Thursday, July 12, 2007

Photocopy Meme - The Sex Life of An Electron

Way before the Internet, even before BBS there were photocopy memes. These gems were secretly photocopied by bored, tired or otherwise underutilized employees to share a bit of levity with their co-workers.

We didn't ask them to do this mind you. In fact 9 times out of 10 these photocopy memes got balled up in the trash or stuffed in a drawer and forgotten. So when you hear the old folks yammer on about the coarseness of the times I want to you whip this baby out and smile as you reminded them of days gone by. Maybe from a distance cuz some of our great-grands still have a mean right hook.

I'm trying to increase my prosperity level which means something has got to go. I release, for historical purposes only, in glorious Courier:

The Sex Life of An Electron

On night when he was pretty high, Micro Farad decided to try and get a cute little coil to let him discharge. He picked up Millie Amp and took her for a ride on his megacycle. They rode across the Wheatstone Bridge around the sine wave and stopped in a magnetic field b a flowing current.

Micro, attracted by Millie's characteristic curves, soon had his resistance at a minimum and his field fully excited. He laid her on the ground potential, praised her frequency, lowered her capacitance, and pulled out his high voltage probe. He inserted it into her socket, connecting them in parallel, and began to short circuit her shunt.

Fully excited, Millie said "MHO, MHO, Give me MHO!" With his tube operating at maximum peak and her coil vibrating at resonance from the flow of current, she soon reached maximum peak. The excess current flow had gotten her hot and Micro was rapidly discharged and drained of every electron.

They fluxed all night, trying various connections and sockets until his bar magnet had lost all its field strength. Afterwards, Millie tried self induction and damaged her solenoid. With his battery fully discharged, Micros was unable to excite his generator, so the ended up by reversing polarity and blowing each other's fuses.

Watt A Night!


  1. I have a handwritten version of this story on yellow legal paper from 1982.It's slightly different from the version posted here.

    1. Cool. There were dozens of variations and topics relating to sex. I haven't seen a written or photocopy version since the rise of the Internet. There is a lot of digitization of our weirdness that needs to catch up with our side histories.

  2. Yeah,I thought about framing it.The copy I have is handwritten in long hand script.
    I guess I could photocopy it,but I wouldn't know where to upload the scan to.

  3. I first seen this laying on my Dad's Desk in his Radio & TV shop he had, I was still in High School, graduated June 1967 and it was before that. I remember taking it to School and showing it to my Cousin!

    1. I remember seeing them in high school; I think a friend or two brought them in as well. You never know when one would turn up. Glad I could preserve a part of the past.

    2. I agree with you, Anonymous. I was given what I thought was the original version in the early '70's with "Eddy Current" as the main protagonist. And I believe that the original could have been written over 50 years ago. Some of the words/terms have been altered but each version is funny.