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ThinkGeek April Fools’ Product: USB Pregnancy Test

April 2, 2008

ThinkGeek always has fun April Fools’ Day faux tech goodies, including my personal past favorite, the “Grow Your Own 1UP Mushroom. Among yesterday’s slew of silly products, though, was this gem – PTeq, the USB Pregnancy Test. Pee on one end, plug the other into a USB port, and “the LCD display on the device itself will light up and show you the symbol of a baby, no baby, or multiples and your Estimated Delivery Date based on the concentration of hCG, hCG-H, and LH in your urine. So you can clear your calendar in advance.”

The copy on this fake pee stick is pretty amusing, with lines like, “you don’t have to worry about this thing busting you for that ‘poppy seed bagel’ you had yesterday,” “We recommend the use of horizontal USB drives for this product to prevent accidental moisture transference,” and the suggestion that there’s a mass spectrometer inside a USB stick. Heh.

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  1. April 2, 2008 9:52 am

    You know what, I believe that I am the worlds biggest sucker. No matter what I read lately I am convinced all is true. What is wrong with me ” today is not April fools day” help I need a doctor

    • E.P. Hansen permalink
      April 3, 2009 9:10 pm

      It’s okay, Jake, you don’t need a doctor. I actually fell for both this and the ice dagger (I collect swords / daggers, and DROOLED when I saw an ice dagger that NO OTHER COLLECTOR I KNOW would have… ::sigh::).

      You are afflicted with a terrible, but treatable, condition known as “Trust”. Prior to the technological age, nearly 98% of the population was inflicted with this same horrible condition. Symptoms of “Trust” are:

      * Believing that people are actually telling you the truth
      * Expecting the best of your fellow humans
      * Failing to understand why others would wish to deceive you
      * Lack of desire to lie to, con, bedevil, disillusion or otherwise deceive your fellow man
      * Genuine confusion and frustration when finding yourself deceived

      There is currently no medication available to treat this condition, however you will be pleased to note that 92% of those afflicted have overcome this condition by living life. Scientific studies have shown that overcoming this condition is directly proportional to the amount of people you are exposed to.

      I wish you all the best in recovering from this affliction we call “Trust”, and I assure you that if I was able to overcome it, you can too. Soon you will be just as jaded, cynical and sarcastic as I am.

      Best wishes,

      E.P. Hansen

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