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By Sarah Bellum

Out There

Today, January 9, is National Static Electricity Day. Shocking news, I'm sure. Grab a balloon and rub it on the top of your head.

According to the "National Day Calendar," the observance explores static electricity and even how we may cause it.

Static electricity is different from the electrical current carried by wires through a building or transmitted by the electric companies.

Static electricity is produced when the positive and negative charges of an atom are out of balance.

At some point, these charges need to be put back in balance, and the static electricity is discharged.

The release or the resulting shock occurs when an insulator comes in contact with a conductor, such as apiece of metal.

Did you know lightning is a natural example of when sparks are discharged due to the buildup of static electricity? It is.

A spark of static electricity can measure thousands of volts, but has very little current and only lasts for a short period of time. This means it has little power or energy.

As dangerous as lightning is, around 70 percent of people struck by lightning survive.