A party trick that’s hardly cheap

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iol scitech dec 31 party pooper www.laikingland.co.uk Press the big red button, and the wheel turns, tightening your party popper's string until it bursts in a cascade of tissue paper.

London - It looks like a space-age sewing machine, but this is, in fact, a limited-edition device invented for pulling party poppers - those silly plastic containers that explode confetti into the air.

At £600 (about R8 000), it’s hardly cheap and also surprisingly low-tech, with a battery-operated clockwork mechanism made from steel and brass.

Press the big red button, and the wheel turns, tightening your party popper’s string until it bursts in a cascade of tissue paper.

Yes, it’s oddly fascinating, but not worth the price - even if it does come with 50 party poppers and nine-volt batteries included. - Daily Mail

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