Despite parental advice, here's a good reason to sit in in a dark room and think small. This Plasma Storm isn't as large as a standard plasma ball, so not only is it much more affordable -- the effect is concentrated and startling. The black plastic base has a switch. Turn it on at which point the 3" dia plastic globe (think baseball size) is filled with blue stems that flare to pink, looking like dozens of electric flowers searching for a way out. Very cool. Comes with a 6-ft power cord with transformer.
This sinister device seems at first glance to be an innocent ping-pong ball. Touch both of the metal strips on the weighted bottom, however, and a circuit closes, making the ball flash red and moan eerie electronic sounds. Can be used to illustrate the idea of an electric circuit to children-show how electricity can flow through a chain of people holding hands, or that a little dampness can improve conductivity, et cetera. Powered with two watch batteries (included) so there is no danger of shock.
When it's your bat, they have to let you play. Better bring the gyroscopic Batwing Flyer". This 2-3/8" dia rubber ball has a spinning gyro center and 9-1/2" long molded rubber bat wings. Practice with it a little (it's a bit like throwing a slider) and you can throw it like a ball and watch it fly like a bat. Complete with little bat eyeballs.
This genuine steel lunchbox in black and blue features Edgar Allan Poe in his embossed glory. Box is the traditional 8" x 7" x 4" with a handle and a bonus puffy Poe key fob. Carries excerpts from The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart on the sides to read at lunch. ("I felt that I must scream or die!") Carry your tuna sandwiches in it or put it in the garage for 75 years so your great-grandchildren can get rich on Antiques Roadshow.
Perfectly suitable for all your non-professional ping-pong-ball applications. These guys are white-ish, with a visible seam, and are 37mm in dia, as opposed to the standard 40mm or the former standard 38mm professional ping-pong balls. Priced so you can buy enough to do any number of clever things with them.
Squishy foam-filled spherical fun. You pick from the 4" dia baseball, basketball or soccer ball, all made for nearly damage-free indoor amusement. If you're too busy for sports, keep them on your desk and use them as stress balls.
When you're in a restaurant and the kids are climbing the walls, don't worry if they don't have these 4-packs of nontoxic crayons--(1) each in red, green, orange and blue--to keep 'em occupied. Just whip out your own. That's what Applebee's® would do. (Dougie gets them every time we take him there!) Now that we've got their surplus crayon boxes, you can get enough for birthday favors, a classroom, or (15) tantrums. Maybe you'd better double up on the order.
This white panel-mount latching (push on, push off) SPST switch is rated for 1A at 250V, and has a pair of set-screw terminals. Measures 1" x 1/2" x 1/4" dia with a 1/4" long x 3/8" threaded shaft. Terminals are 3mm ID. UL
This SPST latching (push on, push off) pushbutton switch reminds CJ of a cathedral radio cabinet, which means he's no spring chicken, or else he's just nostalgic. But they are indeed pretty retro looking. Rated for 11A at 110VAC and 6A at 220VAC. A pair of right-angle quick-disconnects are on the back. Measure 1-3/8" deep x 1-1/8" wide x 1-1/2" tall with a 5/8" dia button with flattened sides. No obvious way to mount them, but a clever person will figure something out. UL.
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