Matthew ZenoBrooklyn, NY – A drunk man returning home from a bar died after he reportedly pissed on the third rail of G train.

Matthew Zeno and a friend were walking along the tracks for the southbound G train around at around 3:00 a.m. when the 30-year-old “inadvertently made contact with the third rail and was electrocuted,” according to the NYPD press office.

Headlines are a bit more eye-catching when they conclude the “inadvertent contact” was made with a stream of piss, but Zeno could have just of easily made some other kind of contact with the rail while looking for a place to take a leak. In fact, I didn’t think it was possible to be electrocuted that way because you pis is not a steady stream after a certain amount of distance. I’m not testing the theory, but I’m guessing he was electrocuted while pissing, not by the piss itself.

Regardless of how Zeno made contact with the third rail, 625 volts of electricity coursed through his body when he did. His 26-year-old friend tried to help and ended up getting shocked himself. He was able to notify some MTA workers who then called for help, but it was too late for Zeno who would be pronounced dead at the hospital. His friend was listed in stable condition.

I know Mythbusters did a controversial experiment regarding pissing on an electrified rail and could only prove it was possible to be electrocuted by pissing on an electrified rail if their test dummy was touching the rail while pissing on it from 6-inches away. I’ve pissed on an electrified fence before, and trust me when I say that in that scenario, you do get a mild shock. I’ve never came so hard since.

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