my leg immediately fall back down into place.
I did not scream. The human body just isn’t prepared to scream in such a situation. I just sat their in mild horror after experiencing one of the the most unique sensations of my entire life.
And for the rest of my years on this earth, I will ALWAYS kick off my house shoes and touch my finger to the mounting hardware on the light switch before taking care of “all my business.”
I still laugh about this.