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In History, Science, Yale on February 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

 

What does this “thunder house” in the Peabody’s collection of Historical Scientific Instruments do?

 

 

   

 

 

  1. Predicts the weather
  2. Tells time
  3. Lights up
  4. Explodes

 

 

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It explodes!

This “thunder house” exhibits the wisdom of equipping buildings with lightning rods.  When zapped with electricity, the little house “blows up,” but the tall tower equipped with a grounded lightning rod stays standing. It was used as an instructional model in the 1800s.

Yale objects collection, ca. 1846-1996 (inclusive), Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University

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