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Blue Flash - Key Cleaner - Giggles!!!

Blue Flash - Key Cleaner - Giggles!!!

ML2014Every now and then I see a photo on the internet and it just makes me giggle.  This is one of them... The thought that somebody might follow the hand written directions and stick their key in the outlet is kind of scary, but everybody has got to go through that type of experience at least once in their life.


When I was about 8 years old and living in Highland Park, California I was home alone and up to some creative mischief. I loved to take things apart and then put them back together again. Since everybody was gone I had probably changed my older brother's stereo from FM KLOS to something on the AM dial like 93 KHJ. I remember taking a lamp and cutting into the wires and then twisting on a longer cord.  Plugging it in I still remember seeing the tension on the wires as they came together resulting in a large blue flash and a loud pop. I could smell the smoke, although my yes would not immediately focus on anything as the flash had burned my vision...

LESSON LEARNED - Electricity is a powerful force that deserves our respect. I came away from the experience virtually unscathed and have never made that mistake again.  Wire nuts and electrical tape were invented for a reason and I have used them religiously ever since.


Make it a great day!

Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah

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