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There are times in conversation with
people when it would be advantageous to
be able to stretch out your hand and fire
flashes of lightning. Big Van der Graaff
generators could be used but are
incompatible with a modern office
This idea sugests
a simpler approach. As
you stretch out
your right arm, a switch in your left hand
is used to fire a small, heavy projectile
from a compressed air gun hidden in
right jacket sleeve. This trails out behind
a long tube of white, lightweight,
fabric - something like a nylon stocking.
This is attached to your jacket and as this
reaches the limit of its elasticity, three
things happen: First a flashgun fires from
your jacket sleeve, illuminating the whole
tube of fabric from the inside. This is
accompanied by a sharp lightning crack
sound from speakers concealed in your
jacket lapels. Finally, the fabric is
to stop it flicking back at you. After a
configurable delay, a rumbling thunder
sound is played. The overall effect is that
of a streak of lightning.
- "What's the capital of
- "No, that's the capital of Slovakia -
on, isn't it Ljubljana?
sure it's Bratislava"
<SHAZAM!> <FLASH!> <BOOM!>
- "Uh, OK, it's Bratislava"
But Less technology. Which is not the same as ButLess Technology. [bungston, Apr 18 2005]
||What's the capitol of Poland?
||// There are times in conversation with people when it would be advantageous to be able to stretch out your hand and fire flashes of lightning. //
||Heretofore I have been not cognizant of this. So I'm going to make a conscious effort to make note of those opportunitues going forward.
||Thir [hippo] made a coat one day, to emulate the thtorm.
It'th lightening flath, and thunder crath were thure to do no harm.
||Hith co-workerth and employer now paid hith wordth great heed,
for he'd punctuate each point he'd make
with pyrotechnic deed.
||Then came the faithful day when the releathe catch did not work,
and the recoil from the faux bolt thnapped hith head back with a jerk.
||The impact knocked him from hith feet to thprawl the boardroom floor.
Yeth, once he'd held the power of Zeuth...
now he'th jutht tho freaking Thor.
||[2 fries] I am impressed - and strangely moved.
||Best conversation idea ever (except, of course, for the Tumbleweed Dispenser).
||A friend had a pyroflash small enough to conceal in the palm of one's hand. Was remarkably effective, though the overall effect was slightly different (fireball as opposed to lightning).
||And for the record, it's Ljubljana... flew into there for our honeymoon (Hides from lightning bolt).
||I've got one of those pyroflash devices, too. Pity flash paper is so expensive... but anyhow, I'd love one of these too.
||It brings to mind the Wizard Tim from the Holy Grail.
||make it like the robe the empire from star wars wears and you'll have the ultimate in nerd apparell