I'm amazed to learn that Chinese companies are selling "anti-pervert flamethrowers".
A flame-thrower that can hurl a stream of fire half a metre [almost 20"] long is being marketed in China to help women fend off unwanted advances.
The device is being billed on shopping websites as a must-have "anti-pervert weapon" that can be discreetly carried in a ladies’ handbag.
Some are shaped like a cigarette lighter and emit small flames, while others hurl fire for 50cm with temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Celsius (3,300 Fahrenheit).
The flame-throwers sell from about £10 to over £30 [US $13 to over $40] on e-commerce sites, and one vendor boasted to local media how they can "scald or even disfigure an attacker.”
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There is concern that the flame-throwers could become the latest dangerous gadget to become popular in China, following a fad among some children for tiny crossbows which can shoot toothpicks or needles.
Concerns have also been raised that the devices can cause injury to the person carrying them, as the switch can be accidentally turned on while it is in a handbag.
There's more at the link.
I can think of so many ways that would be useful . . .
- Assailed by a gangsta thug with his trousers already halfway down? Talk about an inviting target, right there!
- Jumped at a traffic light by someone trying to stick his hand through your partly-open car window? Those fingers are very vulnerable to a well-placed flame.
- I wouldn't use it for home defense, though. Too much risk of setting your house on fire . . . and you just know your kids are going to get hold of it, somehow, and have all sorts of dangerous fun with it.