I started reading Dave Barry on (of all places) Usenet in college. I have a
few of his books. One of my favorites quotes:
"Here is a simple experiment that will teach you an important electrical
lesson: On a cool, dry day, scuff your feet along a carpet, then reach your
hand into a friend's mouth and touch one of his dental fillings. Did you
notice how your friend twitched violently and cried out in pain? This
teaches us that electricity can be a very powerful force, but we must never
use it to hurt others unless we need to learn an important electrical
It also teaches us how an electrical circuit works. When you scuffed your
feet, you picked up batches of "electrons," which are very small objects
that carpet manufacturers weave into carpets so they will attract dirt. The
electrons travel through your bloodstream and collect in your finger, where
they form a spark that leaps to your friend's filling, then travels down to
his feet and back into the carpet, thus completing the circuit.
Amazing Electronic Fact: If you scuffed your feet long enough without
touching anything, you would build up so many electrons that your finger
would explode! But this is nothing to worry about unless you have
Don't forget that Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished
Commentary in 1988.
I used to look forward to his columns.
"Big Trouble" was a very funny movie based on his work.
Besides his many books and newspaper columns, Dave Barry also had a TV
show featuring himself, "Dave's World". Dave was played by Harry Anderson.
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