If you are lucky enough to acquire a lightsaber, you are probably purchasing it for personal defense purposes. A lightsaber completely blows away a can of pepper spray as a deterrent in muggings or robberies. However, many new owners are pleasantly surprised by the many domestic uses of a lightsaber around the home or office. Let's examine a few of the more common applications here, and then you can use your imagination to come up with others.

Bet you didn't think of that did you? Well, to help prepare you for the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode III (coming to theaters on May 19, 2005) I thought I'd pass on this great article from howstuffworks.com not only describing the internal workings of a lightsaber, but also the other, not so obvious, uses for around the house.

I hadn't thought about using my lightsaber to re-heat my coffee in the morning, but after reading this article, it seems fairly obvious. The only trick is making sure that the saber doesn't touch the cup or you'll have a counter full of piping hot java...

***UPDATE***

It seems that the jokers over at Forbes.com are trying to spread technical reasons why or why not Star Wars technologies are real or not!

My question: If lightsabers are impossible, then how's the guy in the picture above slicing his bagel? Answer that one Mr. Nobel Laureate!

-Joe