Most people know that, even at my age, I like to have fun. However, having fun for me today sometimes is limited to instigating others.
I found a fun toy on the Internet called EvilTron. It’s a small electronic
devise that makes five creepy audible sounds that barely can be heard (except
by some folks like myself). These sounds consist of something unsettling
creaking, unidentifiable scratching sounds, gasping last breath, sinister child
laughing, an eerie “Hey, can you hear me?” whispering; there’s also a random
Since the human mind can play devious tricks on itself, especially when given a
small amount of outside stimuli to work with, your thoughts easily can lead you
into a maze of paranoia, and put you into a very uncomfortable state of
heightened awareness. That odd noise that just came from somewhere really can
stir your thoughts, some resembling childhood nightmares.
This fiendishly small device of six creepy sound choices is perfect for
frightening your friends and co-workers. You simply choose your favorite sound
(or use the random mode), place it in a dark hiding spot and watch the madness
begin. It’s perfect for putting it in someone’s dorm, office, home or car. It
gets them every time. The battery lasts about a month of continuous use, and it
has a magnet for easy hiding.
I ordered five of the EvilTrons, and gave or mailed them to friends. The first
one I mailed to Cary
at Cycle Stop Valves. I didn’t tell him where to place it, but I knew that he
would choose a good place. A few hours later, the president slammed the
EvilTron on Cary’s
desk, knowing that only he would be devious enough and have guts enough to
place it in the president’s office. Cary
gave up the instigator, and shortly afterward, I received an email from Karen,
stating, “You guys are in trouble,” and “Porky, I didn’t know that you were so
devious!” That was fun, and I think Cary and I still have our jobs?
Next, I sent one to a friend at another drilling publication, and my friend and
the president of the publication hid it in the employees’ office. It drove them
bonkers for hours, trying to locate that weird noise.
Later, I gave one to a consultant friend at our cellular phone provider. She
advised me that she placed it in her friends’ room, and it drove them out of
their minds before they finally found it.
I gave another one to my hearing-aid provider, and she placed it in her
mother’s home. It drove her mother crazy until her mother located
I gave two friends at the New England Water Well Exposition EvilTrons, but I
have not received a report from them yet. Perhaps they will update me with
their stories at the New England Water Well Exposition in
I wanted to place one in my home to aggravate my wife, Bess, but I like my
living with a peaceful woman, and I’m sure it wouldn’t be peaceful while she
was looking for that weird sound – nor probably for some time after she found
it and found out that I placed it there. Besides, psychics know everything! I
enjoy having clean fun at others’ expense – and living with