Monday, December 2, 2013
Racquet Sports - São Paulo
The above is a picture of one of my favorite things in Brazil. I will say that it is not actually made in Brazil (China) but that I have only ever seen it here. Then again, I have never been to China, and many other places so what do I know?
This, my readers, is the Frita Insetos (Fry Insects) racquet. It's about the size of a racquetball racquet, takes 2 "AA" batteries and fries bugs like there's no tomorrow. As you swing this thing around (extra points for nice follow-through and more than one insect on a swing), it fries up those mosquitos with the most satisfying zap-bang-of-blue-light-then-sizzle you've ever heard.
My seven-year olds are now allowed to wield it themselves but there are rules of engagement. Only stinging bugs may be killed, and you'd better think twice about trying for a wasp because they seem to only be momentarily stunned before looking around for your bum to take revenge on. Those are stun-and-squash victims.
It's quite a charge in these suckers--trust me, you don't want to test if they are working or not by placing your hand on the metal grid. They're working. The feeling in your fingers will be gone for quite some time. I am guessing that is why these are not available in the US--it is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
In the meantime, for R$15 (US$7) a pop, it may be my favorite Christmas present this year. Remember, it's mosquito season down here...zap, sizzle, happy summer!