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Where do the electrostatic energy go?

  1. Nov 3, 2011 #1
    Fun Fly Stick is a toy to generate electrostatic energy, please see an attached image.

    I am insulated from the floor and the stick is touching the metal wall, the longer I operate it, should my body get more negative charges or less?



    " ... An electron has a mass that is approximately 1/1836 that of the proton."

    Is negative charges (electrons) moving faster then positive charges (proton) based on their mass? if it is correct, the speed of discharging the positive charges to the ground is slower then the speed of getting negative charges from the ground, so if I touch the ground by the tube, will the cardboard actually accumulate the negative charges instead of discharging the positive charges to the ground as a result? If this is right, will I get unlimited negative charges from the ground in theory as long as my body is insulated from the ground? so I will accumulate enough volt to lift my hair, please correct me if I am wrong.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks you very much for any suggestions
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