Teen sticks Xbox 360 power supply in bowl of water
Result? Hospital for Darwin Award near-miss
A North Carolina teenager who decided the best way to cool his Xbox's overheating power supply was to stick it in a bowl of water was knocked unconcious by the resulting electric shock and earned himself a trip to hospital with "minor burns to his right hand and foot".
According to local news reports, the 14-year-old Brevard youth was having a spot of bother with his console which would shut down every five minutes. His mum told the press he "thought the problem was likely linked to overheating" and duly "tried to fix it on his own based on tips he found online".
This apparently involved wrapping the offending power supply in plastic and tape and dunking it in said bowl "while it was still plugged in". His mother explained: "When I left to go next door he was playing a game but when I got back he was laying on his back on the floor and unconscious."
The young man was subsequently detained overnight at the local Transylvania Community Hospital. ®
Thanks to Danny Caldwell for the tip-off.
re:@ @ @ jason
limey still used, funny stopping scurvy became with a slang word
The US electrical system seems hugely dangerous to me: They operate at half the voltage which means that identical devices need twice the current, there are no fuses in the plugs, and the plugs are crappy and still work when half pulled out the socket exposing the pins.
Combine that with a poor public school system, and I'm not surprised we get these stories.
Re: @ JASON
I could have done some good research like yourself there matey, but at the end of the day I didn't feel inclined to log onto Wikipedia and attempt to rehash it's entries regards "redneck" and "Yank".
Seeing as language evolves I was using the terms in their most base meaning;
"Redneck" - Hillbilly, hick, dunce etc
"Yank" - American (As per the other posters commenting on Brits, Limeys, Poms etc)
So, wasn't being racist at all, didn't specify anything about ethnicity.
I was saying that this kid, was, blantantly as dense as the material making up a collapsed star and really shouldn't be allowed to breed when he reaches age.
That's all. ; )