Be afraid.

May 22, 2009


If you’ve never been to, you’re missing out. They sell only one thing a day, usually something quite geeky, accompanied by wonderfully funny descriptions. It’s worth it for the humor, but occasionally we actually buy something. A while back they sold a 3-pack of rechargeable smoke detectors that screw into light bulb sockets.

Cool, huh?

Well, not so cool in real life. Turns out that the detector can’t be in a fixture that’s not in a ceiling, or it’s ‘upside down’ and won’t work. It also can’t be in a fixture with a cover because 1) the thing is ginormous and 2) it will render it useless. We only have a spot for one, and its only possible location is the top of the basement steps.

So, the long and short of it is: These are amazing smoke detectors if you live in a creepy abandoned warehouse that has bare bulbs for lighting. Oh, I forgot to say that you have to charge it for two hours a week (with a 12-hour initial charge) or it will chirp like a giant mutant bird that won’t die. Awesome.

The plus side? The box they came in made an excellent alligator head for our circus.

Watch out, little boy!
That's a shame.  I liked him.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Be afraid.”

  1. Peggy Said on:

    HAHAHAHAHA!! That is hilarious!! Although probably not for the boy & his parents.

    Hey, I like the item for sale today…I’ve been wanting one of those…but I’m not so sure about purchasing from them…what with your glowing review and all!


    • Lauren Said on:

      Actually, if I had been reading carefully that day I would have caught most of the things that surprised me. Lloyd actually suggested we get them and I said, “yeah”.

      Woot is pretty honest about how bad stuff can be -- the “World’s crappiest projector” was on sale a week ago. 🙂


  2. Brad Said on:

    Maybe you could build some sort of contraption out of a lamp that hangs upside down that you could use in other rooms in your house. Sounds like a possible prototype, eh?


  3. Lloyd's Mom Said on:

    Now be honest. You really got the thing because you needed an alligator for your circus. Right??


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