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Boomerangs/Barbecues/Pinball Machines/Strobe Lights 

Follow the production of boomerangs, barbecues, pinball machines and strobe lights.

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In this episode, we learn about the evolution of the boomerang from a plain stick that was thrown during the hunt in the primitive times, to the modern, finely crafted and aerodynamic gadget made from laminated strips of wood. Next, we discover the steps in the fabrication of the barbecue, an invention of the native Caribbean who cooked over a pit of charcoals. Nowadays, the process begins with the bending of a lubricated steel disc that is fed into a press to take the characteristic bowl shape of a barbecue. As we move on, we follow the various intricate steps in the making of the pinball machine which reigned supreme in a time before the modern video games, mainly because of the real action thrill it offered with its flippers and bumpers instead of a simulated one in front of a screen. In the end, we discover the extensive use of the strobe lamps as they are properly called, in aircraft wings, in the red and blue police car lights and on towers and tall buildings to warn low-flying ... Written by Nick Riganas

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