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June 10, 2007 / Dan

What happens when everything goes just right

I walked out of our house after it had been raining last week and immediately recognized the noise. It was the electric fence being shorted out. I figured a branch was against it somewhere. But no, when I walked across the pasture, a bird had pooped, and it had managed to fall exactly on an insulator. I’m figuring the rain gave it just enough conductivity for the electricity to arc across it.

Though the (horribly out of focus) video can’t capture the spark every time, you can tell by the sound how often it’s arcing.

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