When I saw this story I was reminded of a conversation I had with a guy in my chemistry class in high school. He had some trouble with the girls and couldn’t figure out why he kept striking out. He was a nice fellow but really a little out there, a bit of a wingnut. I suspect that if he could cranked his behavior back a notch he would not have had any trouble getting a date.
Anyway at that time he had one major ambition in life and that was to be an inventor like Thomas Edison. He came up with all sorts of ideas for inventions but the one that this story reminded me of was what he called the “Clothing Magnet.”
The idea was that you could aim it at a person you thought was attractive, turn it on and voila, they would be naked. I haven’t seen him since 1986 but I suspect that he never gave up the idea. I also suspect that had he been successful I would have already heard about such a device.
As a sidenote to this story his favorite movie was Real Genius followed by the Star Wars series which really got his attention because he thought that using “The Force” would be even better than the magnet but harder to come by.