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ant
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Posted on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 06:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello all,

I'm having a discussion elsewhere; the gentleman thinks that Franklin's kite was earthed, possibly because the key was obviously held in place by a cord of some sort to a tether.

I'd always assumed that the kite wasn't earthed...

Obviously Franklin was extremely lucky, earth or not, but does anyone know any more?

Regards Ant
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Posted on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 07:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_experiment
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kolbep
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Posted on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 07:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.juliantrubin.com/bigten/franklinkite.html
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Posted on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

AFAIK, all Franklin did was to hang a key on his kite line. In a thunderstorm. We now know this to be inadvisable, but then, drink driving is inadvisable, yet people do it all the time.
Franklin survived the experience, but it seemed like such terrific fun that others tried it as well. If I remember right, some of them were killed. None of the fatalities ever tried it again.

HTH
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Posted on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 09:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank god for the Franklins of this world. Where would we be without these enquiring minds
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Posted on Saturday, 18 February, 2012 - 11:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

AFAIK, all Franklin did was to hang a key on his kite line. In a thunderstorm. We now know this to be inadvisable, but then, drink driving is inadvisable, yet people do it all the time.
Franklin survived the experience, but it seemed like such terrific fun that others tried it as well. If I remember right, some of them were killed. None of the fatalities ever tried it again. HTH
bruce


Sometimes is hard to tell between knowledge and sheer luck.

Provided that, you have varied chances to appear in the annals of History of Science or just here

http://www.darwinawards.com/

For the uninformed, the difference would be minimal if at all.
Agustín Tomás - Buenos Aires - Argentina
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ant
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Posted on Saturday, 18 February, 2012 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello all,

It's been very enlightening, pun not initially intended, and I've pointed out to my correspondent that sometimes - especially in the early days - we needed some people prepared to indulge in ignorant experiments. Look at the Curies, 80 years later their notebooks were still too hot to handle!

Regards Ant

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