Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 6 / 6
AndyMcC
User Rank
Rookie
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
AndyMcC   4/3/2013 11:39:23 AM
NO RATINGS
There's the 70's Wireless World article 'Dynamic Range Versus Ambient Noise' by George Izzard O'Veering, which can be found at: http://sound.westhost.com/dynamic-range.htm I also remember a magazine called Elektor which had some spoof circuits in its April editions, like a 'Battery Eliminator', which was a dead short.

old account Frank Eory
User Rank
Rookie
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
old account Frank Eory   4/2/2013 11:32:59 PM
NO RATINGS
Still one of my favorites -- I believe it was in the EDN April Supplement sometime in the mid 80s -- was a pair of logarithmic amplifiers that used microprocessors as diodes in the feedback path of the op-amp by connecting VSS & VDD backwards. One circuit used an Intel processor and the other a Motorola processor, and as I recall, the article included test data and a discussion about which was the better chip to use for this application, Intel or Motorola. The hilarious thing of course, was that these were functioning log amp circuits.

Doctor Jay
User Rank
Rookie
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
Doctor Jay   4/2/2013 8:22:09 PM
NO RATINGS
I was a sucker for an article in one of trade magazines in the 70's-80's, like Popular Electronics, or Electronics Illustrated It was an article about an "In-Situ" solar panel using cookie trays and sand. I had no clue!

mhrackin
User Rank
CEO
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
mhrackin   4/2/2013 8:19:53 PM
NO RATINGS
BTW, I have a 60-year collection of QST! I'm glad the ARRL just started an e-mag-only option. I had no more room left in the floor-to-ceiling bookcase! W4LGN, LM of both ARRL and IEEE

mhrackin
User Rank
CEO
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
mhrackin   4/2/2013 8:04:02 PM
NO RATINGS
How about the LONG series of April Fool articles in QST magazine by Larsen E. Rapp? Ran about 30 years or so as I recall. Started in early '50s, maybe even '40s! Largely RF-related, of course.

Tim W
User Rank
Manager
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
Tim W   4/2/2013 6:15:12 PM
NO RATINGS
Long live the early 1980's April Engineering Supplement of EDN magazine.

ninjaneer451
User Rank
Rookie
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
ninjaneer451   4/2/2013 4:54:19 PM
NO RATINGS
Lest e forget the Turbo-Encabulator

adkozin
User Rank
Rookie
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
adkozin   4/2/2013 4:23:24 PM
NO RATINGS
My favorite was the Electrovoice Rearaxial Softspeaker

betajet
User Rank
CEO
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
betajet   4/1/2013 9:33:37 PM
NO RATINGS
For truly hilarious electronics-related spoofery, it's hard to beat Microsoft's operating system parody "Bob".

betajet
User Rank
CEO
re: The best electronics-related April Fools' spoof ever?
betajet   4/1/2013 9:30:54 PM
NO RATINGS
My favorite is "The Cat Battery", originally published in Life Magazine in 1884 and republished in IEEE Spectrum in August 1984. Unfortunately, you have to fork over $13 (IEEE member rate) for a copy of something that's long been in the public domain. So much for the Internet. Anyway, the article describes how when you put two cats together (especially male), you see electrical phenomena such as hair standing on end and if you wire the cats together in series by clipping on jumpers you see even more pronounced electrical effects. Most cats have a resistance of one home (pronounced "Ohm"), though some cats have more than one 'ome and some unfortunate cats are 'omeless. The article has wonderful 19th century drawings of cats in both excited and quiescent states.

<<   <   Page 6 / 6


Flash Poll
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
The Engineering Life - Around the Web
Terry Cutler, CTO, Digital Locksmiths

The USB Keys in the Urinal
Terry Cutler, CTO, Digital Locksmiths
Post a comment
Security is a major obsession today, particularly as the industry makes the shift from traditional, standalone devices to the design of connected, networked systems that are “always ...

Engineer's Bookshelf
Caleb Kraft

The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
Caleb Kraft
6 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.

Design Contests & Competitions
Caleb Kraft

Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
Caleb Kraft
58 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)