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We wanted a monkey butler and bought one off eBay. Imagine our surprise when we found it was just an ordinary monkey with rabies. Worse: It had no butler training at all. Tell us about your duff technology purchases.

Thanks to Moonbadger for the suggestion

(, Thu 29 Sep 2011, 12:51)
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Add a touch of lethal to your children's parties!

Back in the mid 80's, my parents used to do a lot of shopping at Bookers cash & carry. As well as food items in amazing bulk sizes (who in the world would want that many prunes?) they'd also sell 'odd' items on special, a bit like ALDI do. Random items, usually from China.
Anyway, it was my brother's birthday and mum returned from the C&C armed with a round carboard tube, with a wick at the bottom, marked 'PARTY BOMB'.
The idea was simple. A firework full of plastic toys. Light the fuse, a bit of a bang, flying toys, happy kids. Easy.
Mum lights the fuse and (thankfully) makes everyone stand well back. there's a moment of quiet and then


The fucker explodes with amazing force and, as promised, the toys are blown out. Unfortunately the firework is so powerful that most of the toys are blown into splinters. Most of what's left hits the ceiling and shatters. About ten percent survive intact. A week later and a news report confirms that we were one of the lucky groups to escape with our eyes. They were banned straight afterwards.

What better way to celebrate your eleventh birthday than with a perspex shrapnel bomb?
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 11:29, 11 replies)
That doesn't sound like a crap gadget ...
that sounds ACE!
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 11:36, closed)
Something to throw at passing cyclists?

(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 19:54, closed)
"Revenge of the Piñata"
Now showing at a cinema near you.
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 11:37, closed)
A tilde? Cool!

(, Thu 6 Oct 2011, 9:08, closed)
I like to party

(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 11:40, closed)
Aah, the 80's.
Remember when all these fields were full of trampolines without netting and safety cushions, slip and slides ending in brick walls and backyard cricket with full strength leather balls (none of this nerf softness in my day).
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 11:50, closed)
Bring back Lawn Darts!

(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 12:08, closed)
you mean these?
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 12:35, closed)
I doubt these are explosive as the OP's 1980s model
which I would totally buy.

I'd like to see an outdoors version that fired off like a rocket and showered toys from the sky. It might mutilate a few children, but imagine how delighted the unscathed ones would be.
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 13:36, closed)
That sort of thing,
but imagine them full of the kind of perspex toys you might find in a cracker, more obviously out of a container straight from China and packing the kind of firework that could be used in a quarry blast.
(, Thu 6 Oct 2011, 5:24, closed)

Short shocked pause, then - 'Again Again!!!'
(, Wed 5 Oct 2011, 21:08, closed)

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