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How come when birds sit on a wire they don't get fried?



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Same reason the wire itself does not get fried! Nothing bad happens as long as the two wires that have the big voltage difference between them do not meet. If the bird stretches out its wings and touches both wires, it might be in trouble. However, those electrical wires are usually well insulated so even this would not be a problem, except possibly on those really high voltage lines like the ones that got knocked over in Mississippi recently.

Arthur Smith



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