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Three Pin Adaptor Plug No Deadly Device–But Maybe a Lethal Weapon!

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Nathan Herbert sends proof that he owns and uses a three pin, inline plug and has lived to tell the tale, though it’s questionable as to whether he can get through airport security with it! He writes: 

“It’s not quite the death trap artistic device as imagined by some people. Each of the plug-prong ‘faces’ is removable, and only one of the cube faces has live connection pins inside. The face opposite the live one has a standard UK socket on it. It’s not bad (or lethal!) to use, just a pain to pack, as it’s like packing a caltrop in your suitcase, and just as much fun to step on while jet-lagged in the night!”

Apologies to the artist who designed the HSBC advert!

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