UTAH HAS SOME SERIOUS DUMBASSES, LOCAL SHERIFF SAYS DON’T HANG HAMMOCKS NEXT TO POWER LINES
So you’ve got to love just how stupid some people can be. I mean, really? Because in Weber County, Utah, the stupid is ascendant. And, well, that’s a bit of a pun. But sue me. And I, for one, may be variously stupid. But I have a healthy fear of electricity, having electrocuted myself (twice) as a young child. And, well, I can still hear the “sound” of electricity in my bones when I’m near a strong current. But some dumbasses done went and hung a hammock right next to power lines. And by power lines, I mean a high-voltage power tower! The local Sheriff had to issue a PSA warning people against doing that.
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HAMMOCK DUMBASSES ARE FLIRTING WITH POWER LINES CARRYING 75,000 KILOWATTS
And no, this isn’t a joke. The Utah PSA also included the obvious tidbit that people should refrain from even climbing the towers, never mind sacking it out high in the air in a hammock amidst the hum of 75,000 kilowatts. So if that number doesn’t mean much to you, I’ll try to provide some context. If you’ve ever seen one of these power towers, you remember that they don’t tend to have anything near them? Like, say, a freaking hammock? That’s because that level of power can jump, just like static electricity. But the kind that will blow you up into little meaty chunks.
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HAMMOCK FOOLS COULD LITERALLY CATCH LIGHTNING, KILL POWER FOR 100’S OF THOUSANDS
So here’s some more context of these dumbasses. This amount of power is so strong that linemen (people who work on the power lines) are supposed to stay a minimum of 20 feet away from an active line like these. And if you have a look at that picture, that’s actually a dumbass, lounging in the hammock, well within 20 feet of not just an active line, but an active conductor! I’d say it’s shocking, but… You get the idea. Even worse, a human frying themselves would totally take out the power to hundreds of thousands of people. Yes, that’s how much power is there.