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May 14, 2016

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Screaming Meanie Alarm Clock


Below, my 2013 post featuring this unique alarm clock.


Once again this puppy saved my bacon when lesser alarm clocks failed me big-time.

It happened Tuesday when I was scheduled to be somewhere at 10 a.m. sharp.

I set my series of alarm clocks — starting with the digital one, then two travel alarms each set for 2 minutes after the previous alarm time, and then finally the Screaming Meanie, armed to go off 20 minutes after the first — and darned if I wasn't jolted awake by the Screaming Meanie with all three of the others simultaneously going off but somehow unacknowledged in the now almost audibly pulsating darkness.

See, I sleep with earplugs — really, really good earplugs (Mack's — about which more in a future post) and so an alarm clock has to be really loud to get my attention.

When the Screaming Meanie erupts it's as if your heart is on the verge of stopping — its klaxon-like, emergency-vehicle-siren squeal is SO LOUD it really seems like it could be capable of waking the dead.

When you absolutely, positively have to get up, this is the alarm clock you want on your nightstand.

If it should fail to do the trick, simply let me know and I will cheerfully refund twice what you paid for it.

That's the bookofjoe Way.

FunFact: This is the default alarm clock of long-distance truckers.





N.B. Originally featured in this space in 2004, the Screaming Meanie made encore performances in 2005, 2008, and 2013.

The 2005 post is very entertaining, even 11 years later: I laughed out loud as I read it last night. 

Your response may differ.

But I digress.

This is too good a machine not to be periodically re-introduced to a whole new cast of readers.

The name alone makes it a winner.

The device lasts, too: I bought the translucent green one (top) back in the 20th century and have dropped it and abused it too many times to recall, yet it still blasts that 120 dB alarm which pretty much stops my heart when it explodes in the dark and literally levitates me off the mattress.

I find it amazing that today's iteration is both cheaper ($27.64) and louder (120 dB) than the 2004 version ($29.99; 110 dB).

Oh, yeah, one last thing: you'll want to remove the 9V battery before packing it in either your carry-on or checked bag.

The reason is that there's no lock switch to prevent accidental pressure from activating the test mode. 

If this puppy goes off at the high (120 dB) setting inside a bag in an airport, you're gonna find yourself face down on the floor surrounded by people with automatic weapons with safeties off in a TSA yoctosecond.

Fair warning.

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