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Dear Cody – Top 5 Way to Annoy Your Co-Workers

Dear Cody,

I work in an office and I’m frequently the butt of practical jokes from everyone else in the office. Like one time, I came in to work to find my entire work station shrink wrapped. Another time, my entire work station was upside down: the computer monitors, my pictures, pen holders… Everything! And another time my jacket went missing. A deliveryman showed up at work with a package sent COD (cash on delivery) and I come to find out it was my jacket in the package! I couldn’t get it back til I paid the UPS man! I’m not very good at practical jokes, can you give me some ideas for payback?

Sincerely,

Butt of the Joke

Dear Butt of the Joke,

Office hijinks can be fun as long as you know how to fight back. Hardly a day goes by over here at Sonic without some sort of prank. Check these out:

Android Keyboard1. The Autopro MWKB

We had a lot of fun with this seemingly inconspicuous Bluetooth keyboard. You use the tiny little USB Bluetooth dongle to pair the keyboard to whatever the dongle is plugged into. So, take the USB dongle and plug it into a coworkers computer tower when they’re at lunch or something, the software installs pretty quick. When they come back, wait until they have important web pages up and CTRL + W the heck out of them. Minimize all their windows when they’re working on something and typo up whatever they’re working on. Loads of fun.

RC Helicopters2. RC Helicopters

These things exploded in popularity a couple years ago because they’re just so darn fun to amuse yourself with. And like many other things that amuse you, they annoy the heck out of everyone else. Whip out your RC copter and “show it off” to your coworkers. While you show off your latest toy, repeatedly crash it “mistakenly” into their cubicles and knock their stuff all over the place. Just apologize to whoever sits at the cubicle you just bombarded—And then do it again.

Piezo Siren

Small package, big punch

3. The Piezo Siren

If you haven’t heard a piezo siren I highly encourage you to try it out. They ‘re absolutely ear splittingingly painful to listen to. Imagine a young child throwing a tantrum and screaming bloody murder, and amplify those shrieking screams by like 10. That’s what a piezo sounds like. They were designed to hook up to a car alarm and mount on the inside of the vehicle. That way, if a thief breaks in, this piercing siren goes off and the thief’s ears are in too much pain for him/her to sit in your vehicle for more than a couple seconds.

With that being said…

Here’s how this works: You need a small 12 V battery like an A23 battery a little bit of electrical tape and some earplugs. Tape the black wire to the negative side of the battery and leave the positive red wire not attached. Keep the siren in a big pocket of yours and make sure the red wire does not touch the positive terminal on the battery. When whoever it is you want to annoy starts talking, connect the red wire to the positive terminal and interrupt them and everyone else in the vicinity with an ear shattering siren. In case it wasn’t obvious, make sure you’ve got your ear plugs in before you do this.

4. Voice Recorders

Have you ever had a boss who tells you to do one thing, you do that thing, then they tell you that they didn’t tell you to do the thing you already did because they told you to do it, and that you should have instead done this completely other thing? (confusing right?) Well that’s what a voice recorder is for. This is not so much a practical joke as it is practical (and funny.) Anytime your boss tells you to do something, record it! That way, when you’re getting yelled at for doing the wrong thing you can casually pull out your recording and say something along the lines of, “Well actually, ahem, quite the contrary ol’ chap, you in fact told me to do this, which I did. Because you told me so.” Granted, whether or not you keep your job after that is a different story entirely, but it’ll definitely annoy your boss.

Tone Generator5. The Tone Generator

For this one you’ll need the TLPTG2 tone generator and a coupler to turn a male RCA into a female 1/8″ jack. Your victim needs to have a set of external computer speakers with an On/Off switch for this to work. Connect the coupler to the RCA end of the tone generator and connect their speakers to it while they’re in the “Off” position. Turn on the tone generator and turn the frequency up all the way to the 13,000 kHz range, and make sure the generator is well hidden. Then, turn the volume on the speakers and computer all the way up. And from here, we wait. As soon as your victim turns their speakers on to enjoy some peaceful and pleasing music, they’ll be greeted will a high pitched obnoxious tone and won’t be able to figure out what’s wrong while also annoying the entire office. You may blow their speakers out and have to replace them, but hey, we gotta make sacrifices.

And these, Butt of the Joke, are the top 5 ways to annoy your coworkers! Have fun! And if anyone else can think of other funny pranks, please share them!

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The Top 5 Must Haves for a Road Trip

Personal Massager

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned road trip? The answer is no one. Even if someone doesn’t love a road trip, the answer is still no one. Anyways, we decided to bring you the top 5 must haves for your next road trip.

Emergency Equipment

Seriously, this entire movie is based off getting a flat tire. Sure, they got a flat tire in a former nuclear test zone but so what? Don't let it happen to you!

1. Emergency Equipment

The last thing you want to happen on your road trip is get a flat tire or be otherwise stranded on the highway. I mean, how many slasher horror movies are based around this concept? I’ve seen plenty of horror movies about stranded people and none of them end well, mostly because not many of them are actually movies… But whatever, you get the point. Luckily for you, we carry Lifeline Emergency Equipment. We’ve got tire gauges so you can find the leaking tire BEFORE you leave on your trip and we’ve got an air compressor for tires just in case that tire explodes on the road anyways. And we’ve got a nice warm blanket in case you stuck somewhere cold and we EVEN have orange road triangles so that people don’t crash into your stranded vehicle. Wow, are we prepared or what?

2. The HHROADTRIP

We couldn’t leave this one out, it’s got “road trip” right in the name. Yes, CB radios have been around for a long long time but they’ll never go out of style. If you don’t believe me, check out the CB and 2-Way Radios – Why the Technology of the 50’s is Still Relevant Today article. You’d be surprised to find that CB radios are actually far more convenient than a Smartphone for keeping in touch with your fellow road trippers in other vehicles. Just one touch of a button and you can send and receive messages. Texting? Too slow. Phone call? Gotta wait while it rings. CB Radio? Just press a button on your HHROADTRIP, talk and the other people can magically hear you instantly! Sometimes old school is better!

MAD11 Android Computer3. The MAD11

The MAD11 is a genius new device that basically turns any monitor in your vehicle into an android computer. There’s a video on the product page you check out and see it in action. But on a road trip, entertainment is key so this way you can keep yourself and your friends occupied with rousing games of Angry Birds and Temple Run, or you watch movies with Netflix or Hulu. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road.

4. Radar Detector

If you’re gonna be cruisin’ down the open road you’re gonna want a radar detector. Sometimes you just realize how fast you’re going, it’s OK, we’ve all been there. But if you’re on a long trip, maybe out of state and in places you aren’t familiar with, the last thing you want is a speeding ticket. But the convenience doesn’t stop there: some of the fancier radar detectors like the Cobra iRad200 use GPS to link up to the Aura redlight and speed camera database to warn you if you’re approaching either of these road nuisances. Like I said, perfect for areas you’re unfamiliar with.

Personal Massager

Release that driving tension!

5. The Personal Massager

Last but not least, the personal massager. Hey, driving can cause some tension and soreness so why not vibrate it away with the Limitless Creations PM1PR MagicTouch Personal Massager? It even comes in pink and it’s waterproof too! Check out the reviews on it, we’ve left some satisfied customers.

So there you have it, the top 5 must haves for your next road trip. Get them all right here at Sonic Electronix!

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