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155041.  Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:41 am Reply with quote

Gray wrote:
Hmmm. As that page kind of says, just because there are lots of different definitions (for different contexts in which the word is used) that hardly means that 'electricity doesn't exist'.

Yeah, I was going to moan about that, but I didn't want to appear too bolshy :)

He draws a comparison with Mrs McCave naming all her 23 sons "Dave". Saying 'electricity doesn't exist' is a bit like saying 'Dave doesn't exist' just because you're not sure which one you're talking about. Bit of a leap.

155609.  Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:07 am Reply with quote

Let's not forget James Graham's electrical bed, guaranteed to cure infertility, one feature of which was the young Emma Hamilton:

A variety of delights awaited those willing to pay the two-guinea fee to enter the Temple of Health. They could wander through ornately furnished rooms, breathe in the perfumed air, listen to music or hear Graham delivering lectures on health, buy medicines, inspect the 'medico-electrical apparatus,' or watch scantily-clad young women pose among the statues. One of the young women Graham employed was Emma Lyon, who in later years would marry Sir William Hamilton and become Lord Horatio Nelson's lover.

The centerpiece of the Temple of Health was the 'Celestial Bed,' which was reserved for those able to afford the fee of 50 a night. Graham advertised that anyone who rented the bed for the night would be "blessed with progeny." Sterility or impotence would be cured.

The bed was twelve feet long by nine wide and could be tilted so that it lay at various angles. The mattress was filled with "sweet new wheat or oat straw, mingled with balm, rose leaves, and lavender flowers," as well as hair from the tails of fine English stallions.

As lovers lay in the bed, listening to the soft music playing and breathing in the fragrant air, they could stare up into the large mirror suspended above them on the ceiling. Behind them, electricity crackled across the headboard of the bed, filling the air with a magnetic fluid "calculated to give the necessary degree of strength and exertion to the nerves." The phrase "Be fruitful. Multiply and Replenish the Earth" was inscribed on the headboard.

156165.  Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:35 am Reply with quote

Here's that info on diatoms being used as templates for innovatively-structures electronic components. Interesting that they could breed them to 'artificially select' the shapes they want, much as we've done with dogs and pigeons.

171512.  Wed May 02, 2007 8:14 am Reply with quote

Roy Cleveland Sullivan (1912-83) was the park ranger who was struck seven times during 36 years service in the Shenendoah National Park. In 1942 he lost a big toenail to lightning. Then things went ominously quiet for 27 years, till all hell broke loose: his eyebrows were blown off in July 1969. His left shoulder was seared in July 1970, and his hair set on fire on 16th April 1972. On 7th August 1973 he was out driving when "a bolt came out of a small, low-lying cloud, hit him on the head through his hat, set his hair on fire again, knocked him 10ft out of his car, went through both legs and knocked his left shoe off." His ankle was injured by a strike on 5th June 1976 and he was hospitalised with chest and stomach burns on 25th June 1977 after being struck while out fishing. In 1983 he shot himself.
(Fortean Times 214 p4)


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