Fear Factor ep worries power companies.

Fear Factor ep worries power companies.
On last night’s episode of the $1 million couples Fear Factor, handcuffed couples had to navigate a maze of electrified wires. This has caused power companies across North America to flip out, as they fear finding the charred bodies of show fans at substations. NBC told The New York Daily News that the contestants “only sustained ‘high-voltage/low amp shock.'” Still, power companies weren’t happy. A Con Ed spokesperson was moved to state the obvious, telling the paper, “Substations are not playgrounds. They can be potentially dangerous to untrained individuals. Stunts of any kind around electricity and electrical devices should not be imitated.” In Canada, the Canadian Electrical Association “issued a call for the show to be cancelled, or, failing that, to be aired with strong disclaimers warning that fans of the show could be electrocuted if they tried to copy the stunt,” the CP reports. Network Global “said it would pull the episode but it later decided to add disclaimers to the segment.” Shouldn’t we instead encourage people who are dumb enough to do this? It’d be free gene pool filtering.

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