7/10/09

The Backyard Flamethrower

Who trims their yard using a freaking flamethrower? I'm sure the ad is accurate in stating that it incinerates weeds... and, I'm guessing by the picture, also small animals and children. This is a weapon, not a garden tool! Did they throw in a free bottle of Napalm with a purchase?

I can't help but be reminded of a scene from Spaceballs...

"Moichandising! Moichandising! Where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs: the T-shirt, Spaceballs: the Coloring Book, Spaceballs: the Lunchbox, Spaceballs: the Breakfast Cereal. Spaceballs: the Flame Thrower!"

BTW: The ad is from a July 1970 issue of Popular Mechanics

15 comments:

  1. Shouldn't she be drinking while using her "Flame Gun"?

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  2. "Spaceballs: The Flamethrower. The kids love these!"

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  3. I would kill to have one of those.

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  4. Completely harmless! I'm sure. Is that a 12-year-old girl operating that thing? At the bottom of the ad it says they have a whole catalog of "unique gifts". I'd love to have that catalog! By the way, check out this like for the Sheen X300.

    http://www.blueworldgardener.co.uk/store/product_info.php?products_id=851

    They even have a video.

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  5. I'll be damn, capewood. It's a modern day version of the weed killer/deadly blow torch. It proudly proclaims that it emits "a 2000 degree Fahrenheit flame".

    What kind of weeds are so indestructable you need a 2000 degree flamethrower? I use a few squirts of Round-Up and they're gone.

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  6. "This season do your weeding without bending"....and without your house and kids, after you've incinerated them along with your weeds. But at least the ground will be sterilized and insect free.

    Not only should she be drinking while using the flame gun, but smoking too. While the kids play lawn darts.

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  7. Ohhhh I laughed so hard - Facebooked it, Stumbled it, saved image - thank you so much!!!

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  8. AnonymousJuly 11, 2009

    My father had one of these! Yepper, melted ice and killed weeds and set the back yard on fire. After that it sat in a corner of the garage and during one of the once per decade clean-outs it disappeared.

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  9. Hahaa. I'm guessing the genius that invented that also invented Jarts.

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  10. Thanks for the compliment mama bear! And how hilarious that anonymous' dad had one... and caught the backyard on fire! LOL

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  11. I would love to have one of those. So awesome!

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  12. MoldyapplesJuly 12, 2009

    They still make these!

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91037

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  13. Gilligan,

    I was in Denmark in 1999 or 2000, and saw a gardener using a device like this to burn up weeds. Denmark bills itself as the environmental capital of the world, and stuff like Round Up is verboten.

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  14. I DO have one of these, given to me by my husband one Christmas. It's excellent for persistent weeds in sidewalk cracks. The thing doesn't actually set fresh green weeds on fire; rather, it drives out all the water in the plant, effectively boiling it alive. It's a non-toxic method that's amusing as all get-out.

    http://www.groworganic.com/item_PWC540_Sievert_Gardener_Flamer.html?welcome=T&theses=5178136

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  15. Obviously for the same families who played "Jarts!"

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