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    Contact voltage more common than it seems

    You’re not as strange as you feel when you purposely avoid metal grates on the sidewalk. Street Zaps keeps records of electrical voltage on public streets in cities. And there are a lot of testimonials.

    Philebrity directed us to the site, which includes accounts from pedestrians of electrical shocks on public streets — including this Jan. 8 account on Walnut Street:

    “Walking the dog and he practically jumped out of his harness and ran into the street.  I had to carry him home – no small feet considering he weights 100 lbs.”

    Feed the Feed: Have you ever received a shock from a grate?

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