The following was posted in Oct, 1993 to the list..
It may have be posted before that -- even several times..
I found it very funny and to the point of discussion.
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 199514:20:06 -0600 (CST)
From: "Lee Daniels, email@example.com" <DANIELS@alchem.chem.tamu.edu>
Subject: RE: Smoke
Reply-To: "Lee Daniels, firstname.lastname@example.org" <DANIELS@alchem.chem.tamu.edu>
>Would anyone like to repost that very informative explanation of how
>carry smoke that was posted about a year ago?
Here 'tis, appended below. You're welcome.
Lee M. Daniels Laboratory for Moleular Structure and Bonding Texas A&M
email@example.com (409) 845-3726 Fax (409) 845-9351
'74 TR6 '77 MGB
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 93 7:25:14 EDT
From: GeorgeMurphy NOAC@ctdvnsl .CTD.ORNL.GOV
Subject: LUCAS Theory
Found this in a Mercedes- enz newsletter...lbc owners can appreciate
Electrical Theory by Joseph Lucas
by Bob Gunforth in the MBCA StarDust
Positive ground depends upon proper circuit functioning, the
negative ions by retention of the visible spectral manifestation known
"smoke". Smoke is the thing that makes electrical circuits work; we
know this to be true because every time one lets the smoke out of the
system, it stops working. This can be verified repeatedly through
When, for example, the smoke escapes from an electrical component
a Lucas voltage regulator), it will be observed that the component stops
working. The function of the wire harness is to carry the smoke from one
device to another; when the wire harness "springs a leak", and lets all
smoke out of the system, nothing works afterwards. Starter motors were
frowned upon in British Automobiles for some time, largely because they
consume large quantities of smoke, requiring very large wires.
It has been noted that Lucas components are possibly more prone to
electrical leakage than Bosch or generic Japanese electrics. Experts
point out that this is because Lucas is British and all things British
leak. British engines leak oil, shock absorbers, hydraulic forks and
disk brakes leak fluid, British tyres leak air and the British defense
establishment leaks secrets...so, naturally, British electrics leak
From the basic concept of electrical transmission of energy in the form
smoke, a better understanding of the mysteries of electrical components,
especially those of Lucas manufacture, is gained by the casual user.
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