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Traffic Booster honks at drivers as soon as the light turns green

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The Traffic Booster is a simple little device: a few resistors, some switches, a box with a cheap car horn in it. The schematics are here for easy home replication, dog-eared copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook" not required. But the apocalyptic infuriation it causes is priceless, and if deployed across a city center, the ensuing riots will cause untold millions in damages.

The French prankster art collective at Graffiti Research Lab -- who previously uploaded selfies to the iconic Minitel, and invented the spray-bomb Throwie -- intended the Traffic Booster to honk like an obnoxious Bostonian the instant the light turns green, ostensibly to move traffic right along. What it really does is induce panic in drivers at intersections, while spoon-feeding them the "art collective" manifesto of disruption, anarchism, etc. delivered in electronic annoyance. Like the Annoy-a-tron, it is an electronic doohickey designed to do nothing but annoy, infuriate, and cause inadvertent hilarity to sadists.

Annoy your friends! Enrage your neighbors! Have enlightening conversations with strangers, many of whom will probably be clenching something stick-like in short order! We watched the full one-minute video -- most of which was excited jabbering in a dead language -- and already we wanted to punch the nearest furry animal in the face. Maybe it's the tone, which is a jarring old-school blast reminiscent of a not-so-quiet night in Calcutta. Maybe it's the fact that people seem to be pretty blas


By Blake Z. Rong