The moral of this story, other than now knowing that you too can create your own ball lightning, is that his attempt to use lightning as a means to success was an abject failure. Sure it sounded cool and probably would have been impressive. Ultimately though, without a way of measuring his findings it was all sizzle and no substance.
Oh yes, I do believe I smell an allegory here.
The San Diego Superchargers have been an enigma wrapped in a riddle for years now. You see them play and think "they will make a deep run into the playoffs this year." But the devil, as they say, is in the details. "Top of the league in yards gained AND yards allowed...and they finished with how many wins????" We should all be grateful we are not SD fans. We would be forced to Herman Edwards levels of bewilderment AND have to cheer for the two time reigning All-Tool Team MVP, Philip Rivers. A riddle indeed.
I grew up in Westford, MA. During summer vacations I spent many a day at Fenway, or the public pool in Westford, or the little league diamonds/soccer fields in the Forge Village area. I also remember many trips to Boston with friends as we would go to the Childrens' Museum, Aquarium, or Science Museum. IIRC it was the science museum that had the ginormous Van de Graaff generators to create lightning. They used to fire those things up to create bolts that would zap between the two bulbs. I think they even made mention of Ben Franklin's kite experiment by frying one during said demonstration. Being in a museum setting though, we were perfectly safe. The same could not be said for the kite though. As we venture into Sunday's contest with our bedazzled foes, let us remember one thing that will be a resounding battle cry across the towns and hamlets of New England. WE ARE NOT KITES!! For that reason (amongst dozens of others, but I digress) we shall overcome and be victorious.
Edited by koufax32, 14 September 2011 - 10:01 AM.