May 20, 2019– Mary Greeley News – You are walking down a lit street at night, deep in thought. Up ahead, a sodium streetlamp casts an orange glow. As you approach, the light flickers for an instant, then switches off, only to come back on again once you have passed by.
Some call them SLIders.
A SLIder is a person who seems to be able to cause streetlights to go out just by walking or driving past them. This ability appears to be completely spontaneous and intermittent, the person in question having no apparent control over it. It also has the appearance of being quite random, without any obvious sequence of cause and effect.
Sometimes the SLIder will experience it several times in the same week while other times it may not happen for an extended period. The phenomenon is known as Street Light Interference (SLI). In America it is also known as Street Lamp Interference. At this point in time, very little is understood about it although it has been over a decade since it was first identified as an actual phenomenon.
Some people can’t wear a battery-operated watch. My self, the Digital image first goes berserk, then the battery goes dead. This usually happens within three days. I have tried multiple watches. I know only wear the old fashion wind up watches.
Many of us will have experienced this, and it is reported often enough for parapsychologists to have given it a name, Street Light Interference (SLI). Those who feel that they are repeatedly affected refer to themselves as Sliders.
The majority of Sliding incidents are easily explained. When common sodium and mercury vapor streetlights wear out, they “cycle” – flicker on and off – owing either to changes in the consistency of the vapor inside them, or to ageing electrodes.
At other times, the light-sensitive cells that operate them can develop glitches, leading to whole banks of lights behaving peculiarly. On witnessing this, our pattern-detecting minds make the connection and assume that we have interfered with the light.
That, at least, is the rational answer, but naturally there are complications. Some Sliders claim to affect other electrical appliances, merely through proximity to them. Light bulbs, televisions, computers, watches and fridges may malfunction, often permanently.
Sometimes referred to as High Voltage Syndrome (HVS), cases have been recorded as far back as 1837, when a young American woman found herself dramatically charged with electricity for five months.
Anyone she passed her hands over would be painfully zapped with static electricity.
More recently, in 1976, after breaking his arm, 12-year-old Vyvyan Jones of Bristol found that he could illuminate light bulbs by touching them. Televisions and lights would also flicker in his presence.
In 1983, Jacqueline Priestman, of Manchester, claimed to have blown up 30 vacuum cleaners, five irons and two washing machines. She also caused televisions to change channel.
Another Mancunian, Mandy Boardman, got through six vacuum cleaners and six TVs in three years. Her friends said she always gave them a shock when touching them.
What causes people to retain so much static electricity is unknown, but it is not necessarily a modern condition. Despite the massive increase in electricity use, recorded instances don’t seem to have risen that dramatically in the past 150 years.
There have been no recorded instances of electrically-charged people killing others – but it isn’t hard to imagine it occurring. Young children or the elderly – especially those fitted with pacemakers – could be vulnerable.
Electrically-charged people have also been cited as a possible factor in the mystery of spontaneous human combustion – see my hub on human combustion.
Little research into this bizarre condition has been conducted. Presently, it’s not even known why women are affected more than men.
It appears mainstream scientists shy away from the subject because of the supernatural element and its implications.
But if you look at the way electricity is naturally used by animals other than man – the electric eel for example – the real explanation might be quite simple; perhaps even rational enough for the most conservative academic.
credit: In part with https://www.theguardian.com/science/2004/jul/29/science.research1