Oh, give me a break!

Oh, give me a break!

P.K.E meter from Ghostbusters (1984)
P.K.E meter from Ghostbusters (1984)
A chap with the unlikely name of Wade Quattlebaum invented a device for finding whatever you're looking for, and made a fortune selling it to gullible law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

For an example of credulity and clever marketing we need look no further than the case of the Quadro QRS 250G Detector and the Psi-Tronics Super-Sensor Dowsing Rod.

This pair of quasi-spiritual detection units fooled people into parting with thousands of taxpayer dollars, based on no laboratory evidence of their efficacy whatsoever. A company called DK Labs are selling similar snake oil devices, which have all been showered with testimonials.

It's a depressing vista. And we wonder why the Garda sub-aqua unit takes instructions from psychics.

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