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It's National Static Electricity Day!

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    Just What Is Static Electricity?

    This strange force known as static electricity occurs when there is an imbalance of electrical charges within or upon the surface of a material. This charge is created when two surfaces come in contact and then separate. At least one of the surfaces must have a high resistance to electrical current and thus will act as an insulator. The electrical charge will remain until there is a way for it to discharge itself, like when you touch a metal doorknob and it scares the beans out of you.

    So, just what can static electricity do?
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    Play Pranks on your Pets!

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    Those little packing peanuts make a great electrical insulator and on a nice dry day you can really annoy the heck out of your cat.
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    Become a Water Bender!

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    That's right, channel your inner Korra, and bend the water to your will!
    ...ahem...excuse me.
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    Make a Balloon Follow You Around!

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    Ever wanted a balloon to follow you around like a floating pet? Just rub it on your hair for a while (sorry bald guys). Or, if you've ever fancied having a second head, just draw a face on the balloon and BAM! Now you have a second head.
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    Thor Is the God of Static Electricity!

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    That's right! Lightning is nature's version of shuffling your feet and touching something metal. So, you win nature, I'm way too scared to try and make a static electrical discharge of that magnitude.

    Now, it's time for you to go do some shocking experiments of your own.


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