Yes, but you forget that you daily stood on the precipice of disaster, calmly, cooly, and carelessly snatching a Hawaiian shirt from the jaws of a closet that was in unstable equilibrium and would one night release a tsunami of like 300 shirts. Of course without that kind of danger be darned Alfred E. Neumanistic attitude, we probably would never have sent a spaceship to the moon.
Yeah, I watched the whole thing after work before leaving for the day. Most of the time I was screaming in my mind, "YOU DUMB SH**!" It's like watching an episode of Maury, which documents a similar segment of society. If The Aliens watch YouTube or Maury Povich before we sane ones get to make our case then we're all doomed; they'll sterilize the entire planet, re-seed it, and start over.
I do believe there must be intelligent life on other planets; there sure isn't much here!
RE: Second video: Don't those young guys know enough to wear a cup, especially since they've probably seen similar videos before? However. if they up removing their own genes from the gene pool, their self-imposed Eugenics will be good for the human race in general in the long run.
RE: Static Testing:
Some time before the spring of 1980 our agency was having problems with static discharge sending terminals and printers for a loop in our District Offices. We wanted to buy static mats that took the static potential down to zero when one walked across them. One salesman protested our procurement, saying that his static mats would work even though the didn't take the voltage down to zero.
One of my co-workers contacted the (then) National Bureau of Standards (now NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology) to borrow some equipment to perform static testing. They loaned us a very high voltage static electricity generator connected to a carbon rod that was about a foot or more long and two or three inches in diameter (i. e., a big honkin' resistor), an electrostatic voltmeter (similar to an electrometer), and an insulated pedestal to stand on. We'd set the voltage level on the generator and charge ourselves up through the carbon rod, touch the voltmeter to check the level, then discharge ourselves into the equipment and watch it's reaction (like the printer printing strange characters). Then we'd recharge and walk across samples of the two types of mats available. Hey, just like a college physics lab experiment, including the notebook and report!
The good news is that we demonstrated the need for the mats that took static voltage down to zero. The bad news is that our having to perform all the testing gave the protesting vendor enough time to become a distributor for the mats we required. Now we know why there is a special place in Hell reserved for salesman in government procurements ...
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