The makings of a very bad idea...

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at
Sat Nov 10 19:15:58 CST 2012

On 11/10/2012 19:43 PM, Phil wrote:
> On 10 Nov 2012, at 23:52, Andre Kesteloot wrote:
>> On 11/10/2012 18:45 PM, Phil wrote:
>>> Remarkable. Tell me, do windmills fall 1500 ft dragging 
>>> one-third-mile long cables with them when the wind stops? How much 
>>> effort does it take to get them back up again?
>>> Phil M1GWZ
>> Phil,
>> The only way to answer your question is to try it.
>> I think we should immediately allocate a mere one-trillion-dollar 
>> budget to see how well the concept works.
>> And advertise it on Facebook.
>> 73
>> André
> André, I think you've got a good idea there - I believe your President 
> DOES read Facebook!
> But there is an easier way to generate electricity - I read it once in 
> a book of genuine Edwardian British patents. Apparently, all that is 
> necessary is to fire a 20-mile-long chain straight up into the air. 
> Upon reaching the maximum height, the chain is pulled permanently 
> vertically taut by the static electricity filling the upper 
> atmosphere, and unlimited amounts of this electricity can then be 
> drawn off the bottom of the chain to charge storage batteries. As I 
> recall, the book also discussed the hollow butter knife that could be 
> filled with boiling water to spread butter on cold days, the 
> rollercoaster with the 30-foot gap in the track to increase the 
> excitement of the ride, and various devices to bathe the body in 
> coloured light and give it electric shocks, both internally as well as 
> externally, to improve one's vigour and cure melancholy.
> Phil M1GWZ

Thank you for this much-needed remedy: my melancholy has just vanished.
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