quote: Unless, of course, you count the guy that was standing a little to close to the island bench and arced to the outlet from his zipper.
quote: ground potential - and that is most likely what you were when you touched that conductor (I assume it was one of those demonstration thingies that make your hair stand up and the like).
There is a reason why 50V (AC @50Hz) is considered the safety threshold for humans. For DC, it is 120V.
quote: No, you're incorrectly using Ohm's Law. In simple terms, you must realize that real-world voltages are not idealized sources, and do not remain constant regardless of load. Even in the case of 120VAC house current-- once current begins flowing, the potential drops. Voltage is measured assumming infinite resistance (or, if you prefer, zero amperage).
quote: In the case I described, I most certainly was touching a >100kV voltage source while well-grounded, and thus current was flowing through me. A few microamps at most...which explains why I'm here typing. The reason your calculation of current was incorrect is, because the moment I touched that source, the current flow caused a corresponding potential decrease.
quote: Certainly; I never said otherwise. However the fact remains that amperage is the primary factor in inducing fibrillation. Voltage is irrelevant, insofar as enough exists to overcome body resistance.
quote: generated about 20 kW at 20 kHz but only a few milliwatts
quote: 8.5kV is absolutely brutal, and nigh unacceptable for the purposes of PCs