Long ago, a greek scientist and philosipher named Thales, rubbed a piece of amber with a silk cloth. For a reason unkown to Thales, the piece of amber attracted bits and pieces of grass, feathers and even cork. Thales was amazed, but we know now that this is static electricity. The greek word for amber was elektron, and in due time, the mysterious force of the amber would be commonly known as electricity. This is how we now know about static electricity.