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From: "Bill Shymanski"
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
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Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 11:16:59 -0500
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North American CSA/UL plugs are perfectly safe, though not idiot proof.
We've got to have some negative selection pressure for the good of the
species. Learning that touching those brass things while plugging in a cord
is bad, is good for us all. I've never heard of anyone being injured that
way, at any rate.
Besides there's no feasible design of plug that would prevent a true ninny
from taking an extension cord, skinning back the wires to bare copper for a
foot or so, then wrapping the wires around his tounge and then sticking the
cord into a live outlet.
Think of it as evolution in action; mankind has no predators except for the
"Joseph Legris" wrote in message
> In light of the current young-ladies' fashions, navel gazing is to be
> commended. And myopia is great for inspecting SMT (and navels too, come
> to think of it).
> We North Americans should at least be thankful that it is the plug and
> not the outlet that has the prongs. When I was a kid I made a male to
> male extension cord that caused my little brother some grief. My poor
> Why doesn't somebody invent a safe North American AC plug? Maybe with a
> spring loaded shroud that covers the prongs and retracts when the plug
> is inserted. I believe I have even seen such a thing. Where is CSA/UL
> when you need them?
> Best regards,
> Joseph Legris
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