China is selling "anti-pervert" flamethrowers that fit in a handbag

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/18/china-is-selling-anti-perver.html

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I, for one, don’t see what could possibly go wrong with any of this!

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Can I solder with one of these?

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What? They couldn’t possibly just be rebranded chinese gas soldering irons! No, that’s just unpossible, because perverts.

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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.”

I’m guessing that Jarts are still being marketed there as well.

They do now.

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Reminds me of an old Rick Overton stand-up bit about people getting blasted by their own pepper spray.

Can’t find a vid, unfortunately.

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I wouldn’t bet on solder irons, but I would bet on butane lighters with a manufacturer error introducing an air intake into the flame.

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With a 20" flame, that’s perfect for soldering wires to bombs and you don’t want to get too close.

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The one time I wish something was in the BoingBoing store…

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Obligatory:

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If flamethrowers are illegal only the perverts will have flamethrowers!

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https://www.yoycart.com/Product/45848024852/

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https://www.yoycart.com/Product/45848024852/

While you are at it, I suggest the "Freedom of soldiers outside the magic of God sticks"
http://www.chinaglobalmall.com/products/42922162658

The one woman I knew who carried a gun said that part of her training was to empty the clip if she used it; the idea being that said pervert couldn’t then use it against her. That doesn’t work with 30 minute flame short swords… (Or we’re talking about some special kind of pervert.)

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I suppose it says something that my first thought was “But why is the flame magenta?”

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\begin{Australian accent}
That’s not a cigarette lighter. This is a cigarette lighter!
\end{Australian accent}

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I knew that groping of women and girls was a huge problem in Japan, that women took to carrying hat pins to stab the guy with. When I asked a Japanese friend of mine how often it happened she said “every day!”.

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True. I heard from my Japanese prof in college a gal a couple years ahead of me got placed in Tokyo, and had to leave after a few weeks. Could not handle it.

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This seems just as intimidating as a knife, but a lot harder to control.