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->''"If there's one thing I know about radios and dryers, you'' never ''use them around baths or showers!"''
-->-- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6DXkVY8fzs Louie the Lightning Bug]]'''

Someone drops a mundane electric appliance (classically a toaster) into a bathtub or other pool of water lying around. A classic way to attempt [[DeadlyBath murder]] or [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] in the movies.

Fictional depictions are much flashier than the real thing, with arcs of electricity and bright flashes many seconds long and the complete shorting-out of electrical service to the entire building. In RealLife, though, the resulting electric current is momentary and nearly invisible and likely would just trip the nearest circuit breaker or fuse - but ''grabbing'' the electric device while in the bathtub would be just as lethal in real life as the trope is in fiction. This is also a victim to TechnologyMarchesOn. It was much more common in the past when most bathtubs had copper piping; however, as more and more homes have PVC plastic plumbing, most tubs aren't grounded and electrocution is less likely. Though if you think this might be a good idea, please [[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention call someone and talk to them before you do it.]]

Just one of the many ways that a character can [[DeadlyBath die in a bath]].

This is a Subtrope to HighVoltageDeath.

'''NOTE:''' Since this trope can lead to a character getting killed, expect spoilers below.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Electricity and water is used as a weapon of murder in ''CaseClosed''; the police were almost going to write it off as an accident until Conan noticed that something was off.
** Or rather, something didn't quite.. [[IncrediblyLamePun plug in]].. right.
* The second ''ElfPrincessRane'' episode shows Mr. Yumenokata getting shocked from using an electric shaver while taking a bath.
* The first episode of ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'', ('''[[Recap/LupinIIIS1E1 "Is Lupin Burning... ?!"]]''') has Lupin creating a large-scale version of this to take out the leaders of the Scorpion Clan, and rescue Fujiko.
* In ''MiraiNikki'', Fifth almost killed Yuno this way, and was only prevented from doing so by Yukki cutting the electricity to the entire house.
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[[folder:Board games]]
* ''TabletopGame/SovietSystem'' has a card allowing its drawer to climb a rank thanks to "his skills in bathroom electricity".
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' once had a guy who kept [[TooDumbToLive his pet electric eel]] in the bathroom, where it could easily fall into the bathtub if knocked over.
* In ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'', it's revealed that Secret was originally killed by this method.
* In ''Fido Dido'', a character has an idea while taking a bath, causing an IdeaBulb to appear over her head. Just then a [[InnerMonologue smaller version of her]] appears, and says, "Hey, that's dangerous!" so the bulb disappears, and is replaced with a flashlight. "That's better."
* DC caused an almighty InternetBackdraft after [[http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/123898-dc-releases-script-for-harley-quinn-contest-internet-outraged.html staging a contest to find a new artist]] by getting contestants to draw HarleyQuinn about to commit suicide this way. [[ItMakesSenseInContext The actual context of the panel]] made it a bit better since it was meant to be a [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth-wall breaking]] ImagineSpot where the writers had misunderstood what SuicideSquad meant, but it was still a case of DudeNotFunny and the panel was ultimately cut from the final comic.
* In the graphic novel ''ComicBook/BlackCanary and ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}: Bloodspell'', the ghost of a gang leader is possessing the bodies of the gang members who betrayed her and forcing them to commit suicide. One of her victim takes a plunge into a swimming pool along with a number of electrical devices.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Used in the under-appreciated classic Creator/{{Troma}} film ''Film/{{Buttcrack}}''.
* ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''. The nerdy character experiences this as a zombie tackles him and pushes him into the tub while he's using a blow drier to dry his hair. Strangely, the electricity doesn't disturb the security camera that's watching him the whole time. Also, it wasn't like the shock could hurt him anymore, since he ''was'' in the middle of being mawed by a zombie anyway.
* This was how Debbie Jellinsky attempts to kill Fester in ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family Values]]''. Fester being ''Fester'' (the TV series had him lighting a bulb in his mouth, a gag actually used here), it doesn't work.
** Leads to FridgeLogic when she later tries to kill him with an electric chair. (Especially since Fester would in the TV series strap himself in one to "recharge".
*** And Wednesday electrocuted Pugsley in the first film.
* Bill Murray attempts suicide by tub and toaster in ''Film/GroundhogDay''. Like with [[GroundhogDayLoop all his other suicide attempts]], he gets better.
* Chucky does it to his girlfriend in ''[[Film/ChildsPlay Bride of Chucky]]''.
** In an earlier draft of the original ''Film/ChildsPlay'' this was how the babysitter was suppose to die
* Mel Gibson's character in ''WhatWomenWant'' is almost killed by this, but instead ends up with the power to read the minds of women.
* The teaser to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', including Sean Connery giving the expected BondOneLiner.
* Done in ''Film/TheRing''.
** Particularly noteworthy, since rather than just drop an active, mundane electronic device into a bathtub, he sets up a rather complicated metal harness connected to ''numerous'' devices, steps into the bathtub, and then switches it on. The result is also more realistic, as it causes the lighting to intermittantly short out, and much convulsion and a ''lot'' of blood.
* One character in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' has a penchant for RubeGoldbergDevice suicide attempts, one culminating in an Electrified Bathtub.
* According to WordOfGod, this later happens to the man who spends the whole of ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' watching TV in the bath.
* In ''Film/TheAstronautsWife'' (''RosemarysBaby'' [[RecycledINSPACE with aliens]]), the wife of one of the astronauts commits suicide this way, after her husband dies of a stroke. When the main character confronts her alien-possessed husband, she's standing with her feet in water dripping down from the sink, preparing to commit suicide the same way... [[spoiler:and after confirming that he's been possessed, water pours down from above, as she's left the tub and sink on the other floor on, causing him to be electrocuted instead]]... ItMakesSenseInContext. But too bad [[spoiler:this frees up the alien to possess her instead]].
* One of the traps in ''{{Saw}} V''.
* In ''TheRoyalTenenbaums'', Etheline is concerned about her daughter, Margot, watching TV in the bath. Margot ''does'' at least have the TV tied up so it doesn't fall in.
* In ''Film/EatingRaoul'' this technique is used on a hot tub filled with swingers.
* A bizarre variation occurs in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105434/ Snake Eater 3]]'': Soldier (Lorenzo Lamas) electrifies a biker perp's ''toilet bowl'', killing the biker as he relieves his bladder. [[GroinAttack Ouch!]]
* Done with a dildo in ''SlumberPartyMassacreIII''.
* During the prison riot scene in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', Rorschach kills one of the inmates by breaking a toilet on him and then letting the water reach an exposed wire near the wet guy.
* The same principle is used is ''WristcuttersALoveStory'', except instead of throwing an appliance into liquid, Eugene throws liquid (a beer) onto an appliance (his guitar) for a rock'n'roll suicide. Works just as well, apparently.
* In ''StayTuned'', while the main characters are stuck as cartoon mice and being chased after a robotic cat, they lead it into a bathtub and throw a hair drier into it.
* Subverted in ''Film/HouseOf9'', Francis attempts to kill Lea by ripping a light fixation while Lea washes her hands and drop it into the sink. Lea is shocked and knocked out, but awakens later.
* The ditzy female serial killer in ''Film/{{Neighbor}}'' ties a girl up, puts her in a bathtub, and throws a hair dryer in, but it fails to kill the victim. When next shown, the bath is now full of random appliances and electronics (including an entire television) and the victim still isn't dead. The killer decides to just drown her.
* ''[[Film/CabinByTheLake Return to Cabin by the Lake]]'': In the climax, Allison tries to kill Stanley by knocking him into a bathtub and then throwing in a blowdryer. She ultimately relents because [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim she doesn't want to become a killer like him]] and alerts the police who just arrived on the scene, [[spoiler:but this just gives Stanley a chance to escape and disappear forever.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The protagonist in the Creator/StephenKing short story ''[[Literature/JustAfterSunset A Very Tight Place]]'' uses this trope when he confronts his would-be murderer, tossing an electric hair-dryer into the man's lap while he's sitting in his jacuzzi. It turns out to be just a psychological attack, as the dryer's not plugged in.
* The title character in Harlan Ellison's ''Jeffty is Five''. The protagonist doesn't realize until it's too late that [[spoiler:Jeffty's mother deliberately propped the radio by the tub precariously enough that it would tip into the tub as soon as Jeffty changed the channel.]]
* This is the cause of death/murder method in the Carter Dickson mystery [[spoiler:''The Reader is Warned.'']]
* In the [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]] novel ''Blood Rites'', an actress is nearly killed when a huge industrial light falls into the puddle created after a burst of scalding water causes her to fall through and break a glass shower door. Yes, someone was trying to kill her.
* William F. Buckley Jr at one time when he needed a murder method for his BlackfordOakesSeries discussed methods with an electrical expert. I believe the letters did speculate the actual use of a bathtub. However in the end, in ''Stained Glass'' it was an electric booby-trap inside a cathedral that was undergoing a massive restoration (and thus had plenty of stray wiring to blame) that did the deed. It's been a long time since I read the letter I am referring to so I am not sure I am accurate.
* In ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', Dr. Gonzo asks Raoul Duke to do this during the high point of JeffersonAirplane's "White Rabbit," believing that it will get him the ultimate high. Raoul flings a grapefruit instead (though he doesn't bounce it off his head like in the movie), unplugs the radio (leaving it to run on its harmless batteries), and then gets the hell out before Dr. Gonzo can realize what happened. When he gets up the nerve to check, Gonzo's started to come down from his trip.
* Used as a murder attempt in Creator/ChristopherPike's ''The Graduation''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', the heroes shock Cameron into reset mode (after her brief FaceHeelTurn in the second-season opener) with a clock radio hidden in a baptismal font.
* A woman died in the teaser of the ''SixFeetUnder'' episode "An Open Book" when her cat knocked her electric hot rollers into the tub.
* ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' uses this.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}''.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' (the 1950's TV show with George Reeves), a gullible rich person is told by a phony psychic (hired by the rich guy's heirs) that he would chase away the EvilSpirits around him if he stepped into a bathtub while holding a live electrical cable. Superman saved him (of course).
* The cliff-hanger of one story on ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had the Penguin and his mooks electrify a swimming pool and were going to throw Chief O'Hara (who's locked in a trunk) in.
* In "Mr. Series/{{Monk}} Gets Cabin Fever", Kathy Willowby kills her husband Martin by dropping a radio into the tub while he's bathing, then freezes the body and puts it out in the boat the next night so that it looks like Martin got struck by lightning while fishing on the lake.
** And in "Mr. Monk and the Big Game", Julie's basketball coach Lynn Hayden is killed in an electrified shower.
* Happened once in ''Series/{{CSI}}'', with the suicide variant. Or so it appears at first glance...
** And in ''CSIMiami'', as a murder. Justified in that the circuit breaker didn't work as the victim put herb salt (?) in the bath water.
** And in ''CSINewYork'', where... ''*GlassesPull*'' it's complicated.
*** '''[[MemeticMutation YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!]]'''
* Subverted in ''BlackBooks''. Manny is making toast in the bath ([[TooDumbToLive while using a hair dryer at the same time]]). When he's applying the jam (which is in a soap dispenser) to the toast and attaching it to a Rube Golderberg -esque device designed to deliver it to Bernard, he accidentally knocks the hairdyer into the tub. He proceeds to take it out, comment, "That was lucky" and continue using it. There may be a radio by the bath too.
* Tested by ''Series/MythBusters'', [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters who confirmed it]]. However, they also showed that a working Ground Fault Interrupter will cut the power to an appliance in time. Appliances without [=GFI=]s, on the other hand, will kill, which is an issue because the overwhelming majority of small appliances don't have [=GFI=]s. They didn't test [=GFI=]s built into power outlets (required for new bathroom construction by several building codes), but presumably they'd work the same way - but a murderer could simply plug the appliance into an outlet in another room using a cheap extension cord.
* In the ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Double Shock", the killer uses an electric mixer.
* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "A Lesson in Evil", the Hannibal Lecter-esque Dr. Zito sets a trap for Mac by restraining a hapless victim ([[ThereAreNoTherapists his own therapist, who he had succeeded in convincing he was "cured"]]) in a bathtub, attaching an electric heater on top and leaving the water running.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Prison guard Claire Howell murders inmate Nikolai Stanislofsky this way, after first giving him some hand relief.
* Used in an episode of ''Franchise/PerryMason''.
* [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] on ''Series/{{Life}}'': When facing a hitmanwoman (sic) who [[MacGyvering kills using household materials]], Charlie thinks that a bathtub was rigged to be electrified as a backup plan to murder the victim in case the murderer's Plan A failed. Bobby says that it's a myth because the circuit breaker would prevent the electrocution from taking place. Charlie then tests this claim by throwing a TV into the bathtub. The TV explodes after hitting the water, and the power for the entire building goes out. They then realize that the killer had circumvented the circuit breaker as well.
* Used in an early episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* Used in an episode of the 1994 revival of ''Series/BurkesLaw'', entitled "Who Killed the Starlet?" A woman is the bath while listening to some music, when a killer sneaks in and drops her boombox into the bathtub, killing her. It turns out that the killer and lady are merely actors on a movie set, and they're filming a murder scene. [[NotSoFakePropWeapon Then it turns out the boombox had been plugged into a live outlet by an unknown party, and the actress in the bathtub really ''is'' dead.]]
* Shower variant in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - Buffy is set up to shut off the water in a locker room shower just as the puddle reaches a live wire. She sees the trap and jumps out just in time, with only static-frazzled hair to show for it (which concerns her quite a bit).
** Buffy is given a malfunctioning Initiative taser in TheUriahGambit set up by Prof. Walsh -- she throws it into a pool of water in which a demon is standing.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': "Unauthorized Obituary"
* Parodied in a Scenes From a Hat segment on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. "A nice bath and some toast."
* ''Series/TheMentalist'': In "Scarlet Ribbons", a security guard is found dead in his bathtub with a hairdryer dropped into it.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Partners in Crime", the killer pushes a boombox into the hot tub of the first BodyOfTheWeek. This does not kill her but stuns her so the killer can hold her head underwater till she drowns.
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[[folder:Music]]
* NoDoubt's video for "It's My Life": Gwen Stefani, in the guise of a [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} Jazz Age murderess]], dispatches drummer Ade Young this way.
* The Alkaline Trio song ''Radio'' recounts an ex-girlfriend with the chorus "I wish you would take my radio to bathe with you, plugged in and ready to fall"
* The culmination of the tryst depicted in 'Digital Bath' by {{Deftones}}.
* Blink-182's "Adam's Song" starts with this.
-->"I traced the cord back to the wall. No wonder, it was never plugged in at all."
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Some of the later Radio Gradittis on ''[[Radio/TrueCapitalist True Capitalist Radio]]'' had Ghost wishing this on the [[DepravedBisexual T]][[AnythingThatMoves ub]] [[SophisticatedAsHell G]][[EvilBrit u]][[SitcomArchNemesis y]]. He specifically said that Tub Guy should use a toaster, no less.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Rum Rogers Sr. in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' dies in a bathtub thanks to his habit of bathing while eating toast. [[spoiler:In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' Lechuck reveals that he killed him there, and made it look like an accident.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', any Splicer in the same water will instantly die if you hit them with an electric shock. Killing a Splicer in this manner unlocks an achievement called "Toaster in the Tub".
* In ''VideoGame/UrbanChaosRiotResponse'', during one of the [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway hostage situations]], a [[FacelessGoon burner]] will use a reporter as a human shield. When you successfully shoot him, he will fall backwards into a conveniently filled bathtub and said reporter will then drop a television on top of the guy ("Fry you bastard!") as payback.
* One of the installments of ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series even had this move on advertisement posters. And indeed, in one mission this is the possible, and indeed advisable for a "true", never-seen never-recognized, killer, way to assassinate one of your targets.
** Taking into account how difficult it would be to kill ''yourself'' this way, however, doing this won't be counted as an "accident".
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has a few skeletons found in the bathtub, as they were likely killed upon the bombs falling, this means many of them died in the tub. However, a rare few apparently died afterwards. A few can be found with a toaster in the bathtub with them. Although really, if you're going to choose between semi-instant frying by toaster assisted suicide or waiting for your flesh to fall off from radiation, fry my problems away.
** Electrified toilets are a common {{booby trap}}.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'', you can use this to kill hostile creatures in bodies of water, or Maxwell if you don't make sure he's safe.
* The Disney game ''VideoGame/NightmareNed'' has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq0pmg0gjg8 whole song]] about this. The level it appears on requires you to leap from bathtub to bathtub and avoid getting shocked in the process.
* In ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008'', there are some points where you have to pull electric cables out of the water so you can traverse through the area without getting zapped.
* Multiple puzzles in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' involve a large pool of water in contact with live wires. Gordon must shut off the power source or else suffer severe damage should he find himself swimming.
* Using a LightningGun in the water in ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' discharges all of your ammo into the surrounding area. Damage scales exponentially; one cell (out of a maximum possible of 100) will be a small hit. Ten cells will viciously maim you. Twenty or more cells will gib the player and anything nearby.
* One puzzle in ''SilentHill3'' has you drop a hair dryer in a sewer main to kill [[BrokenBridge a monster guarding a bridge]].
* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. Raven is perfectly aware that he'll get electrocuted if he goes in a hot spring [[spoiler:because of his blastia heart]]. When Yuri brings it up to him, he simply says that it's WorthIt.
* One of the characters in ''Videogame/{{Lucius}}'' dies when Lucius drops a hairdryer into her bathtub.
* In ''SoldierOfFortune II'', you kill Domingo Sanchez by blowing a fuse box while he's standing in a puddle of water.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2008/06/toast/ Invoked]] in ''AmazingSuperPowers'', though it's unclear whether they did it or poor Wade later died of something else. See also AltText and the hidden comic.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'': Joker murders [[spoiler:the best man at Harleen's wedding]] this way.
** It's actually a ''[[CameraAbuse camera]]'' (still filming!) in the bathtub.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic
** He chooses this method when he's DrivenToSuicide during his review of ''ThePebbleAndThePenguin''.
** He makes another reference to the act in his "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard" special.
-->''Is this a pep talk? Because pep talks are supposed to make you feel peppy, not make you want to take a shower with a FUCKING TOASTER!''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Done on ''{{Sealab 2021}}'' in the episode "Waking Quinn". Stormy drops a high powered hair dryer into a pool which electrocutes Quinn, causing him to experience lots of odd hallucinations. He did it [[HanlonsRazor not out of malice, but out of stupidity]]. Later, when Quinn wakes up, Stormy tries to revive him with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]] (by putting it directly in the water, away from Quinn himself), then shows him his "bitchin'" homemade Tesla coil.
** In a later episode, Sparks kills Murphy by dropping the same Tesla coil into the jacuzzi Murphy is sitting in. However, because of the slow speed of the aforementioned visible arcs of electricity, [[spoiler:Murphy lives long enough to take Sparks down with him]].
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has a nightmare of falling into a bathtub full of water.
* Happens to Characters/DonaldDuck in the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''How to Have an Accident in the Home''.
* Hilariously attempted by Dale in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' to Hank when he heard he had an EroticDream about his wife. Dale ran in with a toaster in hand, but forget it was still plugged, so he just tripped and fell before he could make it.
** It gets better, he then asks Hank if he can [[TooDumbToLive BORROW HIS EXTENSION CORD!]]
* On the season one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "A Hero Sits Next Door," (it's the episode that introduces the Swansons, for those who haven't seen ''Family Guy'''s first season) when Peter mentioned how much he hated new neighbors because they always borrow his stuff and never return it, the scene cuts to a man about to commit suicide in a bath with a toaster (implied to be one of the many things he lent to his neighbor and hasn't seen since).
** [[BrickJoke During the next scene]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice the lights in the Griffin household flicker]].
** In "Mom's the Word", one of Stewie's suicide attempts involves the toaster-in-the-bathtub routine, but it backfires when he becomes a toast-themed superhero as a result.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Fatal Contraption" when the new jealous appliance destroys the toaster by throwing it a piece of bread to chase in which said piece of bread falls into the sink so that the toaster follows it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Interestingly, water in its pure form won't readily act as a conductor. In fact water is a pretty good insulator. Unfortunately, water is also a great solvent...this means that there's almost always some minerals and/or other salts dissolved within. It's these salts that readily conduct electricity. Even if you took a bath in pure H2O, the moment you dipped your toe in the tub, the salts and other contaminants on you skin have doomed your fate!
* Thomas Merton died this way. Conspiracy theories abound.
* The same can be said of French singer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_François Claude François]].
** Who won a [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1994-28.html Darwin award]] for it.
* Flavia Boricea, a teenage girl from Romania died from [[TooDumbToLive using twitter on a laptop while in the bathtub.]]
** Another teen died from dropping a hair dryer in the tub.
* One method of execution by the Nazis involved lowering a group of prisoners on a metal plate into a vat of water, then running current through it. Then the apparatus was raised out of the water and electrified again to burn the corpses.
* [[http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=127862 This]] murder attempt. Fortunately for the woman, she tossed out the radio in time and survived.
* This is actually a common hazard for live performing musicians, especially when the set/venue/etcetera involves a pool or fountain or other large body of water and/or it's raining. Since vocalists (and to a lesser degree guitarists) might not exactly remember they are holding a highly charged electrical object when they decide to jump into the pool/run out from under the canopy/etcetera, people have almost died doing this - the only thing saving them being someone grabbing their mic or guitar or kicking it loose from power before they hit the water.
* Also a hazard for photographers: batteries on modern camera gear can easily charge it up enough to deliver a fatal shock if the photographer falls into water. In at least one incident caught on video, a photographer at a wedding aiming for a better shot forgot to look behind him and fell into a fountain - the only thing making it not fatal was that someone grabbed his camera gear from him using a strap of his backpack.
* There was a case in Austria in the late 1980s where a wife tried to kill her husband by throwing a running hairdryer into the bathtub he was sitting in. The residual current circuit breaker did its job and saved the man's life. The manufacturer of the circuit breaker quoted the incident in their advertising to prove the high quality of their product, which just goes to show that the ability to make quality electric parts is not always paired with good taste.
* According to both HunterSThompson and other friends of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the bathtub scene in ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' was loosely based on an actual event, though it didn't take place during either of their trips to Las Vegas.
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