Little known facts about what powers electric motors

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Fourteen Little Known Facts about Electricity

We all rely on electricity, both at home and at work, so we thought it would be fun to share some offbeat facts on the subject.

  • Electricity travels at the speed of light, which is more than 186,000 miles per second. Even still, if a light switch in your home was connected to a light bulb on the moon, you could travel around the world eight times before the bulb would light up.
  • A single spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.
  • Lightning bolts travel at about 130,000 miles per hour and can reach nearly 54,000 degrees, Fahrenheit. One bolt could power 200,000 average-sized homes.
  • When electric eels are hunting or defending themselves, they can create electric shocks of around 500-600 volts. Compare that to the safest amount of voltage in a socket in your home – 220 volts – and you’ll see how powerful an electric eel really is.
  • Reports of people being shocked from electric marine creatures exist as far back as 2750 BC (in Egypt). Ancient Romans believed these creatures could cure headache or gout.
  • Electricity causes the muscles in your heart to contract. That’s why electrocardiogram machines are used to monitor heart beats.
  • Fireflies create light by converting their food into chemical energy, and their light is more efficient than a typical light bulb. Other creatures that can do this include the deep sea squid and glow worm.
  • Google searches account for 0.013% of the world’s energy usage. The energy required for 100 searches = burning a 60-watt light bulb for 28 minutes.
  • A refrigerator uses less electricity than a Playstation 3.
  • The first lighthouse to use electricity? The Statue of Liberty in 1886. The first bridge? New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Around 600 BC, the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus experimented with electricity by rubbing together pieces of amber. The term “electric” actually came from the Greek word “elektron,” meaning “amber” and it first appeared in print in 1646.
  • In 1879, the first street was lit by electric light bulbs: Mosley Street in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • The first common domestic items powered by electricity were the sewing machine, fan, kettle and toaster.
  • If you’re shaving with an electric razor while driving, avoid the Mexican city of Torreon. There, you can be fined £20 for doing so!

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