GREAT INVENTIONS

Unloseable fly swatter

By Ray Ford

Keep your swatter handy with this small modification

TomNewman_swatter

Photo by Tom Newman

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Fortunately, fly swatters gone AWOL are no longer a hazard at Tom Newman’s Toad Lake cottage. Tired of facing winged pests unarmed because swatters had slipped beneath the dock, the deck, or the gazebo, Newman found a solution in his son Ethan’s plastic practice golf balls.

Pulling the head off a fly swatter, Newman shoved the hollow, perforated ball onto the handle, then replaced the head. The ball keeps the swatter from slipping through the cracks and allows Newman to tee off when a little biter flies into range. Fore!


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