As a technician would say, "'Must've been an electrician." Just kidding on that one, but wow, you're very lucky to be around right now. I love my field, never really have to deal too much with AC mains, mainly just low current DC systems.
On another note, I myself (I can't believe I'm saying this) tested to see if an iron was hot, but not with my hand... the area right above my upper lip, yes it was stupid, but late nights + young of age + brilliant idea = very stupified child. Ah, the younger days, oh how I do not miss them.