Top 5 Facts: Electricity

Electric fact blast alert!

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1. High voltage
Static electricity commonly causes your body to build up voltages of 10,000-plus volts. Fortunately the current discharged is too weak to do any serious damage.

Top 5 Facts: Electricity2. Triboluminescence
Crunching sugary sweets can separate positive and negative charges as sugar crystals crack. When they recombine the surrounding air is excited, producing a flash of blue light.

3. Concentrated power
A nuclear fission reactor can generate the same amount of electric energy from a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of natural uranium as a power station extracts from 14 tons of coal.

4. Electric UFOs
Static electrical charges on high-voltage transmission lines can cause glowing corona discharges, which may account for UFO sightings in the vicinity of power plants.

5. Very pr-icy
Our fridge-freezers are typically the most energy-greedy of all the household appliances, guzzling approximately £60 ($100) of electricity a year.

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