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




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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