Surrealists rejoice: here's a power strip for you

This appliance looks like it stepped out of a painting full of melting clocks.

Vahakn Matossian

Are you one of those artsy-fatalist types who has a poster of Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory up on the wall? That's the "melting clock painting," also known as the backdrop of the 1938 cartoon short "Porky in Wackyland." (Yes, it's on YouTube.)

Dali's 'The Persistence of Memory'

If so, we've found something perfect to further indulge your fantasies of things that appear to be melting into a puddle of surrealist goo. Called the "ElectriciTree," this stretchy power strip/extension cord is technically supposed to look like the branches of a tree to remind us of electricity's impact on the Earth, but I'm totally not seeing that one. Besides, the little sockets totally look like faces. It's a tad creepy, but in a good way. There's also an ingenious little feature involving magnets that makes them look like they're crawling up your wall, or melting off your wall, or however you want to put it.

Core77 suggests that you use them to prank surgeons. We think you'd be better off just, you know, plugging lots of stuff into them. And then hanging some half-melted pocket watches off them.

Porky Pig would be proud. Oh, and Dali probably would be, too.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.


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