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Name that gizmo / round 3

Andy Warhol once said, “People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.”

Do you agree? I agree. Of course, there’s a catch-22 in there somewhere. A non-joiner may become a wildly fascinating human….but since s/he is a non-joiner, will anyone ever truly know s/he is wildly fascinating? If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear, does it really make a sound?

Alice Thomas Ellis said, “There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.”

Do you agree with that one? I don’t, even though it makes me chuckle. I googled Alice, and I think she was a tad ill-disposed. Don’t listen to her.

Aldous Huxley shared, “An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”

Agree? Disagree? Hmmmmmm. I…..think I must….disagree, if only by reason of semantics. Sex and intellect have too much to do with mood. At times I might be more interested in some cerebral topic than sex, but — given another frame of mind — I’d chuck Einstein and his buds out on their intellectual asses in favor of a great ….. ahem.

Anyway.

While you’re pondering those thoughts, ponder another — what’s the gizmo at right made to do?

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Name that gizmo / round 2

Here’s another item I found tucked away at my place. It’s been about 5 years since I used it, and let me tell ya….it really helped release weekday stress! Maybe I should get back into it.

What was I doing?

And for bonus points, which mm commenter was doing it with me?

The story behind round one’s gizmo

Yup, shymntmn and ninja are correct! The gizmo is a happy rechargeable bug sucker which also provides an electrifying zzzzap to any offensive little varmint unlucky enough to be trapped in its telescoping, 24-inch TUBE OF DEATH. If you look at the picture closely, you can see one of the creepy dead things still in the tube.

Before I bought this thing, I had two designated bug glasses–just standard clear drinking glasses that were old and chipped–which I kept under the sink. I’d see a bug (or, way more often, a spider), trap it under the glass, and wait for it to die. This was not ideal because I’d have to look at it for days or perhaps weeks….while getting laughed at quite heartily by anyone who happened to come over. Once, a spider stayed in there forEVER, spinning a scary little complex web before finally shriveling up and kicking his proverbial little bucket. Ewwwwwww!

Once I bought my new townhome, though, I decided I needed a more grownup way of dealing with small, unpleasant visitors — not to mention that my new kittens Ozzy and Blue loved to knock over the container to play fabulous cat-and-bug hunting games. I found the bug-murdering device on the internet and loved that you could wield the sucker and not have to get close to the suckee. And the vile creature would be good an’ dead well before you had to open it to dispose of the body. Perfect!

The only drawback is that, if I’m feeling particularly squeamish on a given “suck & kill” day, I’ll put the sucker back in its holder with the bug still in there. And, sometimes, the bug will bleed loathsome dying-bug-juices and become stuck and won’t just cleanly fall out. That’s why there’s a bug in there now. I’m afraid I’ll have to……to…..uugggghh!

It’s worth noting that freaky mutant spiders will NOT fit. In fact, their hairy-ass nasty torsos would barely fit in the tube, much less their thick, crawly, muscular legs.

Oh, geesh….I am going to have nightmares tonight.

Name that gizmo / round 1

You know how you can walk by something every day, and never really see it? It’s just been there so long that it becomes part of the background. Well, today such an item caught my eye, not to mention my imagination. I’m not sure why I looked at it differently, but after one askew glance and a flit of a little brain rumble, I grabbed my Nikon to take a picture.

Yep, I decided to give myself a giggle by posting it on mm. I might even make it a series….. I’ll bet I could find some other interesting devices sitting around my house. If I’m lucky, I might even find a widget or a doohickey.

So…..what do you think it is?

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