Silly-String-shooting Jack-‘o-lantern

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Silly-String-shooting Jack-‘o-lantern

From Instructables user Eric Kingston comes this Arduino-controlled Silly String shooting pumpkin. It’s motion-activated, makes a Goblin-esque cackling noise, and Tweets a report each time it squirts another victim. Eric also wins a thousand internet video style points for making his whole point in five seconds with no talking!

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4 thoughts on “Silly-String-shooting Jack-‘o-lantern

  1. ThatBozGuy says:

    It would be easy to see this great gag go really wrong very quickly. Silly string and its vapors can ignite when it is being dispatched.

    You may want to “hide” this pumpkin in among other “regular” jack o lanterns but any close source of open flame can set it off and suddenly little jimmy experiences instant flame thrower instead of ghoulish giggles and grins.

    You may also be tempted to keep the pumpkin lit with a candle to disguise it as just one of the gang, same disastrous outcome, poof goes little princess penelope.

    Flame and silly string dont mix, unless for survival means with a twisted sense of humor, after the fall of civilization, then, game on.

    Just one extra step of caution when using this great gag.

    1. David says:

      Considering this maker loves electronics, I believe he would use LEDs to make things bright ;)

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