He turns to me and says,” Damn, I wish someone would explain that damn static electricity to me.”
So I did, and here is my explanation especially for my non-engineering friends . . .
Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material.
The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge.
For modelling the effect of static discharge on sensitive electronic devices, a human being is represented as a capacitor of 100 picofarads, charged to a voltage of 4,000 to 35,000 volts.
When touching an object this energy is discharged in less than a microsecond:
Are you still having a little trouble understanding this? If so, the next photo may help.