Connect-A-Cord: extension cord set with 50 1-foot cords


86 Responses to “Connect-A-Cord: extension cord set with 50 1-foot cords”

  1. grimc says:

    I’ve been searching for a convenient, economical way to have a tubside stereo! Thanks, Connect-A-Cord!

  2. Paul Coleman says:

    That Cy Hennington is a GENIUS.

  3. Brad Carter says:

    So setting your boom box on the edge of the tub while plugged into 110 volts AC is something they want to encourage??

  4. planettom says:

    The box photo seems to be professing that it’s safe to have your boombox on the edge of your tub as long as you’ve precisely measured the powercord so that it’ll disconnect if the boombox falls in the tub.  I admire those who want to live every moment of their lives like Indiana Jones, but I still wouldn’t do it; that area can still get wet enough to cause problems.   As James Bond in the GOLDFINGER prologue would say, shocking, absolutely shocking!  

  5. mattmanning says:

    That tub picture is a lawsuit waiting to happen. I hope that’s a GFCI outlet . . . .

  6. Brainspore says:

    This product wouldn’t be necessary if that stupid contractor had just installed the power outlet at tub-level like most bathrooms.

  7. splashu says:

    Looks like some people didn’t actually click the link… 

    • planettom says:

       You’re right; I am shamed.  Particularly since I used that Family Blankeez box to send all my Christmas gifts to my family the year before last.

  8. awjt says:

    The Troll is hard with this one.

  9. Jorpho says:

    Actually, it’s surprisingly handy.  Plug a bunch of those into a power bar, and you have your very own power “squid” that can easily accommodate a whole bunch of bulky AC adapters.

    Monoprice charges 99 cents each for a quantity of 50 of these things, so yes, $8 is an incredible bargain! Or it would be, if this wasn’t fake. :(

    • Right! At first I thought that’s what this was. Then a second later I realised…

    • MonkeyBoy says:

      A few years back I was experiencing USB port blockage problems and  tried to find a few 6″ USB cables. No regular place seemed to sell them.

      I wound up buying like 10 for $5 from Ebay. I store the extras plugged end-to-end but I’ve never tried using them as just 1 USB cable.

  10. Dave McCaig says:

    I would buy the heck out of this if it were real. I have about 10 1 ft extension cords around the house already – they’re great for thwarting wall warts hogging space on power bars. I never thought to connect them together though.

    • “They’re great for thwarting wall warts hogging space on power bars,” explained Dave, as he hustled Tom Edison IV down a street illuminated by tubes of excited noble gasses. Tom had barely understood a word anyone had said since he left the Electrical Palace at Luna Park, only to find the park deserted and in ruins. It was as though he’d stepped into some alternative to his own familiar reality, a topsy-turvy world with power stations the size of textile mills and international wireless telegraphy, yet a world in which even the most sophisticated of electric piles could scarcely power a single automobile, let alone a deluxe airship of the line. A world run on alternating current.

      Tom shuddered involuntarily as Dave led him into a small boutique with the curious name, “Radio Shack.”

    • Sam says:

      Yeah, at that price I’d buy two boxes. Whether it’s to mitigate wall-warts or because you need just a little extra cord, One/two foot extension cords are shockingly useful. *cough* 

  11. coop says:

    I love it. With all those connections it could double as a room heater. ;-)

    • Glen Able says:

      I bought the deluxe version with gold-plated connectors, so no such problems for me.  Also it makes my bathtub cassette tapes sound vastly superior.

  12. Philboyd Studge says:

    It’s just the thing for when “White Rabbit” peaks.

  13. xzzy says:

    I put my wife’s “big” christmas present in one of these prank boxes last year (the pet auto-petter one) and it worked remarkably well. She kind of gave one of those “oh well isn’t that nice” bits and moved on to the next present. 

    It took almost 20 minutes (long after everyone in the family had opened everything) to convince her to actually open it and discover what was actually inside.

    Moral of the story: best $8 I’d ever spent on cardboard.

  14. bfarn says:

    “Ah, but there’s a snag, you see. Due to bad planning, the hundred and twenty-two thousand miles is in three inch lengths. So it’s not very useful.”

  15. cowbell says:

    Wouldn’t it be better to have 4 ten-footers, a five-footer and five one-footers?

    • ddh819 says:

      like a band-aid assortment box!

    • If you really want The Perfect Length Power Cord!, then six cords, in 2^n foot lengths from n in [0,5] so you can have any length you want in one-foot increments from one foot to 63 feet. 

      Not much use for a second cord after you’ve used up some for the first, but then again the box doesn’t say Several Perfect Length Power Cords!

  16. Preston Sturges says:

    Somewhere there is a fire inspector having a heart attack….

    Seriously, I once had a fire inspector threaten a $300 ticket for a 3 outlet plug adapter.

    • snowmentality says:

       I’m not a fire inspector, but my first thought was a sarcastic “What could possibly go wrong?”

      I’m trying to dig up a website I saw a while back — it was a compendium of really terrible, dangerous DIY wiring jobs. (Like “There I Fixed It” but only for wiring, and not part of the Cheezburger empire.) There were some amazing examples of extension cord abuse.

      (And yes, everyone, I get that this is a joke product.)

      • timquinn says:

        This old house has something like that. Pretty amusing series.

      • Clifton says:

        I think I remember the site you’re talking about, but I don’t have an URL.

        Maybe the Naval Safety Center has something along the lines of what you’re thinking of?  Their weekly photos have some mind-blowingly awful wiring jobs, but it isn’t all wiring.  There are also plenty of cases of “Try to use forklift to lift smaller forklift up to where it can lift pallet” and similar. 

        It appears they’ve got archives here, but for some god-awful reason they’ve converted most of them to Powerpoint files.

        Also, tangentially, I’ve taken fire inspector fussiness about extension cords and multiple outlets a lot more seriously ever since I saw a daisy-chained power strip in my company’s server room actually burst into flames.

  17. theophrastvs says:

    Too bad they aren’t “Y”s.   Just think of the graph theory one could explore.

  18. Mockiovelli says:

    I was real disappointed when I saw that the link didn’t go to amazon.  $8 would have been a good deal for all those cords…

    Think of all the replacement plugs!  Think of all the sockets!

  19. guygadbois says:

    But can it core a apple?

  20. I don’t know what made me laugh more – the tubside boom box or the notion that someone would buy this AND THEN STRING TOGETHER ALL FIFTY CORDS FOR SOME REASON.

  21. I don’t see the actual product at that link. If this weren’t a gag, it sure would be a great deal on 1ft ‘plug savers’ so wallworts didnt take up 3 outlets.

  22. Nash Rambler says:

    The product demonstration photos on the box are straight out of the home hazards awareness poster.  Appliance near the tub, man overreaching on a shaky ladder, plastic cord stretched over an open stove element.  Invitations to a grisly death all!  Sure this product is a godsend, if you worship Cthulu.

  23. David Perriman says:

    They gotta be kidding! Are they seriously suggesting using a mains-driven radio in the bathroom? As for a power outlet also in that damp, humid room, words fail me. A recipe for electrocution if ever I saw it.

  24. Haha “Wake & Bake Griddle”.

  25. Ethan says:

    What everyone is missing is that the stereo on the tub is the PERFECT example of why someone would want–nay, NEED–a connect-a-cord. Because the extension cord is the precise link, it will unplug itself automatically if that stereo happened to slip.

    Because we’re only shown the front of the box, we can’t see the equally compelling photo on the back in which an electric lawnmower is headed straight for the pet dog. Thank goodness it’s powered by a perfect-length connect-a-cord!

    • Halloween_Jack says:

      That was my initial thought, too, but there’s just a little too much slack in that cord. The smart thing to do is to have the boom box sitting anywhere but the edge of the tub, and to have a model that includes a remote for changing volume/stations/tracks/whatever.

  26. Anthony I says:

    Is this product UL listed?

  27. a_w_young says:

    Gag or lawsuit bait?


  28. pjcamp says:

    Now I can plug in 50 wall warts!

  29. Spray-on Datacenter for Exterior Walls and the NEMA-8 version of this are a perfect match. You might be reaching for the Goulomb ruler knockoffs, or the paintable solar and thermal wall materiel solutions available, but this is the one.  

  30. hrferic says:

    it’s the boombox of Damocles

  31. hrferic says:

    I’d like to BUY this for the low-low price of $8,but can’t seem to find it anywhere.Perhaps it’s a CONCEPT extension cord??

  32. boombox, bath, woman. very unfortunate.

  33. Angela says:

    ConnectACord Prank Pack will be for sale at later this fall (along with a couple other new styles)!

  34. Tyson Mowat says:

    Up here in Northern Canada, we plug in our vehicles when it gets really cold. I have lost a dozen extension cords over the years by driving away without remembering to unplug. These 1-foot cords are not only available, but worth it for that purpose. So parody imitates life imitates parody…

  35. jonnay says:

    As someone who has too many wall warts, I am sad this product doesn’t exist.  Very sad.

  36. My first thought?  Use it to connect adapters to my power strips so I can finally have more then three plugs per strip.  I’m sad it’s not real.

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