Mensa Alarm Clock: Only Geniuses Need Apply

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Frankly, we find this to be one of the sillier things we've seen in a while, but with some friends in American Mensa we had to write about it. It's the Mensa Puzzle Alarm clock, and apparently it's been developed with the assistance of the U.K. Mensa branch. Not a genius? Move along; you'll never turn it off.



Seriously, it's similar to that old Simon game. You have to remember and enter a sequence of colored lights to shut the darn thing off. However, if you get it wrong or are too slow, it'll sound the alarm again --- this time louder --- and louder --- and louder.



Of course, if you look carefully, there's a "Wimp Out" button. Press that, and you'll get a bonus of 30 seconds of an extra loud alarm as punishment.





Now, it doesn't seem to be available on the U.K. Mensa site, though they do have other gadgets for sale. Despite that, I assume that with www.mensa.org.uk emblazoned on the clock, it was indeed developed in concert with Mensa.



It doesn't seem to be available in any U.S. stores, but it's on eBay and at Amazon's U.K. site.



Strangely, the U.S. Mensa site is much more boring than the U.K. site; the only gifts it has for the holidays is a gift test set, no gadgets as on the U.K. site.



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pbbyebye replied on Tue, Dec 23 2008 10:49 AM

I know exactly who to get that for.

My brother in law.

Maybe it will get him up the first time.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Dec 23 2008 10:57 AM

Wait... this was co-developed by Mensa and they couldn't come up with anything more clever than a crummy Simon knockoff???

They realize that makes them look like idiots, right?

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if you think those are bad then check out these, its not  hard to turn them off but just really annoying.

http://www.uberreview.com/2006/03/top-ten-most-annoying-alarm-clocks.htm

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Dec 23 2008 5:03 PM

LoL... great list Der Meister!

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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We should get some of these clocks for Dave and Marco! Wink

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Dec 23 2008 7:47 PM

I keep thinking the first one would startle me, I'd bolt upright, and knock myself out when my head hit it.

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Der Meister:

if you think those are bad then check out these, its not  hard to turn them off but just really annoying.

http://www.uberreview.com/2006/03/top-ten-most-annoying-alarm-clocks.htm

I would smash every one of those. I wake up on my own every morning. I think a alarm is the worst way in the world to wake up.

 

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I personally like number 1 and 3. Number one being my most favorite, I would hate that thing...

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I wish I new some one I could throw the sonic grenade at, that would be a great gag! Perfect to mess with your college room mates after a hard night of drinking!

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ice_73 replied on Thu, Dec 25 2008 12:25 AM

great list der! , ohh and btw, mensa is stupid, you basically pay money for them to tell you, you are smart. i know that already, i dont need to pay for mensa to tell me that.

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