I don’t know about the rest of you, but the economy is seriously freaking me out. Michigan leads the US with the highest unemployment rate (over 10%), and just about everyone I know has at least one family member that’s been laid off.  I am hearing first hand about the crashed Unemployment phone system.  (It’s so overloaded, no one can get through.)

Thus, it was with a happy heart that I spotted this ad in the Best of Craig’s list:

“This is a genuine Death Ray, aka home made solar oven. This thing is badass. You know how the economy’s been sucking? Well, burn up your least favorite politicians in a fiery ray of destruction and cook your dinner with the same device. Slick, eh?

Since there’s a good chance, because a.) you’re reading Craigslist and b.) you’re reading the Northern Michigan section – that you’re homeless or close to becoming so, this is the perfect oven for you–it requires no electricity, and flip it over (it’s shaped like a parabola) and use it as a house.

With this Death Ray, lovingly handmade from refrigerator boxes and $30 worth of tinfoil, you could literally cook your Christmas ham and all the sides–at the same time. At over four feet tall and approximately six feet wide (when assembled) the Death Ray is sure to fill all of your cooking, living, and vaporizing needs.”

As long as entrepreneurial folks like this are still around, we’ll be ok.  :D

Anytime you need some fast amusement, the Best of Craig’s List is a good spot to surf.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. I wonder if shipping is included in the price. Hmmmm…

  2. lol bug girl

    this is your listing isnt it :P

  3. Solar death rays are loads of fun. Mine (affectionately known as the “Lens of Death”) is made with a 3-foot square Fresnel lens, and on a sunny day it is good for melting small change, drilling rough holes in rocks, or turning a marshmallow into charcoal in about 5 seconds (it doesn’t really toast marshmallows, because a marshmallow just reflects almost all the light until a spot starts to brown. The brown spot then rapidly absorbs the light, instantly turns into puffed carbon, and consumes the rest of the marshmallow. Amusing, but inedible). I got the Frsnel lens from a surplus place for about $75, and it was worth every penny. I’m thinking about using it for small foundry work.

  4. It isn’t my posting–it belongs to a student at a northern MI college. I plan to email her some of our internship postings, because she sounds like fun :)

  5. Seriously, I saw these death rays solar heaters in use a lot in rural China and Tibet. With a large water kettle perched at the focal point. Love it.

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