The people who can turn streetlights off just by walking byEsther Inglis-Arkell2/08/13 8:00pmFiled to: DebunkerySlidersStreet light interferenceCyclingSciencetweetFb144EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkEver had a streetlight go out, or come on, just as you walk under it? Most people have, and yet it's so consistently seen as a strange and selective occurrence that it has earned its own name (Street Light Interference Syndrome), a group of people who claim to do it on cue, and an actual physical explanation.Earlier this week we talked about the Pauli Effect, named for the famous theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli, who seemed to break experimental equipment just by approaching a lab. A commenter mentioned the weird phenomenon of streetlights seeming to turn off whenever they went by. This is a common enough phenomenon that almost everyone has had it happen to them at one time or another. Some people claim not only that it happens to them more often, but that it is triggered by them, or their emotions. These people even have a name, SLIders, for Street Light Interference syndrome.