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Weird Weird Goings On

Okay. Weird weird weird things in the house.
Phoneline- dead and cannot be resurrected. Toaster - shortcircuited. Every computer I've touched when I've felt stressed has crashed and frozen in a big way even though it normally works fine when I'm not stressed. Similarly THREE lightbulbs have blown within moments of each other (in three separate rooms, and the fuses are all fine).

The television and the kettle appear to have been switching themselves on/off quite spontaneously, without such paltry aid of mere mortals pushing their buttons.

And now... a glass shelf in the bathroom has exploded I didn't come anywhere near it. Nothing came anywhere near it. There was nothing heavy on it. I was sitting in the living room chatting with Natasha and suddenly we heard this termendous bang and saw that the glass shelf had snapped in the middle and the sink was full of shards.

Frankly, I am at a loss about how to explain these incidents.
Maybe my hidden telekinetic powers are flaring up again.

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feath
Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
whoa! Very spooky!
lillfive
Nov. 3rd, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Well, call me a loon, but...poltergeist, maybe? They aren't
like the movie. They're usually benign and just sort of
mischevious.

You can laugh now :)

The situation is very intriguing, though!

^.^
casaubon
Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
While I wouldn't dismiss the telekinetic theory out of hand, I'd consider calling the phone company and an electrician.

Was the glass shelf made of toughened glass (it probably was for safety reasons)?
This has been known to explode spontaneously because of the tensions built up within the glass in the manufacturing process.
livemeat
Nov. 4th, 2004 02:02 am (UTC)
The lightbulbs probably aren't suitable for the voltage/current.

Computers crashing is just because of windows - i don't even have to touch them to freeze them - just chant 'MacOSX' at them and windows seems to recognise it's own inherent instability, and does the decent thing.

Glass tends to go pop because it's badly made, and the atmospheric conditions in your building do tend to encourage the expansion of any air trapped by the manufacturing procss - expansive air being good for blasting glass to smithereens when there seems like nothing could have caused it.

mzwyndi
Nov. 4th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
Well, on the practical end of things, you're likely having electrical power surges. That explains most of it. Your glass shelf may be experiencing just that additional bit of stress from the EMF created to trip the internal stresses over the edge. So, there you go, rational, calm explanation is available for the whole thing. And knowing London's wiring... not at all surprising.

Of course, there's the issue of WHY you might be having these EMF surges. Is your personal energy field out of whack and resonating with the household frequency? Did a mouse chew through the insulation on the wires? Is your anxiety over the American political situation creating so much frenetic energy that you've attracted unwanted poltergeist activity? Could be...
rainsinger
Nov. 4th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
I liked everyone's explanations for the glass shelf it all sounds very logical and feasible.

I think the electricity out of whack is down to me though. Because I've noticed that everysingle time I begin to truly stress then electrical appliances in my vicinity (regardless of whether I am at home or not) will begin to break down in a rather dramatic way. Case in point- computer - as soon as I calmed down it began to work beautifully.

I hadn't heard of EMF beforehand (really I am totally clueless about how many things in the mundane world work) but I would not be the least surprised if London has screwed up wiring considering the medieval nightmare that it's plumbing is....
mzwyndi
Nov. 4th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
EMF stands for electro-magnetic field. The simple version of things is that electrical flow through a wire creates a magnetic field. (and calling it EMF distinguishes it from the magnetism caused by gravity or lodestone)

So, everything with electricity has EMF. When you flip the light switch on, it draws current into the (now) completed circuit, and that current creates a magnetic field.

If your electric lines are too close to your phone, or one another, or something ELSE that has electricity running through it at a similar level, sometimes the EMF fields interact and magnify (or dampen) one another, which can increase (or interrupt) electrical flow. It's all related.

Since bodies create chemo-electrical impulses (that's how your neurons work), we all create a mild EMF. Many people think this may be what the aura is. I've heard a lot of psuedo-physics about it, but... there's certainly been a fair bit of anecdotal evidence that if you're all worked up, your EMF can interact with the other EMFs around you, and cause weird stuff to happen.
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