I see your illuminated strawberry…

…and I raise you a lightning-struck blackberry!

You will recall in my previous post I was lamenting a phenomenon scientists call “simultaneous discovery,” wherein two researchers arrive independently at the same discovery at about the same time. Both Newton and Leibniz dreamed up Calculus simultaneously, as did Scheele, Priestly and Lavoisier notice oxygen. Ever heard of Alfred Russel Wallace? He came up with a little thing called “evolution” at about the same time Darwin was tickling breadfruit aboard the SS Beagle.

So when I found that Romanian photographer Radu Zaciu was experimenting with the installation of luminous sources within fruit and veg (which I too had done), I knew I was in good (if obscure) company: sometimes people get the same idea at the same time because good ideas are, ultimately, hard to resist. And secreting tiny LEDs inside of berries is indubitably a good idea, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

But what about grounding berries (that is, wiring their moist little bodies to the ground terminal of a wall socket) and then blasting them with the electrostatic discharge from a Violet Ray device?

This obsolete medical electrotherapeutic appliance has fallen out of favor in the last eighty years or so -- not the least because it doesn't work.
This obsolete medical electrotherapeutic appliance has fallen out of favor in the last eighty years or so — not the least because it doesn’t work.

Anybody else had that idea yet? No? So I’m the first then, am I?

Thought so.

Here’s what you get when you put a blackberry between the power of Nikola Tesla and the earth.

I ate this electrified blackberry, and now I am a superman.
I ate this electrified blackberry, and now I am a superman.
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