Pencil Incinerated with Electricity

Pencil Fire from Robb Godshaw on Vimeo.

120 AC Volts are run through a pencil. A Rheostat is used to regulate voltage.
The pencil Does not survive

Contributors: James Paulius

Shot on an Olympus E-P1 with Panasonic 20mm f1.7 
<p>I just found this LOL. In the late 80's my friend and I ran a electronic repair shop with about 4 people. We would wait for someone to go into the bathroom, string together heavy test leads, have a pre-sharpened a pencil at both ends, and slid this under the door. We had a huge rack-mounted &quot;power supply of doom&quot;. This thing could pump out many amps current limited. The pencil ignited and filled the bathroom with smoke. Was a hilarious prank that happened all the time. Made use almost afraid to go in there. Another prank: when repairing an older crt televisions, make a loud clap behind the person doing the repair. You never get used to the sound. Just like that of an exploding capacitor.</p>
<p>Thank you for the inspiration... </p><p>Buahahaha......[evilly rubbing hands]......</p><p>The Serial Arsonist</p>
omg awesome
there is a bug in the background. you should burn it.

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