Gaydar inventors tune into local wildlife

Gadget transmits unwanted signals to badgers and squirrels

The inventors behind the Gaydar -- an electronic device that vibrates when two gay people come together within a range of six metres -– have been cock-a-hoop at the response since launching the product earlier this year. The Gaydar allows like-minded people to meet easily and safely and could have all kinds of uses once available on the open market. It is a small electronic device capable of transmitting and receiving signals from similar devices. If two get in range of one another they start vibrating, alerting the wearer that there’s another Gaydar in the area. Although the device is about to be made available worldwide there were some problems during early development stages. During the initial trials the inventors of the Gaydar experienced problems with local wildlife. Apparently, the sonic apparatus aggravated squirrels but tempted usually nocturnal badgers out into the daylight. "Could this possibly prove that there is a large gay badger community," records the Gaydar blurb. There was no recorded interference with beavers during the trial. The device should retail at around £25 (about US$35) and be available worldwide shortly. Apparently, pop idol George Michael was sent a Gaydar recently but has yet to reply. ®

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