Professional Electrical Contractors for Retail, Commercial & Industrial Clients, 17th Edition Certified Electricians
We think electricity is amazing, especially when we learned some of the interesting and illuminating facts [‘scuse the pun] related to it. Since 1882, when inventor Thomas Edison flicked the ‘on’ switch at the world’s first power station in Manhattan, New York, the world has been fascinated and reliant on electricity. Most of us have it in our homes in some form, and feel we could not do without it, although we appreciate it’s wise to have a healthy respect for it’s clout, in order to remain safe and free from injury. This power source that we all take for granted and only notice when it becomes absent, is the subject of a number of facts which will either cause the jaw to drop or the eyebrows to raise.
1. Electric Fish
Since 2750BC in Egypt people have reportedly received shocks from electric fish, and scientists have been stunned [another pun!] to discover that over time the fish in question have succeeded in converting a muscle into an electric organ. Medics in ancient Rome recommended curing gout or headaches by touching electric fish. [we don’t!]
2. Shocking Eels
An electric eel is really a type of knifefish, which can deliver shocks of up to 600 volts. Ouch
3. Amber Friction
Thales of Miletus, a Greek philosopher living in 600BC, is said to have experimented on electricity by rubbing pieces of natural amber. In fact the word ‘elektron’ meaning amber, was first written down to describe the concept in 1646.
4. First Street Lamps
Mosley Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne was the first lucky street in the world, to be lit by electric light bulbs in 1879.
5. C-hair Raising Truth
The formidable electric chair was invented by Edison, although it’s purpose was not as an instrument of execution, but to demonstrate the danger of alternating current.
6. Sustainable Country
The only country to receive it’s entire electricity supply from sustainable sources is Iceland.
Hope you enjoyed this blog full of ‘current’ facts, and we hope it wasn’t too ‘short’ for you? If you need your electrics sorting out head over to the Bardo Electrical Ltd website, where you will find a whole range of services.