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This Day in Deals: An inventor kit that won’t get you burned at the stake

Thankfully we're not in 1390

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Price $ 99,99 ProductBase Inventor Kit by littleBits

This Day In Deals is our new section where we share a historical fact and the day’s best deal – and try to connect them. The aim? To enrich ourselves financially, and you spiritually.

History has a way of being both absurd and horrifying.

Consider this day (October 29) back in 1390. On it, the world’s first non-religious trial for witchcraft happened in Paris. Specifically, Jehenne de Brigue was accused of making a potion to curse her husband.

While de Brigue didn’t confess immediately, after three months of imprisonment (and torture) she declared she was, in fact, a witch. Possibly (read: almost definitely) due to the violent abuse, she also named one of her friends, Macette de Ruilly, as a practicer of magic.

Both were burnt at the stake in 1391.

On one hand, it’s ludicrous. Killing someone because you think they’re a witch is farcical at best. But, on the other, two women lost their lives due to a punishing patriarchal system.

Thankfully, we’ve moved on a bit. And as a big middle finger to all the historical witch-hunters out there, why don’t you buy something that would’ve got you sentenced as a magic-user in 1390? Like a Base Inventor Kit from littleBits.

The company creates products that let anyone turn their ideas into actual, working inventions.

The Base Inventor Kit contains a range of components that can be connected together to make hardware that would’ve been unthinkable a hundred years ago.

You know, sweet stuff like a robo-arm, a handheld navigator, or a proximity alarm. Precisely the sort of “magic” that might’ve got you burned as a witch in 1390.

At only $99.99, the littleBits Base Inventor Kit is not only a cool bit of tech, but also a wonderful way to express independent and creative thought – without the fear of a witch trial.


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Published October 29, 2018 — 10:28 UTC

Price $ 99,99 ProductBase Inventor Kit by littleBits