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I tried to find the case, but couldn't. IIRC, it's an urban legend that spawned from an actual incident which involved either the miswiring or damage to a lamp post.

There have been some people electrocuted who were
trying to steal the copper wire out of lamp posts.

Maybe the urban legend springs from those true incidents.

flick 100785
Ummm, this would be false. There is no way that ... with electrcity runningthrough it that could be that easily accessed.

I tried to find the case, but couldn't. IIRC, it's an urban legend that spawned from an actual incident which involved either the miswiring or damage to a lamp post.

Around here it isn't urban legend at all. A lot of the lampposts have been tampered with in order to access the electrical currents (a lot of homeless people and street vendors use the wiring to hook up their small appliances). The posts that have been tampered with have exposed wiring that, if peed on, will shock the dog. I don't know of any dogs that have died from this, but I know a few that have been really traumatized by it. The local SPCA put out fliers warning people not to let their dogs pee on lampposts that have been clearly jimmied open.

Tara
I found the story - or rather, I found a copy of it on another site; it seems to have disappeared from the Baltimore Sun archives, even though it's less than a month old. Hmm.
http://www.mikeholt.com/mojonewsarchive/Safety-HTML/HTML/City-Utility-Boxes-are-a-Powerful-Danger...

or http://makeashorterlink.com/?C17F2563A .
The story's exactly as I read it in the paper last month, except that the photos of the bereaved dog owner aren't with it.
Around here it isn't urban legend at all. A lot of the lampposts have been tampered with in order to ... SPCA put out fliers warning people not to let their dogs pee on lampposts that have been clearly jimmied open.

Mythbusters did a story on this related to an urban legend of a man electrocuting himself by peeing on the 3rd rail of the subway. Basically they found that electrocution was impossible unless the pee stream was thick and continual if it broke up into droplets the stream was broken. So I'd say it would depend on how close the dog was to the source...
Mythbusters did a story on this related to an urban legend of a man electrocuting himself by peeing on the ... into droplets the stream wasbroken. So I'd say it would depend on how close the dog was to the source...

Yup. they figured out that the stream was only solid enough for 2-3 inches, I believe, to carry a current. I'd think that the way some male dogs really lean into their chosen target it could happen quite easily, especially if they've been saving up.
I know Ender leans in close enough sometimes that I've wondered if he might freeze his business to a fence post one of these days.

-Jenn
Once I was walking the beagle and he decided to wet a street light pole in the park. He yelped and jumped. Since the base of the pole was steel and rather rusted from all the dog urine and water, I was suspicious enough to touch the pole and I got shocked. Luckily, I wasn't grounded as well through the grass as a dog could be but you have to realize that the pole itself is in dry concrete and if it is hot due to a bad connection or poor wiring, the wet earth will make you or the dog a nice circuit. It's also one of the reasons there are ground fault interupters on new home bathroom and outdoor circuits.
Mack
Around here it isn't urban legend at all. A lot ... dogs pee on lampposts that have been clearly jimmied open.

Mythbusters did a story on this related to an urban legend of a man electrocuting himself by peeing on the ... droplets the stream was broken. So I'd say it would depend on how close the dog was to the source...

Did I ever tell the story about filling up a horse trough with a metal bucket from the outside of the fence?
Um. Never mind.