Daily Giz Wiz 508: Wake and Shake

Episode 508 of the podcast

Wake and Shake
Subject: Review of Wake and Shake
Released:Wednesday 20 February 2008
Length:about 13 minutes
Download file:dgw0508.mp3 (5.9 MB)

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Short info

It's Wednesday and Leo needs the Wake and Shake to wake him up from his dream that it's Thursday.

Detailed information

The Wake and Shake from Clearsounds is an alarm clock on steroids, with jumbo numerals, phone signaller, under-the-pillow shaker (a vibration pad), and a strobe light.  Its alarm can give off up to 95 decibels (adjustable).  You can choose any combination of the alarm signals to wake up to (sound, shaker, strobe light, flash).  You can also connect your phone to the back of the clock, and it will start flashing for the hard of hearing.

For other alarm clocks for hardy sleepers, see the Clocky Walking Alarm Clock (Episode 306) and the Flying Alarm Clock (Episode 328).

What's Thursday got to do with it?

Leo likes Thursday because it's like the end of the week.  That makes sense, except it's Wednesday.

Sleeping Habits

Leo goes to bed around 10 pm and wake up at 6am.  Dick goes to bed between 3 and 4 am.

You say Potato, I say Potahto

Dick is reminded of a comedy show of an audition, in which a singer sings "You say potato, I say potato," which Dick thinks is a Cole Porter song.  The song is actually "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" by George and Ira Gershwin from the 1937 film "Shall We Dance?" starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

At night the Sporks pick on me ...

Virginia from California was at Taco Bell when she noticed a line on the hot sauce packet which Dick and Leo would love to see: "At night, the sporks pick on me ..."  Those poor defenceless hot sauce packets.  Who would have thought that sporks were evil?  Virginia also points out that Microsoft Word does not have the word "spork" in its English dictionary.  Leo confirms that it's not in the latest Mac 2008 Word either.  Dick and Leo are justifiably peeved over this glaring omission.

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