Originally posted by Rapha
Scientific idea: She is one of the new age indigo children. Gifted and afraid.
Religeously she is one of the nephilim with supernatural powers.
Really? Try to be a little more open-minded and don't assume religious answers, they come in all shapes and sizes and usually don't "answer" anything at all.
I propose a different, scientific answer.
Vietnam's climate is so diverse, it's hard to pinpoint an exact "definition" of an average temperature for them, but we know two things- they go through wet seasons, and dry seasons. The wet seasons begin in May and continue on through November. The dry seasons are from February to April.
Now, these articles were posted at around May 16/17 - yet the event itself was occurring since the past month, during the dry season. Is it all impossible, to presume that because of the dry temperature and falling humidity levels, will increase the chance of static electricity.
A few hints in the article-
An 11-year-old girl in Ho Chi Minh City who reportedly sets things on fire by just being near them will be studied by an expert
Her mattresses, fans and other equipment have burst into flames
Mattresses are made of hair, straw, cotton, foam rubber, or a frame work of metal springs. All of these, with the exception of the rubber, are a factor into increasing a fire from static shock.
The fans, and other electrical equipment, should be obvious - a foreign shock could create an overload and fry the hardware, and sometimes cause a fire. It's the same reason you don't plug too many things into an electrical outlet at once.
The other interesting thing, however, is the streak in her brain. Her brain is electrical signals, so this streak will need some explaining. Still, when she wore the Quartz clip, and the streak disappeared, it may have "grounded" her preventing anymore static discharge.
As far as the obvious question, why isn't this happening more often? Well, it actually does, there are plenty of cases of fires starting this way, but for sake of argument, assume she's the only one in Vietnam doing this - people have different bodily electrical currents. Some are higher, some are lower. I checked my own current once in a class at college about a year ago, and my "resistance" is surprisingly lower than most - meaning if I get shocked, I have a higher chance of survival. Resistance "retains" the current in your body, so with my low resistance, the electricity will flow right through me.
I suspect she has a very high resistance, and is retaining a current through her body. Perhaps with the addition of the dry heat, the materials she is exposed to, and simple chance, these events unfolded. Only time will tell, however, and I could be dead wrong, but I try to deny ignorance as much as I can and I hope you all do the same, instead of just saying "magic powers" - I mean, come on.
edit on 5-6-2012 by Lionhearte because: (no reason given)