Penny Arcade – Shocker

     When I was a kid, the Penny Arcade at the Seattle Center had a machine, I don’t remember what it was called but imagine “Shocker”.

     The machine had two metallic knobs you grab on to.  You put a nickle in it and it would deliver pulsed electrical shocks about once a second between the knobs, the intensity of which was controlled by rotating the left one.

     The idea was to see who could handle the most juice, you or your friends.

     At the time it seemed harmless enough but now I’m thinking, one hand to the other, a path straight through the heart, and it only takes about 15ma through the heart to put it into fibrillation.  This in hindsight seems like not the best idea.

     But we were kids, we were strong.

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