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What effect does being tasered have on the human body?

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Question found in Science In General
What actually a device like TASER, which is an electroshock gun, does is that it administers an electric shock on the human body, disrupting superficial muscle functions.

Some old models of Taser's fire a small dart-like electrodes with attached metal wires that connect to the gun, and these dart-like electrodes will embed in the skin and superficial muscle tissues layers before applying the electric shock. The newer versions of the projectiles use a shaped pulse of electricity which disrupt nerve and muscle function without needing the metal prongs on the projectile to penetrate the skin.

Technically Taser's are not lethal weapons and they usually don't create any lasting effects on the human body. As our expert Mr Craig Brownell stated in his answer, application of Taser's on a healthy body will cause severe pain, incapacitation and possible paralysis for about half an hour. This depends on the fact that the victim is of normal health and he doesn't have any previous critical medical conditions, like having a severe heart problem etc.

The US National Institute of Justice and Amnesty International are studying about the lethal causes that devices like Taser's can have on human beings. Amnesty International has even recorded about 70 + deaths following the use of tasers. And some of the reports mention electrocution as a possible cause for the deaths. There are a number of people who belive that using such a weapon is inhuman and they can worsen any medical conditions that a victim may have.

You can read about the study conducted by Amnesty International at the below given webpage

http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engamr510302006

Comments :
Thanks, it was interesting that possible paralysis can occur for up to half an hour afterwards.

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What is the difference between

C++ main() and C main() ?

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Question found in Programming
Some major differences in the main() functions in C and C++ are :

1. You can call the main() function from within itself (i.e recursively)in C. This is not possible in C++. In C++ the main() can be recursively called.

2. In C the main() function is the first thing to be executed or all C programs starts at the main() function. But in C++, a program execution can start from constructors of global objects.

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Why did they call sausages bangers during the 1st world war?

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Question found in Food And Drink In General
Sausages were called bangers during the 1st World War because they contained so much water and they exploded when fried.

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In which city in Scotland would you find the "Little Houses"?

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I am not sure but read some where about Roy Bridge, Fort William, Scotland.

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What is uric acid?

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Question found in Animals & Nature
Uric acid is an organic compound of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. In humans, uric acid is the final oxidation product of purine metabolism. Uric acid is also the end product of nitrogen metabolism in birds and reptiles. In such species, it is excreted in feces as a dry mass.

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In which header file malloc is declared?

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It is in the Malloc.H header file

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I know this verse well. The thing that's driving me mad, I can't recall from which of the many poems in my head, it belongs to. I tried the various search engines, however, it takes ages. Sorry guys asking you clever people out there is so much easier!

Here it is,

From the dim recesses

Of woven caresses

where lovers catch ye by your loose tresses,

From the azure isles

Where sweet wisdom smiles, delaying your ships with her siren wiles.

Grateful thanks, Rhea

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Question found in Literature In General
Isn't it from the 'Prometheus Unbound', a four-act play by Percy Bysshe Shelley (published in 1820)

I found these verses in your question in this play. Check out the full text at the below link.

http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/s/shelley/percy_bysshe/s54cp/section38.html

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In a football match if the ball hits the crossbar is that on or off target?

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Question found in Football In General
A Shot on Target is one that enters the goal or that would have entered the goal had the goalkeeper not blocked it. In the case where a ball hits the wood work it is not going in to the goal post and so it is a shot off the target.

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Why do chefs wear hats?

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Question found in Food And Drink In General
The reason why chefs wear hat are :

1. A matter of hygiene - It keeps loose hairs from falling onto the food.

2. A matter of hygiene - Absorbs perspiration from the forehead.

3. A matter of comfort - A tall hat would channel heat away from the top of the head, offering a kind of personal ventilation shaft in a very hot kitchen.

4. A matter of personal health - Protects hair from the smoke and oil in the kitchen.

These head gear for the chef's have a long history, as far as 7th century AD.

There are many theories floating around regarding the origin of the log hats and One of them is given below.

In early day's learned men were often persecuted and cooks were indeed considered as learned men. To escape from being persecuted, chefs would take refuge in the local church and dress in hats and cloaks to look like the clergy. And the chef hat was born.

By the way, the tall, round, pleated, starched white hat worn by chefs is called a 'toque blanche' or simply a 'toque'.

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What kind of animal is a 'pachyderm' ?

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The term Pachyderm refers to any of the various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin and can include animals like elephant, rhinoceros, tapirs, pigs and hippopotamus.

These days the term is often used to describe elephants.

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