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Re: TC Question and Discharge Safety - Lightning from Fingers
Original poster: Dave Leddon <dave-at-leddon-dot-com>
Last summer I had a small infestation of yellow jackets (wasp) who were
apparently trying to take up residence in the rafters of my garage. I
happened to have an unused yellow jacket trap which comes with a small vial
of pheromone which is to be applied to a small wad of cotton which is then
placed in the trap. The insects are lured into the trap from which they
cannot escape and eventually expire for lack of sustenance. The only
problem with these traps is that eventually you have to empty them to make
way for fresh victims and some of the critters might not be completely
dead. I know from personal experience that yellow jackets hold a
grudge. Then I heard that voice. You know the voice, the one that says
"Use the coil, Dave". So I placed the doped wad of cotton on top of the
toroid of my six-inch coil and waited. Sure enough, within minutes a wasp
landed on the cotton. I activated the coil and voila, no more wasp. Over
the next hour I must have dispatched a score or more of his compatriots in
similar fashion. I even started getting cocky, waiting until I had at
least two of the little buggers on the toroid before pressing the
button. Talk about playing God (just substitute "golf course" for "wad of
At 08:30 AM 1/4/04 -0700, you wrote:
>Original poster: Bart Anderson <classi6-at-classictesla-dot-com>
>The sad truth is - it died. I'm not in the politically correct crowd. Oh
>boy, got to stop on that. The last thing we need on this list are politics
>(especially my own). BTW, Smeagol is my favorite character! Even bought
>one of those life-size cardboard figures of Smeagol (it's sad, but true).
>FWIW, Terry and I were both bit by Black Widow spiders (my judgement may
>have been affected).
>Tesla list wrote:
>>Original poster: Finn Hammer <f-h-at-c.dk>
>>I would have thought that the spider met the same fate as the zillion
>>sleeping mosquitos that were hibernating in a celler where I ran my coil
>>once: They woke up, and got zapped to an extent where the zooty leftovers
>>from them created a mess.
>>But I have a feeling that you are a friendly guy, Bart. Unlikely to
>>report trivial "spidercide". Or is that: "Phalangidacide".
>>We are living in a funny segment of time:
>>In the start of LOTR "The return of the king" notice how it is avoided to
>>show Smeagol threading that worm on to the hook:
>>"No worms were harmed during the creation of this film"
>>I trust you, Bart, to have a similar comforting end to your little tale.
>>Happy new year to all!
>>Cheers, Finn Hammer
>>Tesla list wrote:
>>>"Original poster: Bart Anderson <classi6-at-classictesla-dot-com>
>>>New Years eve, my son and his girlfriend saw a spider on the ground and
>>>freaked out (daddy longleg). It amazes me how many people have fear of
>>>spiders (oh well). Anyway, I thought I'd see what happened if I placed
>>>on the toroid. Can anyone guess how the spider faired?