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PostSubject: SLI   Mon 24 Sep 2007, 4:49 am

Does anyone recall something called SLI (Street Light Interference)? You don't hear much about it these days.
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PostSubject: Re: SLI   Fri 28 Sep 2007, 6:31 am

I have not heard much about it recently but it seemed quite popular in the early nineties. Basically some people often referred to as SLIder's (I believe Hilary Evans came up with the name) report that they interfere with outside lighting on a regular basis, just by passing within a certain distance of the light. They claim that their presence either turns the light on or off. I personally never looked into the subject.
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PostSubject: Re: SLI   Fri 28 Sep 2007, 7:06 am

I read somewhere a while ago that it was linked to the use of sodium bulbs (now being phased out) in street lamps. Rather like a domestic fluorescent light tube, when a sodium bulb is nearing the end of its life it requires more voltage to operate and will thus flicker on and off now and again.

So, it would seem that someone would walk nearby a sodium street lamp coming to the end of its life and would assume that they are somehow responsible for the flickering effect.
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PostSubject: Re: SLI   Tue 09 Oct 2007, 4:10 pm

This happend to Ian, Alison, Mic and myself whilst walking back from the all you can eat Chinese in Carlisle a few weeks ago. Just one lamp by the way but it actually made us start talking about it.

But Don, i do remember seeing something on the telly about it ages ago, some bloke on camera walked down a street and the lights went off one after another as he walked passed them. Maybe it was true or maybe he had a mate in the council that had set the timers different so when he walked passed them at a certain time they switched off.

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PostSubject: Re: SLI   Wed 10 Oct 2007, 2:53 am

Hilary Evans and The SLI Effect - a whole book is out there on the subject! I think this effect must be well known, as how else to explain the scary hospitals I see in movies where the lights go out in sequence as the young nubile heroine walks down the corridors... I think it deserves testing out more!

But i DO recall as a kid being told about the SLI effect and trying it out. Can't recall if it worked, but even as an urban legend, it's a great little puzzler. I wonder what other strange theories we can think up.

Maybe we need to think up an effect, spread the story and then see if people witness it as well!
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PostSubject: Re: SLI   Wed 10 Oct 2007, 6:54 am

I seem to remember we mused about Shopping Trolley Phenomena and Old Boot Phenomena.......how come they keep appearing abandoned by the roadside with no witnesses. There was also Grass Circles and how when they appear in the middle of a road, they force the road to bend and go around them. Many a msyetry has been invented whilst supping fine real ales Very Happy Some of them more believable than SLI, such as CLI (Candle Light Interference) Smile
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PostSubject: Re: SLI   Wed 10 Oct 2007, 12:49 pm

Somewhere in the in that dark, damp bit of my mind i seem to recall the CLI effect and the amount of beer needed to make it work Laughing
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