Okay. Thanks all.
Van de graaff sounds fun and probably what I'm after. It involved confusing the sense of direction in insects by blocking the earths magnetic field and such.
Pretty dry stuff.
The results were something akin to lessened directional instincts within a faraday cage. Returned directional instincts within a grounded faraday cage. Above average directional ability when 5000 volts was added to the cage. (Added/applied... I cannot recall what was written?).
Just trying to understand the mechanics of something I had read but that's not a physics question. I am not making any claims or promoting that thought. I am just trying to grasp how he could have had a 5000v external energy without shorting everything. I was ignoring static electricity.