Posts Tagged ‘static electricity’

Static. Cat Static. Inescapable Cat Static.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

[Found here.]

Stephen Gray’s Contribution To The World

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Magnetic Boy

Stephen Gray was pursuing a long series of experiments with electricity. In producing charge on a long glass tube, he discovered in 1729 that he could communicate the electrical effect to other objects by direct connection. Using string, he could charge an object over 50 feet from the rubbed tube, but oddly enough some other substances, such as silk thread, would not carry charge. Brass wire would transmit charge even better. These experiments with charged strings and glass tubes revealed the properties of conduction, insulation, and transmission.

The depiction above shows one of Gray’s most famous experiments, in which he showed that a boy suspended by (insulating) silk cords could be charged (with the glass tube) and then as a (conducting) body could (electrostatically) attract small objects. Dramatic experiments such as these became quite well-known. Finally, after Newton’s death in 1732, Gray was admitted as a member of the Royal Society in recognition of his efforts, but he died destitute a few years later in 1736. [via]

[Image found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Static Electricity Safety, Slide Trombone, Dancing Hard & The Superbs

Saturday, 12 January 2013

I like how it makes him go ” beep.” [via]

New York Philharmonic second trombonist David Finlayson plays a tune from the slide’s perspective. [via]

PLACE: LAX Airport, Los Angeles CA.
SONG: THE BLACK ANGELS- Telephone
GIRL: Angela Trimbur

The Superbs (featuring Eleanor ‘Punkin’ Green) lip-synching Bobby Troupe‘s “Baby Baby All The Time” on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand 1964.

And there you go for another edition of The Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend, and we promise you lots more stuff.

i haz a static

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Here is an illustration of the inspiration for Chester Carlson’s world famous invention. Guess what it was before you Google him. Seriously.

[Found here.]


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