Sunday, November 05, 2006

Glindle Coil

Fuses begat breakers, but Glindle coils begat fuses. They might have lasted longer had they not so easily been shorted out by flies and spiders.


Munchy Crabpup said...

You should know, Al, that the Glindle coil was a monstrous failure when first introduced in 1902. Its inventor, Quixxid P. Glindle, had worked on perfecting it since he had been thrown out of the laboratories of both Edison and Volta. His venture into production lasted only eight years before he gave up and moved to Suffern, where he lived out the rest of his miserable life as Garbage Inspector. The ironic thing, of course, is that one of his last surviving coils was found in the attic of a house purchased by Buford Mudslpat of Quibble Falls, Montana. When Buford plugged the contraption in, it immediately became clogged with flies and spiders, of course, and with a small amount of wiring reconfiguration, Buford successfully marketed the thing as the first modern Bugzapper. He now lives in Palm Springs with his wife and three dogs, all of whom are immensely wealthy. At least that's what it says here.

Al E. Yus said...

My, my. I had no idea. Thank you for your splendid research, Mr. (or Miss, Mrs, or Ms.) Crabpup. I guess I should have looked a bit closer into the history of the little electrical dohickey thingy. If what you say is true, the Glindle Coil I photographed here could be worth a wad of dough. I just tossed it out into the back yard when I was done with it. I will forthwith see if I can recover it. If I can't sell it to a collector of such ephemera, perhaps some entomologist could use it.