April Fools' Day is less than a month away and, as my children could tell you, April Fools' Day is like Christmas for ol' dad.
Yes, I've had some proud moments: There was the morning I told my son Andrew and his friend Nathan that we had adopted a road and we were going to spend all day picking up trash.
Angry 13-year-olds cursing me while going to get dressed was music to my ears.
One year I faked an email from our department editor to another co-worker commanding him to cover a terrible story. When he finally sucked up his dread and asked the editor what she expected she looked at him like he was nuts.
Then there was that year I told my wife that that same female editor had scheduled my evaluation at a romantic restaurant and said she didn't expect us to be done until around midnight. As I added on details it was like adding chemicals until you got the right explosion.
Luckily, I'm not alone in my love of the holiday. Tech geeks are making the lives of tricksters easier.
ThinkGeek.com has an entire page of April Fool's worthy gadgets for your devious pleasure:
Ninja Remote Stealth Gadget and IR Jammer, $29.99
This remote takes over the control of almost any TV from up to 400 feet away! The "jam" command blocks all other remotes. The "bomb" command causes the TV to change channels and volume levels at random for 5 to 15 minutes! Imagine the fun you could have going into a redneck bar and surreptitiously changing the big game to the latest episode of "Project Runway." "This TV is possessed by the ghost of an angry fashion designer! Run!"
Phantom Keystroker V.2, $9.99
It looks like a common thumbdrive, but plug this into the USB outlet of an unsuspecting friend or foe's computer and it types gibberish, makes mouse-cursor move randomly and then has fun with the caps-lock. It can be set to only act up periodically, extending the fun. I can't use this here at the News Sentinel, because we couldn't tell any difference.
Micro Sonic Grenade, $4.99
I don't advocate playing any prank that can get you fired. BUT you can set this little baby to go off in 5, 10 or 15 minutes, toss it over the wall of your cubicle and wait for it the 110-115 decibel "explosion" that's "about the loudness of a sandblaster or a power saw."
ThinkGeek EvilTron, $9.99
Only slightly bigger than a quarter, the tiny EvilTron emits sounds of creaking, scratching, gasping, a sinister laugh or a voice whispering "Hey. Can you hear me?"
But maybe that's too mean Naaah!
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