Fun with Unrecognizable Electronics
My wife buys stuffed animals for 10 cents at the thrift store and gives them to our dog ceremoniously each week. Usually, he will play with one for about 15 minutes then tear it to shreds, but a few weeks ago it was different.
The ‘baby’ he received was a very special… when bitten in the right place, it would vibrate and play a song. This was very curious to Martin, who had never seen such a thing before, and who is a dog and therefore has a dog’s intellect.
After two weeks, curiosity got the better of him. He tore the baby apart to find a white fist-sized device inside with a giant button on it. Sensing an oportunity, I took the device into school with me the next day.
After some thinking, I realized that the perfect thing to do was slap a coat of paint on the button and give it a new destiny — an evil destiny! When finished, I unveiled the Death Ray to a few of my younger classes. Freshman loved it. Everyone wanted to push it. I told them it would have catastrophic ramifications if they did.
Do something wrong, I’ll zap you with the Death Ray. Do something right, I may let you zap something with the Death Ray. Basically, I’m using positive and negative reenforcement with a device that is supposedly violent. So I’m a horrible teacher.
I knew it was worth it when I took one lucky student in the hall, told him to concentrate hard on something he wanted to blow up and then instructed him to push the button. His eyes narrowed, he thought for a moment… he pushed the button and began laughing hysterically when the Death Ray quivered and belted out “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”