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Of Course; Electric Skates! We'd Be Idiots Not To Try Them!

Illustration for article titled Of Course; Electric Skates! Wed Be Idiots Not To Try Them!

Introducing, the Therma Blade! Battery-warmed skates that melt the ice to provide more speed. Wayne Gretzky endorses them, so that's something, right? However the first thing that caught my eye about this item — and it may be a telling metaphor — is that the bottom half of the above photo distinctly resembles the doomed ocean liner The Titanic.

The Thermablade inventor, Calgarian Tory Weber, says the steamy steel is not a novelty item, like Cooperalls, nasal strips or pyramid power. The 43-year-old, who spent more than $5 million over five years to bring his idea to market, believes the "fairly simple physics" behind the electronic blade will revolutionize hockey for competitive players.

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But seriously, place your hand over everything above the four little grey squares. See? Titanic. Blow the whistle, Rose!

Gretzky Plugs Electric Hockey Skates [Indianapolis Star, via SportsbyBrooks]

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