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Warning: Mist Maker May Cause Local Pains
|I bought this Chinese-made mist maker for Halloween from a mail order catalog, excitedly planning how I would awe party goers by creating “a magical mist from water in seconds” — or so the promotional material promised. Submerged in water as directed, the unit did not produce the highly anticipated effects –in fact, the centerpiece of my graveyard tableau looked more like a sad little gasping fountain that occasionally belched out a gush of liquid. As the evening wore on, it was surrounded by increasingly big puddles of water. To be totally fair, the mist maker did produce a modicum of entertainment with some rather scrambled English safety instructions View detailed instructions here.|