A shocking tail

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    > It's common practice in England to ring a
    > telephone by signaling extra voltage across one
    > side of the two wire circuit and ground (earth
    > in England). When the subscriber answers the
    > phone, it switches to the two wire circuit for
    > the conversation. This method allows two
    > parties on the same line to be signaled without
    > disturbing each other.
    > An elderly lady with several pets called to say
    > that her telephone failed to ring when her
    > friends called; and that on the few occasions
    > when it did ring her dog always barked first.
    > The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene,
    > curious to see this psychic dog.
    > He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in
    > his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.
    > The phone didn't ring. He tried again. The dog
    > barked loudly, followed by a ringing telephone.
    > Climbing down from the pole, the telephone
    > repairman found:
    > a. A dog was tied to the telephone system's
    > ground post via an iron chain and collar.
    > b. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling
    > current.
    > c. After several such jolts, the dog would
    > start barking and urinating on the ground.
    > d. The wet ground now completed the circuit
    > and the phone would ring.
    > Which shows you that some problems can be fixed
    > by just peeing on them.

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