Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Annoy-A-Tron

Here's a little background on the annoy-a-tron. I discovered it a few years back on cougarboard (the repository of all knowledge) where a guy chronicled his devious implementation of the device. It generates an annoying beep at random every 2 to 8 minutes and comes with a magnet so you can hide it just about anywhere in a co-worker's office.

His first post.
His second post.

You can buy the annoy-a-tron at Think Geek. The product description and accompanying testimonial are fabulous. I was looking today and they now have the annoy-a-tron 2.0 which contains even more devious features!

I'm trying to decide who in my department would be a good candidate for the annoy-a-tron. We will move into our new offices in the Fall. The best candidates are the three chemistry guys that are sort of the jokers of the department. I don't want to do it to someone who may resent it. (You know tenure and all.) An added bonus is that the chemistry guys' cubicles will be sort of removed from the rest of the department so the suffering will be limited to them.

It's a little long, but this teenage kid reviews it so you can get an idea what it's like. I would have loved having this thing in high school. I would have hid it in Mr. Danner's desk or maybe in Layosa's office! Okay, in all honesty most of our high school faculty would have been good targets.


  1. I wonder if the previous owners of our house put one of these behind the drywall in the basement. It sounds just like a smoke detector with a dead battery, but it's been beeping once every two minutes for the last five years.

  2. There was one of those things in my husband's office at some point. It was seriously SO annoying. It would be a great trick to pull on somebody.

  3. The annoy-a-tron is supposed to last for a few weeks--I doubt the battery would last for five years!