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December 12, 2007

Marie was Curious..

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Identify the controversial device in 2 and connect to 1.

Huge bunch of people got this one. Namely bobo , Shreyas , teju , shenoyvarun86 , Dibyo , varun , Vinay S , Shiva , Keerthi Kiran M , Vinod P.V , shivathilak , udupendra , vaibhav008 , jayanth , Madan , Lord Jim , Lord Jim , Gammafunction , Archana , prasanth , Mahesh , Shakeel , Tathagata Chatterjee , yaksha , BiGFooT and Abhishek . Others were close, but not close enough for a cookie :)

Answer:

2 is a TASER, supposed to be a non-lethal weapon which is used by police in US and Canada (maybe in other countries too). It has been in news recently for killing people who were TASER’ed.

1 is Victor Appleton’s book “Tom Swift and his Motorcycle”. TASER basically expands to “Thomas A Swift’s Electronic Rifle”, which was a reference to Tom Swift’s stun gun. Jack Cover was inspired by Tom Swift’s stun gun and created the TASER .

Tom Swift is one of the most prolific inventors in the fictional world and many people with the likes of Steve Wozniak have been impressed by this dude.


28 Responses to “Marie was Curious..”

  1. Tom A. Swift Electric Rifle.

    hence, TASER.


  2. Shreyas

    Connect is Tom Swift
    1. Tom Swift novel
    2. TASER gun…which stands for Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle, named after the character.


  3. teju
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    The device is the X26 taser. A Taser is an electroshock weapon meant to stun a targeted subject from a distance.
    The connection to 1 maybe “Drive Stun”. Taser defines “Drive Stun” as “the process of using the EMD weapon as a pain compliance technique. This is done by activating the EMD and placing it against an individual’s body


  4. The Book is tom swift and his motorcycle,the weapon is a TASER(electro shock weapon) which is used to stun a suspect
    Taser=Thomas A Swifts Electric Rifle

    http://engineeringethicsblog.b.....nyone.html


  5. Dibyo
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    1. Tom Swift’s first book
    2. TASER

    TASER is supposed to spell out ‘Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle’

    too google-able, if you ask me. but nice question.


  6. varun

    2 is a taser gun playfully dubbed “thomas a swifts electric rifle”. 1 is the cover of the book “tom swift and his motorcycle”.
    taser is an electro shock weapon used by police officers to subdue people by disrupting superficial muscle functions. A video of a student, andrew meyers being tased became an instant sensation on youtube and had raised a great public outcry.


  7. Vinay S

    The device is a TASER or an electric Stun Gun.

    Its manufacturing was started by a company named TASR, inspired by the Electric Rifle used by the character named Tom Swift in Appleton’s 1911 Book “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle”, using which he hunts elephants.

    In Tom Swift’s very words
    “(It works) by means of a concentrated charge of electricity, which is shot from the barrel with great force. You can’t see it, yet it is there. It’s just as if you concentrated a charge of electricity of five thousand volts into a small globule the size of a bullet. That flies through space (and) strikes the object aimed at.”


  8. Shiva

    1. Tom Swift and his motorcycle (Victor Appleton)
    2. Stun ray gun or TASER (Thomas A Swift’s Electronic Rifle) used as a non lethal personal protection device.
    The developer based it on the stun ray guns he had read in Victor Appleton’s science fiction stories.


  9. Keerthi Kiran M

    1. Tom Swift and his Motor cycle by Victor Appleton
    2. A Stun Gun called TASER (Thomas A. Swift’s Electrical Rifle) used by US police inspired by Victor Appleton’s novel “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle”


  10. Vinod P.V

    Device in Pic 2: TASER – Tom A. Swift Electric Rifile.
    Image 1: Tom Swift and his motor Cycle.

    Connection: Novels (Scientific fictional) of Victor Appleton(pseudonym created by Stratemeyer) influenced inventions of several new age products. Electric stun gun is one among these.
    Model shown in pic is X26.


  11. shivathilak

    hey! kick butt question!!

    ok, 2 is a Taser which gets its name from
    “Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle”
    which was an invention by tom swift in the cartoon series by Victor appleton…


  12. udupendra
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    2. Taser, short for Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle.
    1. Tom Swift and his motorcycle

    Taser, has been so named in tribute to the most prolific inventor in the fictional universe, Tom Swift


  13. alephnull

    Tom Swift had a weapon which operated like a Taser ?


  14. vaibhav008

    2. is a taser (thomas a. swift’s electric rifle)
    1. is the book “tom swift and his motorcycle”

    the inventor of 2. named it after tom swift of 1.


  15. jayanth
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    The Taser(image 2) was named after Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle (a character in tom swift.. (image 1)).


  16. Madan

    Tom Swift and his motor cycle
    THE TASER: ”Victor Appleton“
    modern personal protection device, the taser (or ”stun gun.“)
    …http://ponchorama.com/?m=200508…


  17. 2. Is a TASER.
    1. Is the cover of Victor Appleton’s ‘Tom Swift and his Motorcycle’
    The acronym TASER stands for ‘Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle’ which is another Victor Appleton title which I assume is the connect.

    Apparantly Jack Cover was a Tom Swift fan.


  18. 2. Is a TASER.
    1. Is the cover of Victor Appleton’s ‘Tom Swift and his Motorcycle’
    The acronym TASER stands for ‘Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle’ which is another Victor Appleton title which I assume is the connect.

    Apparantly Jack Cover was a Tom Swift fan.


  19. Gammafunction
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    2. is TASER electric gun-acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle”
    1. cover of the first Tom Swift book- Tom Swift and his motorcycle


  20. Archana

    pic 1 : cover page of the first Tom Swift book.

    pic 2 : Taser

    conection : Taser stands for Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle named after the science fiction teenage inventor and adventure character Tom Swift.


  21. prasanth
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    The device is an X-26 TASER – Thomas A swifts electric rifle.

    named after Tom swift in 1)


  22. Mahesh

    1. TomSwift book
    2. Taser [ Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle. ]


  23. Shakeel

    It is a Taser and is named after a series of children’s science-fiction novels written in the early 20th century featuring the young genius inventor Tom Swift.


  24. sidsen
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    taser stun gun


  25. Tathagata Chatterjee
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    The controversial device in 2) is “The Taser”( or the Stun Gun, used by US Police).
    1) is a book titled “Tom Swift and his motorcycle”.
    Taser is an acronym – gets its name from Thomas A Swift’s Electrical Rifle, because the inventor Jack Cover was an admirer of the literary character Tom Swift when he was a child.
    Regards,
    Tathagata Chatterjee


  26. yaksha
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    Taser
    The trademarked name Taser is an acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle”. Arizona inventor Jack Cover designed it in 1969 and named it after the science fiction teenage inventor and adventurer character Tom Swift


  27. BiGFooT

    Pic 1 is of Tom Swift , a popular “invention fiction” character .
    Pic 2 shows a TASER,which was designed by Jack Cover in 1969 & is an acronym for
    “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle”


  28. Abhishek
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    THE TASER: ”Victor Appleton“

    Victor Appleton (author of Tom Swift series) provided inspiration for the modern personal protection device, the taser (or ”stun gun.“) The word ”TASER“ is an acronym for ”Thomas A. Swift’s Electrical Rifle,“ so named because the inventor was an admirer of Tom Swift when he was a child. The book ”Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle“ was published in 1911. Tom Swift was the adolescent hero of a series of books aimed at juvenile readers. Tom was the Harry Potter of his day. The books typically told of Tom’s adventures involving high-tech equipment such as a ”sky train“ or an ”electric runabout.“ Monorails and hybrid cars, anyone?

    The Taser was developed in the late 1960’s by Jack Cover, who came up with the idea as a result of hearing about a U.S. commission which was looking into non-lethal ways police could deal with violent offenders. Cover based the Taser on a kind of stun gun he had read about in the Tom Swift fantasy stories of his childhood, thus the acronym, ‘Thomas A. Swift Electrical Rifle’.

    First used by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1976, the Taser is now used by hundreds of police departments in the U.S.


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