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Motion-activated “Jan in the Pan”

Reader JC just submitted this fantastic haunted house prop to our Make: Halloween Contest 2009. It’s a recreation of the always-lovely female lead from 1962’s sci-fi camp classic The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, immortalized in 1993 as Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s experiment 513 (and, arguably, before that by Steve Martin’s The Man with Two Brains).

“She won’t be doing any heavy lifting for awhile…”

Make: Halloween Contest 2009

Microchip Technology Inc. and MAKE have teamed up to present to you the Make: Halloween Contest 2009! Show us your embedded microcontroller Halloween projects and you could be chosen as a winner.


I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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