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How the Taser works

 Two prongs shaped like fishhooks hit you first. They are connected to fine wires, and deliver an electrical current through your body that makes every muscle contract. In an instant, you lose all control.

 That is what happens when a Taser is deployed. Taser is actually an acronym for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle. Tom Swift was the hero of a series of science fiction and adventure novels aimed at youths. The novels emphasized science, invention, and technology and anticipated many inventions that eventually came to pass.

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