A painful device to punish hat thieves


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/06/14/a-painful-device-to-punish-hat.html


#2

Patent seems to be missing the mind control and spite for it’s inventor it needs to be truly villainous.


#3

It’s doesn’t sound like any hat fitted with this device would be very comfortable, even if you knew the code.


#4

This invention will not deter hat abusers of the sort described by Hermann Melville in Moby Dick:

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off–then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

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#5

I can totally see someone coming up with a kickstarter for a modern version for hipster hats. And it will be an IoT device and come with an app. And it will be total crap.


#6

For underwear too.


#7

And it will be infected with remote-control malware. Let the games begin!


#8

Like this?


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#10

Do you want more Phineas Gages? Cuz this sounds like how you get more Phineas Gages.


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#12

This would be a great feature during monsoon season.


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#14

The early 20th century had its own version of IoS.


#15

Of course the National Hat Association has been successful in suppressing statistics on how often this attacks the user versus perpetrator.


#16

There really is one for everything:


#17

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#18

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