THESE PLANTS GIVE OFF GOOD VIBRATIONS A Japanese telecommunications equipment maker has come up with a tricky way to hide audio speakers. The Ka-on, which means "flower sound" in Japanese, consists of a donut-shaped magnet and coil at the base of a vase that can be hooked up to a CD player, stereo or television set. When flowers are placed in the vase, the sound vibrations move up through the stems into the petals and leaves, filling the entire room with gentle music. Masumi Gotoh, president of Let's Corp, which makes the Ka-On, says the gadget is ideal for piping music via flower arrangements at weddings, reception desks and restaurants. The vases and amplifiers come in several sizes, priced from $46 to $460, and Gotoh says the device has an added bonus -- the vibrations discourage insects and make the flowers last longer. "The plant is happy listening to the music. Gerberas and sunflowers work especially well as speakers." (AP 14 Sep 2004) <http://apnews.excite.com/article/20040914/…> Texas Gardener Stacy Doolittle Doherty, lurker on the list.