Shocking Static

By Matthew Bamberg / May 22, 2006

Absolutely it was a great venue for the mellowest of evenings until something shocking happened while jazz pumped through a club in Buenos Aires.

Now to an Important elementary school science lesson–static electricty, the electricty made when you walk across a carpet so that electrons move from the rug to you, giving you extra electrons. Touch another person and ZAP! The the other person is a conductor. The electrons move from you to the him/her and you get a


Q: SO WhaH hAppEn iF yOu mISSed THat LesSOn?
A: When you get shocked, you won’t know what hit you.

Exactly, and that’s what happened when I touched a waitress in the club, and she got the heck shocked out of her. One giant spark of fiery static electricity set her in a rage.

She quickly turned around ready to slap me. Then she twirled around the room in a daze, circling around me as if I were a space creature.

Meantime, the staff was wondering what happened.

I yelled in Spanish….ese es electricidad statitica!!!! Again and again I recited to the staff what this phenomena was.

They laughed.

The waitress flit among the crowd, buzzed and curious to what the man with the shock gave her.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).