August 6, 2007

Dr. Accidental Electrocution

Speaking of Tesla coils, this guy, a physics PhD, has followed a different career path than most. Dr. Megavolt appears to put his life in hilarious, ridiculous danger by standing next to enormous coils that he his special insulating Faraday cage suit. The suit kind of reminds me of Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze, but I am betting that Dr. Megavolt makes better puns (no "Ice to meet you!"). Not many people trained as physicists ever end up performing at Burning Man or make a living standing around as the grounded end of a current arc. Although it is safe of course, you've got to love the trust this fellow has in Mr. Faraday, who was a well-known coward when it came to showy high-voltage demonstrations.

[Also check out this video of a transformer exploding, even though it has nothing to do with anything.]