Just watched the season finale of Warehouse 13. I have, for some reason, watched every episode of that show, and I still have no idea what the premise might be. Somehow, artifacts acquire power from their use in historically significant (or at least historically notorious) events. Or maybe all objects acquire such power and we only find out about the notorious ones. Which might mean that if I purchase a car that was in an accident, it will make me find another accident to have.
Or not. Last night we found out that the first warehouse was set up by Alexander the Great to house the first weapon of mass destruction, which was a trident (not the gum) that, upon being jabbed into the ground three times (not once or twice) opened up a fissure deep enough to reach magma.
Here are the problems with that weapon. First, would you want to be the one using it? Second, why three times? What if you were stronger than most and could exert as much force with only two thrusts? Third, why would old Alexander lock it away? There is no evidence that any ruler in the history of the planet has ever declined a weapon that would give him superiority. Also, the weapon could not have acquired its power from its use in an historic event. Unless someone used a trident to, say poke a hole in a dam holding back a large volume of water and drowned a city or something. It’s a stretch.
So the puzzle remains. Do artifacts accumulate psychic energy from those who originally wielded them? Or are they powerful devices masquerading as everyday objects that are found by ordinary people and cause those people to invent things or do things that ordinarily they would not do. If the latter is the case the artifacts must have been made either by an advanced ancient civilization on earth, or an alien culture.