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Prank gift keeps curious hands at bay

gift-prank

You all know that person.

The one who picks up every present with their name on it, shaking it before busting into their best Carnac the Magnificent impression. Heck, you might even be that person.

[Jason] was thinking about how to combat the gift shaker in his life and put together a simple prank that’s sure to provide him some enjoyment when the shaking and guessing commences.

He bought a premade audio module that stores about 20 seconds of sound, replacing the pushbutton trigger with a pair of wires that can easily make contact when the box is vigorously moved. Everything was carefully mounted in a gift box before being wrapped and set under the tree to surprise the eager gift shaker.

We definitely like the idea, since there are a plethora of ways to customize/enhance [Jason’s] work to fit your specific needs. Whether you go with the kitten/puppy in a box theme, or wire in an incredibly loud alarm, your resident gift inspector will never look at presents the same way again!

Continue reading to see [Jason] explain his gift prank in more detail.

Comments

  1. fred says:

    A paper cup containing a paper-clip also works well.

  2. M says:

    I’d make it alternate between “meow”,”woof woof”, and “potatoes”. Here’s why (from http://www.fife.50megs.com/english-irish-scottish.htm because I don’t want to type out my own version which is longer and better):

    There’s an English man, Irish man and a Scotsman. They’re being chased by a policeman. They see this old warehouse so they run in. Inside there are 3 empty sacks on the floor. They each jump in a sack. In comes the copper and see’s these three bundles on the floor. Goes up to the first one and kicks it. The English man shout out, “Woof Woof”, and the copper thinking it’s just an old dog leaves it and kicks the second sack. The Scotsman yells out, “Me-ow me-ow”, he leaves this one as well thinking its just an old cat. He walks over to the last sack and kicks it, and the Irish man yells out.. “Potatoes Potatoes..!”

  3. Alex Rossie says:

    the sound of glass smashing would be much better.

  4. Max Witt says:

    Kinda makes me think of this. We just need something to move some mass around.

  5. fartface says:

    OMG! Someone knows how to shoot a video! FANTASTIC!

    Everyone else, THIS is how you do it, not your POS out of focus cellphone from the dollar store and no you dont change the view every 3 seconds like an ADHD kid that ate a bag of sugar.

  6. Hirudinea says:

    Why not put a small, shake sensitive, IED in it, that’e learn’em! “What are you getting for Christmas? New prosthesis!”

  7. hojo says:

    fun idea, crappy implementation.

  8. CB4 says:

    I love it :)
    nice little project only why no soldering?
    soldering is good, not soldering is baaaaad

  9. CRJEEA says:

    All serious through the video and then waiting for the part were he shows it doing itd thing…
    Haha :D meeew :D … Not that I condone kittens in sealed boxes.
    Reminds me of a toy I saw years ago. A cat in a hessian sack that would shake violently and then gradually sound more and more like it was being drowned.
    Maybe a budgerigar in mine. And a small soft toy to give it a good rattle (:

    • CRJEEA says:

      Ah here it is:
      http://www.youtube.com/watchv=s8mjqtQL9uk&feature=youtube_gdata_player
      (thoughs of a nervous disposition need not watch, write to the manufacturer and spoil everyone else’s fun. If you don’t like it don’t buy it :D tehe)
      -wish the government would adopt a common sence attitude to health, safety and sensorship. (after all it is supposed to be supposed to be survival of the fittest)

      • N0LKK says:

        “survival of the fittest” not sure what gave you a reason to use that phrase, a phrase first coined by a Briton economist. I understand Darwin never used the phrase as a synonym for natural selection, but did use it in another context. I have never been able to find the phrase in it’s original context. However most time I hear it used in terms of economics, it’s mostly used to justify those who have been able to amass great wealth, using that wealth to control the actions of others. Anyway a funny joke with the potato sacks

      • N0LKK says:

        Looks like this would work best if the gift is wrapped in the home where it will be opened. A switch held open by a magnet, that could be easily slid off the package, would allow it to travel well. The kitten thing would not be something to give to a kid who would be happy to receive one, but doesn’t find one in the box. I belong to a group that has a white elephant gift exchange at Christmas. mostly adults, that wouldn’t get worked up over such a tame prank, I would hope anyway. A good place for something like this, but I’m likely to forget about in in the ensuing year.

  10. Scott says:

    Great hack and really well done video. Personally I just use a few pennies and a couple of lead bricks. Rattles nicely and damn heavy.

  11. timmah! says:

    Well foil wrapping paper could be hooked up to a nice stun gun on a tilt switch. Just make sure you get it on video for Youtube…

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