Size: Fly Swatter
Recorded: July 2016
Found: Libtyville, Illinois, USA
Made: United States
Material: Plastic and Circuitry
Libertyville is a classic mid-American time. It looks like a great place to use as a setting for a 1950s alien invasion, which is why I wasn’t surprised when I found a ray gun on a guy’s desk as we were transacting business.
Turns out it’s NOT a toy, and it’s actually a way to do something safely. It’s also something many people would have at home, but only if they were hobbyists. This man was a professional.
It doesn’t shoot anything.
It actually gets shot at, sort of.
It’s a coil tester for a car’s engine. The coil emits high voltage to the spark plugs, which spark and cause the small explosions that make the car move. That high voltage is dangerous, so it’s hard to troubleshoot. This device lets the mechanic see the firing pattern as flashes in the handle of the gun, so any misfires can be diagnosed. The flappy part in the end is what picks up the voltage from the coil.
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