Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Ham Salad
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
Ham Salad   4/26/2012 2:20:29 PM
NO RATINGS
Our manager commandeered the company van, our vehicle for picking up supplies and parts, for his own personal use. In addition, he had the company paying for his apartment while using the van as his taxi. Things got mysteriously smelly in that van as he drove it back and forth. A generous amount of fish emulsion oil, the liquid fertilizer you get from the nursery, was squirted inside the door panels, under the driver's seat, and graciously allowed to ferment in the summer heat.

mike65535
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
mike65535   3/29/2012 12:57:33 PM
NO RATINGS
Re: music jammer Back in the early 80s, some of the EEs where I worked built a portable version and called it the Tactical Beach Jammer (TBJ) intending to drown out annoying disco music at the beach.

ezeitler
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
ezeitler   3/15/2012 4:36:20 AM
NO RATINGS
In the early days of LANs, there was a Macintosh program called "BSoD" for "blue screen of death" One could use it to send a ping to a windoze computer which would promptly crash the receiving PC. Once you knew the IP address of the victims PC, always a sales guy. Enough said.....

Clance
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
Clance   2/3/2012 10:37:19 PM
NO RATINGS
In the early days of personal computers, a programme was available whic was triggered by a random sequence of letters. When triggered, it put on the screen something like: "Do you really want to format Drive C: Y/N". It didn't matter what you pressed, the result was always "Formatting Drive C:" and the hard disk light would come on indefinitely. It didn't format anything but the alarm and consternation was something to behold!

cdhmanning
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
cdhmanning   2/15/2011 11:06:13 PM
NO RATINGS
My favourite is to hassle people doing power supply testing. Put a sheet of bubble wrap behind the victim's chair. When he rolls back the popping sound will have him leaping for the power switch.

David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
David Ashton   2/10/2011 9:45:32 AM
NO RATINGS
Nice ones. Your RF one reminds me of my first job - installing 2-way radios in vehicles in the Police radio workshops in Harare in Zimbabwe. (Come to think of it it was Salisbury in Rhodesia in those days...) Anyway there was a rather cute policewoman who was always in and out of the yard. So whenever she drove in or out, we'd put a dummy load on our radio, ensuring it could be picked up by her but no-one else outside about 100 yards range, and talk to her - a mix of "Welcome back, beautiful!", "Bye, come back soon" and other flirty comments. She eventually found us out, but took it very well. I even went out with her a couple of times after that...thinks...wonder where she is now....

eeinsea
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
eeinsea   2/9/2011 9:01:51 PM
NO RATINGS
I once worked with a business development manager who liked to listen to a hard rock radio station in his office on the other side of the wall from the lab. We had an RF generator with an FM modulation feature. I hooked up a small loop "antenna" to the generator output, then hooked a boom-box speaker output to the RF generator's modulation input. After inserting a CD, I powered the rig up and tuned to the appopriate RF frequency. All of a sudden, the biz dev guy's favorite radio station switched from hard rock to a Hungarian folk music format. Another bit of fun involved taking the flash unit out of a disposable camera, mounting it behind the "message waiting" light in the engr. manager's phone, and running a wire so we could trip it from down the hall. We would set it off once or twice a day, at random times, illuminating his whole cube in brilliant white light. That went on for about two weeks with the manager getting progressively more concerned about his mental health, until one day we set it off when he happened to be looking right at it. Gig up.

David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
David Ashton   2/9/2011 6:19:55 AM
NO RATINGS
You really hated the guy, didn't you?

David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
David Ashton   2/9/2011 6:19:24 AM
NO RATINGS
It's VegEmite, not vegamite, but I'd agree it is a taste usually only acquired by Australians, I get South African or English Marmite rather. Vegemite would certainly bcause alarm to someone who wasn't used to it....

the_real_bigfoot
User Rank
Rookie
re: Engineering practical jokes--video edition
the_real_bigfoot   2/9/2011 5:07:59 AM
NO RATINGS
I love the mustard idea...However, the Australians eat one of the nastiest substances known to man, that is called "vegamite". For lack of a better description, it is a yeast paste. But that descrition falls far short of the actual taste--which will leave the average person alternating between wiping their tongue off with paper towels, and gargeling with the strongest solvent that they dare put in their mouth. So I tip my hat to your original idea, but there is rarely an idea so good, that it can't be improved on a little mit.

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Flash Poll
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Engineer's Bookshelf
Caleb Kraft

The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
Caleb Kraft
3 comments
To say that Andy Weir's The Martian is an exploration of math, Mars, and feces is a slight simplification. I doubt that the author would have any complaints, though.

The Engineering Life - Around the Web
Caleb Kraft

Surprise TOQ Teardown at EELive!
Caleb Kraft
Post a comment
This year, for EELive! I had a little surprise that I was quite eager to share. Qualcom had given us a TOQ smart watch in order to award someone a prize. We were given complete freedom to ...

Design Contests & Competitions
Caleb Kraft

Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
Caleb Kraft
53 comments
Sometimes it can feel like you're really performing in the big tent when presenting your hardware. This month's caption contest exemplifies this wonderfully.

Engineering Investigations
Caleb Kraft

Frankenstein's Fix: The Winners Announced!
Caleb Kraft
8 comments
The Frankenstein's Fix contest for the Tektronix Scope has finally officially come to an end. We had an incredibly amusing live chat earlier today to announce the winners. However, we ...

Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)