A most alarming little gadget…

February 10, 2011

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Blog Guy, I’m a high school student doing a report, and I need your help.

Oh sure, I’m always eager to help with homework assignments. Do you want it single-spaced or double-spaced? You want me to misspell some words to make it look real?

RPG alarm crop 260My report is called “Alarm Clocks Around the World,” and I was hoping you could share the most interesting alarm you know about.

That would have to be a Cambodian clock that is marketed as the “Short Fuse, No Snooze.”

This ingenious device, shown here, connects a normal clock to a series of rocket propelled grenades which go off one at a time starting 30 seconds after the first alarm.

That’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think it would work on me. I’m a very heavy sleeper.

Not to worry. The third rocket is chained to your ankle.

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A Cambodian soldier sleeps next to rocket launchers at the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on the border between Thailand and Cambodia February 8, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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You know BG, I think you should patent that alarm clock… it will simply blow the competition away!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thanks, Shra. I was thinking the same thing. It might fit right in with my other inventions I revealed this week:
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/02/08/three-great-inventions-we-reall y-need/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Also useful for the feminist who is still skittish of spiders crawling on the wall but doesn’t have a man around to kill them. :D

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Hmmmm, I wonder how the “Snooze” function works.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Dave, I can answer that. I have the instructions right here.

Bear with me while I translate from the original Khmer: “You snooze, you lose…”

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

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Spin, I love the way you tie new posts to older posts. And that’s a bargain, because the suggested retail price of this little gizmo is $359.99….

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/01/24/dry-your-geckos-perfectly-every -time/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

New on the Market
An Alarm Clock with a Twist
Gives Eternal Rest

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

@Dave: Yes it does, try it :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I like the U.S. jungle boots in the background there.

Posted by lceel | Report as abusive

@Spin – no No NO! I am but a humble padawan, learning at the feet of the Master!

@loeel – That’s all that’s left of the previous owner!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

When Pradeep awoke and found the roof was missing, he then understood the label on his alarm clock advising him to never hit ‘snooze’ more than once.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Every time he wakes up he does so shouting “Get to the choppa!”.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Alarm clock? Dude needs a roof and a cot. Should be able to trade for it given the going price I’m seeing above.

Posted by onequartlow | Report as abusive

I’m sure he always wakes up ‘bang’ on time with this system…

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

as Nhean tried to go to sleep, he heard a single hated phrase repeated in his mind:

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

The Acme Rocket Alarm Clock is much less expensive than the one sold at Williams-Sonoma. And it comes with a free Anvil, while supplies last!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

“In Cambodia, the alarm clock snoozes YOU!”

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

@Nosmo, brilliant!!! *chuckle* *chuckle*

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Unfortunately, I woke to the Acme Rocket Alarm this morning. Splitting headache and I pulled a muscle in a frantic attempt to turn the alarm off before the third rocket launched. The first two rockets left me seeing stars and I tripped over the anvil on the way to the shower. The pain should be gone in a few days. Doughnuts, anyone?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I prefer the oldest alarm clock known to man. Drink a few pints of water before retiring. I guarantee you will get up early.

Posted by remny | Report as abusive

To compliment Spin’s poem there, here’s my 2 cents:

There once was a soldier
Who slept like a boulder
His mates got mad and built him a clock
Which guaranteed to blow his dock
What they didnt know
Is that he would press “snooze”
And that would be the end of them all…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oops, I see I sent my poem in twice. I’ll be more careful…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hickory dickory dock
Three mice ran up a clock
The clock struck one
The other two escaped with minor injuries.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive