The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.
Heywood Broun (1888–1939), journalist
This is a warning to the other smoke dectectors in my house.
Please don't do this at home, and regularly check and change your smoke detectors' batteries. The home you save may be yours. Larry paid the price for beating up his smoke detector.
A tip of the hat to On The Mark for reminding me of this episode.