There's Something About Mary (1998)
Concept featured in clip: Electricity, Conduction
Location of clip: DVD: 0:45:45 - 0:48:53


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Summary of clip: In this scene, the so-called architect tries to calm the dog down by giving him sleeping pills. However, the dosage is too much and the dog passes out. He tries to revive the dog to no avail. Finally, he takes wires from the lamp and touches them to the dog to give the dog a shock. Then, the dog catches on fire due to the shock.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: This could be a humorous way to introduce electricity by showing how electric currents run through the wire to give a shock. It also touches on safety as students will see how disasters can occur if electricity is not used carefully.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What is causing the dog to be shocked? Where is the electricity coming from? Why does it give such a big shock?

b. What else in the clip uses electricity? What else do you use in your every day life with electricity? Where do you think all this electricity comes from?

c. How is this electric shock similar to what emergency room doctors do to their patients suffering cardiac arrest?

2. One idea is instruct the students to look for how electricity is being used before they watch the clip. They probably will have seen this clip before and this way they would be focusing on the particular concept of electricity.

3. As an assessment you could have students describe the path electricity is using in this scene or write about why it caused the dog to catch on fire. The concept of complete circuit could also be used with this clip.

4. This clip might also induce a student to raise the urban legend of people placing particular pets (generally a cat) into the microwave to dry them. This is an urban legend and can be used as a great segue into pseudo-science, skepticism and being a critical consumer of information.