National Static Cling Day, celebrated on April 26, is an American holiday that is dedicated to recognizing the phenomenon of static cling, its effects, and its control. Static cling is defined as the propensity or tendency of light (in terms of weight) objects to stick or cling to other objects as a result of static electricity. It is most commonly found in clothing, but occurs with other items as well, such as dust to plastic items, combs to hair, skin to leather, and so on. What typically occurs during static cling is the build-up of stray electrons, both positive and negative. The actual cling occurs where and when two oppositely charged objects come in contact with each other.
History of National Static Cling Day
Static cling occurs as a reaction between objects that results from the effects of static electricity. Static electricity itself is a disproportion of electric charges within a material, on the surface of that material, or between materials. The charge persists until it is made moveable by way of electric current or electrical discharge. Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, where the electric charge flows through an electrical conductor or space and transmits energy, other than remaining on a surface.
A static electric charge can occur if two surfaces come in close contact, have separated, and at least one of the surfaces is highly resistant to electric current, thereby making it an electrical insulator. The effects of static electricity are easily recognizable to most people as it is possible for them to feel, hear, and even see the spark resulting from, the excess electric charge being neutralized when brought close to a large electrical conductor or a surface area with an excess charge of the opposite polarity (positive or negative). The common phenomenon of a static shock, which is more specifically an electrostatic discharge, is caused by the neutralization of an electric charge.
The Leyden jar, a device for storing static electricity, was accidentally discovered by Pieter van Musschenbroek, a Dutch physicist at the University of Leiden. It was in its earliest form, a glass vial, usually filled partly with water, the opening of which was sealed by a cork with a wire dipping into the water. To charge the jar, the exposed end of the wire was brought into contact with a friction device that produced static electricity. In its present form, both the inner and outer surfaces of an insulating jar are coated with sheets of metal foil.
National Static Cling Day timeline
Dutch physicist Pieter van Musschenbrook is born in Leiden, Netherlands.
While at the University of Leiden, Pieter van Musschenbroek, accidentally invents the Leyden jar.
British scientist popular for inventing the electric motor and dynamo, Michael Faraday, is born.
Michael Faraday produces the first electric current.
National Static Cling Day FAQs
What is National Static Cling Day?
National Static Cling Day is an American holiday that is observed in recognition of the static cling.
What causes static cling?
Static cling occurs as a reaction between objects that results from the effects of static electricity.
Can static cling be fixed?
Static cling can be fixed through simple measures such as running a metal hanger through the piece(s) of clothing affected for example, or by applying lotion to one’s skin to prevent clinging.
National Static Cling Day Activities
Do some research on static cling
National Static Cling Day is a very good day for anyone to do some research into the origin of static cling. Research might take you through hundreds of years of the history of electricity, so prepare to be wowed.
Get rid of static cling on clothes
Static cling happens all the time, even on National Static Cling Day. A good way to get through the day is to get rid of static cling on clothes and other surfaces around the house.
Share on social media
Whatever activity you find yourself engaging in on National Static Cling Day, be sure to share every moment on social media. Use the #NationalStaticClingDay hashtag.
5 Interesting Facts About Static Electricity
It’s bad for your devices
Electrostatic discharge is bad for your electrical devices, appliances, and gadgets, and can cause damage to them.
Lightning is static electricity
It has been said that lightning is really just a massive surge of electricity in the sky.
Static electricity travels at light speed
Static electricity can travel at over 186,000 miles per second.
Generating static electricity could yield high voltages
Due to a high difference in electric charges in an event of static electricity, high voltage can occur.
It can power a lightbulb
When applied properly, there is a certain specific electrostatic experiment that could power a lightbulb.
Why We Love National Static Cling Day
It’s an opportunity to learn
National Static Cling Day presents an opportunity to learn a lesson or two about static electricity. This is especially great if you’re science inclined!
It’s an occasion to detach clung surfaces
On National Static Cling day, we can simply learn ways of getting rid of static cling from surfaces. Go ahead to “de-cling” them.
Better information regarding safety around static electricity
We get to be better informed about how static electricity is generated. We can also learn how it can be controlled.
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