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People play with all kinds of stuff on youtube. Here's a guy that has a 30,000a power supply in his house. He uses it to blow stuff (like microwaves and power saws) up on his channel. Photonicinduction
With real people like this, it's easy to see why this story seemed believable.
Why do people post replies to forum posts without reading all the previous posts? Very, very annoying to read answers to questions already answered dozens of times or in this case, expressing sympathy or other thoughts when it is not real.