"I'm not a chicken. I'm just really hesitant." -Frasier Crane
Question #1488 posted on 11/17/2003 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

On the pendulum there is a sign that reads "caution 1000 ohms." I was told that if you touch the pendulum it would shock you, but today I saw a person touch the wire and he did not recieve any type of electrical jolt. Why is this? What does the "caution" sign refer to? Is the sign just there to stop idiots from trying to change the course trajectory of the pendulum?

- Shockingly Beautiful

A: Dear Shockingly Beautiful,
Do you know what an OHM is? Exactly. It's there to frighten you---make you think you're going to be blasted into outer oblivion. So yeah, don't touch it because you'll throw off the pendulum, and then we won't know how many degrees Provo rotates with the Earth (any other pendulum q's see the archives 'cause I researched it recently, lucky me.)
- Aprender