Casual Friday — Current events

Since today is independence day in the U.S., and barbecuing is a traditional activity for the day, I thought I’d give you a bit of video showing what is undoubtedly the most dramatic way I’ve ever seen to cook hot dogs — with a Tesla coil!

An outfit called the Nevada Lightning Laboratory demonstrated this… unusual approach to the culinary arts at Maker Faire ’08, cooking a dozen hot dogs at a time using a 10-foot-tall Tesla coil. And for them, this is just a baby — they eventually want to build a pair of 120-foot-tall coils for lightning experiments.

Video courtesy Nevada Lightning Laboratory, via Gizmodo and OhGizmo!

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