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Famous battery returns to Rayovac
Still working after 13 years on the job
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A thirteen-year relationship with a battery that never quit ended Thursday – Sylvia and Jerry Lynne of Pennsylvania brought the “World Famous Battery” to its final home at the Fennimore Rayovac plant.

The Lynne couple has gained international media attention for their battery that’s still running after thirteen years.   The story dates back to 2004 when the Lynne’s son and Jerry were attempting to hardwire a replay into their television, Sylvia explained.

“They were going to drop a wire down and they needed to know where to drill a hole,” said Sylvia, so they put an already-set alarm clock on a string and dropped it down a cold air vent.

The idea didn’t work as planned.

“[The alarm clock] fell off the string”; it got hung up on a wire in-between the walls, where it stayed for the next thirteen years, Sylvia said.  Ten minutes later, the alarm went off as it would every evening for over a decade. 

Although some families may have been driven crazy by the beeping, the Lynne couple said that wasn’t the case for them.

“We had fun with it,” said Jerry.

Sylvia added that their home became known as the “beeping house”; Jerry said it was always a good laugh when other couples would visit to play bridge and the alarm would sound; they never understood what was going on. 

Sylvia said they never really intended on taking it out of the wall and definitely didn’t expect the news coverage they received.  

Life changed for the couple earlier this summer when they heard their local news network was accepting funny stories.  The couple submitted their alarm clock experience, and “it absolutely went berserk” from there, Sylvia said.

In time, the story had been covered in Washington, California, Texas, England, and Australia.  The story even made it into Rippley’s Believe it or Not, the couple said.

Sylvia said she and Jerry got contacted by a business that offered to remove the alarm clock from the wall free of charge. 

There were two reporters and two cameramen there to cover the alarm clock’s removal, Sylvia added.

Jerry said they had no idea what type of battery was in the clock until it fell out.  When the Rayovac family heard it was their battery that had lasted all those years, they flew the Lynne couple to Fennimore to give them a tour of the plant and to offer a final home to the battery in a special case in the historic-commemoration portion of the facility.