Monday, February 18th, 2008...3:33 pm

My Favorite Birthday Present

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No, I did not just have a birthday.  But I might as well have!  Today I rediscovered one of my all-time favorite birthday presents: my battery powered fly swatter from Taiwan.  It was put away in a hard-to-reach place for the past few years.  And now it is back in my hands, ready for spring!  The electric fly-swatter has brought me so much joy over the years.  It looks like a badminton racket.  There are three layers of wire mesh, the inner one of which is energized when the button on the handle is pressed.  I once saw an imitation product at Brookstone, but my Taiwanese original reigns supreme.

Somehow the 9-volt battery and the mesh configuration produce an amazing zap when any flying bug comes in contact.  Especially meaty flies are left sizzling and glowing after direct contact–I kid you not.  On a summer night, it works well on the porch to get rid of small bugs near the light fixture.  A gentle move of the arm produces dozens of pops.  The most interesting thing is that flies don’t seem as afraid of the electric fly swatter as they do the traditional analog one.  They should be!

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