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When I was little, I used to have “invention” projects where I pretend to invent something. One of these projects was a hovercraft toy. I had seen a picture of one in an Ivar’s restaurant coloring book that my mother had given me.

I built the toy out of styrofoam, an old shampoo bottle, batteries, and an electric motor. I don’t remember what I used to make the propellers.

The day arrived when I could test it out. I filled a big blue bucket with water and placed my hovercraft on it’s maiden voyage. Alas, it didn’t run at all; it floated there. I examined my invention wondering why it didn’t work. I didn’t figure it out then and shelved the project.

In retrospect, I probably wired the motor incorrectly or short-circuited the connections in the water.

137 words in 10 minutes at 04:08 AM on Jan 10, 2010

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