Here is a bit about Smoke and Elecrical theory I got from a British friend
>Here is a bit of electrical theory as postulated by one of your fellow
>countrymen. It was prompted by his experience of Lucas electrics
>in a Lotus 7;
>Positive ground depends upon proper circuit functioning, which is the
>transmission of negative ions by retention of the visible spectral
>manifestation known as "smoke". Smoke is the thing that makes
>electrical circuits work; we know this to be true because every time one
>lets the smoke out of the electrical system, it stops working. This can
>be verified repeatedly through empirical testing.
>When, for example, the smoke escapes from an electrical component
>(like, say, a Lucas voltage regulator), it will be observed that the
>component stops working. The function of the wire harness is to
>carry the smoke from one device to another; when the wire harness
>"springs a leak." And lets all the smoke out of the system, nothing
>works afterwards. Starter motors were frowned upon in British
>motorcycles for some time, largely because they consume large
>quantities of smoke, requiring very large wires.
>It has been noted that Lucas components are possibly more prone to
>electrical leakage than Bosch or generic Japanese electrics. Experts
>point out that this is because Lucas is British and all things British
>leak. British engines leak oil, shock absorbers and hydraulic forks and
>disk brakes leak fluid, British tyres leak air, and the British defence
>establishment leaks secrets... so, naturally, British electrics leak
>From the basic concept of electrical transmission of energy in the form
>of smoke, a better understanding of the mysteries of electrical
>components - - especially those of Lucas manufacture - - is gained by
>the casual user.
>Is there a grain of truth in this???
I hope you enjoyed it a much as I did.
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