Electricity

Some Amazing Facts About Electricity Which Will Amaze You

Electricity is considered to be a staple of modern life. If we have a look electricity is way more beyond lighting rooms and power devices. Here are some very interesting facts about electricity which will definitely amaze you.

  • A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.
  • Electricity travels at the speed of light, i.e more than 186,000 miles per second!
  • First use of the word electric was printed in 1646 which was abbreviated from the Greek ‘elektron’ meaning ‘amber’.
  • Ancient Romans recommended touching electric fish can help in curing headache or gout.
  • Reports of people receiving shocks from electric fish are said to be dated back to ancient Egyptians texts of 2750BC.
  • Around 600BC, Thales Of Miletus who was a Greek philosopher became the first person to experiment on electricity by rubbing pieces of amber.
  • The first items to be powered by electricity were the sewing machine, fan,kettle and toaster.
  • The electric chair was invented by Edison for not the means of execution but to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current.
  • The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulb was Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1879.
  • In the Mexican city of Torreon you can be fined 20 pounds if you were found using an electric razor while driving.
  • Iceland is the only country whose electricity supply entirely comes form renewable sources.
  •  The electric eel can deliver shocks up to 600 volts. But very few know that it is not an eel but a type if knifefish.
  • Ben Franklin carried out an extensive electricity research in the 18th century, by inventing the lightning rod amongst his many discoveries. In the event of lightning strike, the lightning rod conducts the strike through a grounded wire, protecting the building.