Unitasker Wednesday: The flying alarm clock

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

The Flying Alarm Clock is targeted to the difficult-to-wake audience. At the appointed alarm time, the attached propeller launches and flies away from the base station. An audible alarm can only be silenced by the user retrieving the propeller and returning it to its base.

It includes a snooze function, the very existence of which defies imagination.

While the clock would seemingly cause a Rip Van Winkle to get out of bed, so would any ordinary alarm clock placed across the room from the bed. Additionally, decapitation, black eyes, window/mirror breakage, wounded pets, dented ceilings/walls/floors, and plethora harms would not be an issue with an ordinary alarm clock. However, it could be effective if you had a home intruder and were able to coordinate the alarm properly — amazement, injury, and the alarm could prove to be beneficial.

Available from Tech Tools, and a feature at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.

Wrangling newspaper recycling

As a devoted environmentalist and pragmatist, the circles labeled “recycling” and “convenience” don’t always align on my Venn diagram of life. Sometimes what is most convenient, isn’t great for the environment.

Stak-N-Tie stacking bins solve two household problems for me:

  1. a rugged container for storing read newspapers awaiting recycle pick-up day; and
  2. a can’t-miss device to single-handedly twine-bundle your stack of papers.

The elevated corners of the Stak-N-Tie leave enough room underneath the newspaper pile to slip your bundling twine. Once knotted, the whole stack lifts easily from the crate. Until recently, my town made me separate newspaper from other recyclable paper, so I bought two. My town now lets me co-mingle all my paper and no longer requires a twine-knotted bundle, so the entire crate gets toted to the curb on pick-up day. And, if I ever need to dispose of the crate itself, it’s recyclable, too: #2 HDPE.

Available from the Recycling Center for $12.95 plus shipping, it’s a great way to keep old newspapers from cluttering up your home.