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So, my boss tells me that while she was talking to a group of coworkers, that she was told a story about people in the Philippines wrapping their electrical cords in a specific type of coffee and getting significant usage reductions.

I'm a born skeptic, but I'm no scientist. However, neither is she, and no amount of "I Googled it and it's true" is going to make me believe it.

So, is there anyone in the hive mind that would know if this is nonsense or not? It sure seems like it is.
 
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I'm assuming that you mean coffee beans, right? Because pouring coffee on an electrical cord... well, it has to be beans.
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MABBY wrote:
I'm assuming that you mean coffee beans, right? Because pouring coffee on an electrical cord... well, it has to be beans.


Packets of ground coffee.
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Sounds like an urban legend to me.
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I'm neither an electrician nor an electrical engineer, but I play a pretty convincing know-it-all/general knowledge guy from time to time...

Going back to some high school/college physics courses here, but maybe it has to do with insulating the wires? Something about inefficiencies and heat loss? Maybe by wrapping something around them, it reduces the amount of hot room temperature air that touches the cables and increases performance?

Edit: I found this link via Google. Reading the comments, it looks like 50/50 as to whether this works. Probably an urban legend...
 
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locusshifter wrote:
no amount of "I Googled it and it's true" is going to make me believe it.


I Googled it and it's true!

http://hubpages.com/technology/Energy-Saving-Tip-1-Coffee-as...
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col_w wrote:
locusshifter wrote:
no amount of "I Googled it and it's true" is going to make me believe it.


I Googled it and it's true!

http://hubpages.com/technology/Energy-Saving-Tip-1-Coffee-as...

Aha! Someone is trying to sell more coffee. They don't care if you drink it or tape it to your cords. shake
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MABBY wrote:
I'm assuming that you mean coffee beans, right? Because pouring coffee on an electrical cord... well, it has to be beans.

Since most electrical cords are insulated, running a cord through liquid really shouldn't be a problem.

And if there happened to be a breach in the insulation (but really, replace the cord before that happens), then it will simply trip the circuit breaker. (on the other hand, there's probably many places in the Philippines, and even the US for that matter, where they don't bother with circuit breakers...)

Who knows, maybe running electricity through the coffee will give it more energy too...

Brings a whole new meaning to that feeling of being "wired" after drinking coffee!

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if you used a lot around the high voltage lines from the power plant - would it work for a 'full city' ?
 
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MABBY wrote:
col_w wrote:
locusshifter wrote:
no amount of "I Googled it and it's true" is going to make me believe it.


I Googled it and it's true!

http://hubpages.com/technology/Energy-Saving-Tip-1-Coffee-as...

Aha! Someone is trying to sell more coffee. They don't care if you drink it or tape it to your cords. shake


Color me skeptical.
 
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I like to wrap an exposed electrical wire around my coffee cup. It gives me that little extra jolt I need to wake up in the morning.
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do you need to switch to decaf at bedtime?
 
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Wear an aluminum foil hat to increase your lifespan as well.
 
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I've been doing this for years. It works best with used grounds from a dark roast coffee. But it can't be Starbucks. The electrons don't respond well to anything Starbucks for some reason.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I can now drink coffee without fear that it will reduce the number of electrical impulses in my brain.

I will however, likely still continue to use it for full immersion of my cell phone when I do not wish to receive calls.
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