Cool, yeah! I'll need to look at it to make total sense of what you're saying, but I think I follow. That would definitely be better than how the other fans are wired (everything to the switch), not that I'm going to fix them...

I did take chunks out of the probes, definitely.

So that makes a little more sense on why I tripped the breaker. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out why connecting two leads at the same potential would do that--it just didn't make sense! But why was I OK, intentionally touching the ground wire and one of the hot wires?

I am the Doctor, and THIS... is my SPOON!