A Shocking Tale
Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
A man walks into a building and begins to wander around. After a few moments, someone hears a firecracker go off. A moment or two later, smoke can be smelled, and the fire department is called.
What caused the fire, and did the man in question have anything to do with it?
Static electricity started the fire, as this is based entirely off a REAL experience. This answer is so unbelievable, I copy and pasted the newspaper article here to try and explain how it actually came to be.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.
Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.
When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.
"It sounded almost like a firecracker," Clewer told Australian radio Friday.
"Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."
Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.
"There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building," said fire official Henry Barton.
Firefighters cut electricity to the building thinking the burns might have been caused by a power surge.
Clewer, who after leaving the building discovered he had scorched a piece of plastic on the floor of his car, returned to seek help from the firefighters.
"We tested his clothes with a static electricity field meter and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said.
"I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.
Firefighters took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the fire station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current.
David Gosden, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University, told Reuters that for a static electricity charge to ignite a carpet, conditions had to be perfect.
"Static electricity is a similar mechanism to lightning, where you have clouds rubbing together and then a spark generated by very dry air above them," said Gosden.
Sep 23, 2005
|unbelieveable! good one! |
Sep 24, 2005
|too short fo a teaser, too long of an answer. its way too informational.|
Sep 24, 2005
|WOW!!! Who knew Thanks. I'll plan my wardrobe accordingly!! |
Sep 24, 2005
|i agree with lives 2 sing.|
Sep 29, 2005
|Definately not a teaser, definately not short...but WOW, it was an interesting fact. Two thumbs up for figuring a way to share the info. Never hurts to learn something new everyday! |
Sep 30, 2005
didn't even need to see the answer, steve *grin*
Oct 02, 2005
|Amazing that this could happen.|
only in Australia, hmm?
*wink wink, sweetime*
Oct 11, 2005
|Got to know about a new good fact from your teaser Steve. |
Oct 15, 2005
|Heehee, very nice. |
Nov 02, 2005
Nov 04, 2005
|Very intriguing, hmmm.|
Dec 09, 2005
|that was very interesting. cool article!|
Dec 31, 2005
|That was an amazing story! Definitely not a teaser though. It seems like that guy wouldn't survive with all that electricity going through his clothes. |
Jan 02, 2006
|you'd think that christhegreat, and yet he did...|
Jan 15, 2006
|that's a bit freaky... but good teaser! |
Feb 26, 2006
|FREAKY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111 |
Mar 24, 2006
|Wow. Just wow.|
May 24, 2006
|I read that article...amazing things happening out there. Good teaser. |
Jun 03, 2006
I don't agree with all of the negative comments, this is for sure my favorite teaser! I loved reading this! This teaser made my day. It would also fit in the trick section. Once again WOW!
Sep 10, 2006
|WOW! I would have never belived this was possable. Very nice teaser|
Sep 22, 2006
|I had already heard about this story and I still didn't get the answer! |
The teaser could have used a bit more info. Loved the explanatory answer.
Feb 01, 2007
|This teaser would've have been better if you mentioned what the guy had been wearing.|
May 05, 2007
|Unbelievable! Excellent teaser! |
Jun 11, 2007
|That is one of the coolest teasers I've seen. Sure, the answer may have been long, but you could skim read it if you were that annoyed with it.Loved that teaser!! |
Sep 10, 2007
|while this is an awsome story, it is not really a teaser. there is little evidence in the teaser to give one the idea that that is possible.|
Sep 18, 2007
|I doubt anyone would be able to answer this correctly. nonetheless, it was a very interesting teaser. I had no idea it was possible. Great|
Mar 17, 2008
|the only problem I see is that you say "someone hears a firecracker go off" but there is no firecracker, the witness stated that "It sounded almost like a firecracker,"|
Jul 09, 2008
Mar 08, 2011
|ok, this is definitely NOT a teaser . But it is just so so so awesome!!|
im gonna make everyone i know read this!! =D
Jan 28, 2015
|Nice one, and I didn't have any problem with the length of the answer. Useful to know that this wasn't a contrived situation. Also, I realized after the fact that the title of the teaser was a clue that I had overlooked...|
Oct 07, 2015
|Very interesting. Maybe for science or trivia?|
Really cool story. I can't wait to show my friends this!
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