This is what happens when the Force comes down upon you.
Just a few weeks ago, there was much stimulation around a product called the Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser.
This sweet little object does bear a passing resemblance to a "Star Wars" lightsaber. In addition, it can burn your skin and permanently blind you. And that's not all. The manufacturer, Hong Kong-based Wicked Lasers, proudly tells you on its Web site that it is "the most dangerous laser ever created."
Some people have been a little concerned that this fine laser might bring the nasty side of celestial wars rather closer to Earth than is healthy.
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas seems not to be a fan. According to CNN, he and Lucasfilm sent a cease and desist letter expressing, among others, the following concern: "It is apparent from the design of the Pro Arctic Laser that it was intended to resemble the hilts of our lightsaber swords, which are protected by copyright."
The letter added that the Pro Arctic is "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns, and other damage to people and/or property." It demanded that the product should be recalled.
In a press release, Wicked Lasers offered that there are several differences between a lightsaber and its own bright idea.… Read more