|Leyden Jars [Wikipedia]|
I'll bet you could name five or ten things things you use that require batteries, right off the top of your head. But I'll bet you never though your could build a house out of them, did you? Neither did I, until I saw this little article in Popular Science (August, 1940 issue) about a man in San Antonio, Texas who did just that. Joe Perrin worked for a battery company, so I guess he got the idea from seeing all the used batteries there. He used 5000 old storage batteries, just the way you'd use bricks, to make a 3 room house. After the battery bricks were laid, he covered them in chicken wire and two coats of plaster, and he had himself a House of Batteries.
Speaking of batteries, my internet research (including the sleuthing I did for this post) often very much depends on a good HP Laptop Battery - I'll bet yours does, too. So I appreciate being able to buy them easily and for a good price. We may not be building houses out of them, but we couldn't build our online lives without them. Happily, though, we can skip the chicken wire and the plaster - not to mention the glass Leyden jars.