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Over-The-Top Power Settings

When full power just isn't enough!
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Ever crank up an appliance or any other product up to the max, while bawling "FULL POWER!", and finding out that it's not enough to do the job? Bathroom ventilator, household heating, stereo speakers, the TV, the clothes washer and dryer, the dishwasher, the stove, the car, all not fast enough, not strong enough and not delivering results?

Power settings that push products beyond specifications has been standard practice for modern jetliners (overboost engine power for escaping wind shear) and computer overclockers pushing their machines until they become unstable.

The knobs on all appliances should go up to the usual "maximum" setting, then have a red "overload" zone beyond. It would light up the afterburners on the toaster, the baseboard heater, clothes dryer or make a tall blue flame shoot out the top of the gas stove. It would set the clothes washer on "Turbo-Churn", the dishwasher to "Power-Spray Pressure-Wash", the microwave oven to "Turbo Nuke", the fridge to "Snow Job" and the air conditioner to "Arctic Blast".

The stereo volume knob would have the usual max setting, but if you crank it up beyond the max to "full blast", then an actual blast should result, shattering the roof, blowing out all the windows in your home and hurling its contents across the street.

The car would have a detent gate on the gas pedal, so if you were to push it really hard, the gate would break and unlock more power reserves, should you want your car to have bigger explosions in those cylinders.

Of course, these power settings takes a toll on your poor appliances and vehicles, causing voided warranties, power failures in some, malfunctions in others, and occasionally the smoldering crater filled with fire and wreckage, so manufacturers may (or may not) feel compelled to design and build more powerful and more robust machines to withstand the power-mongering whims of their users.

...whatever it is you turn on, always crank it up to "Full Blast"...

Cmon, hand over the bread!

ThunderYak, Dec 30 2003

google found this... http://www.halfbake...ST_2011_20Amplifier
[po, Oct 04 2004]

Marshall JCM900 amp http://www.marshall...archive/jcm900.html
The gain on this Marshall amp goes up to 20. [richard b, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

JATO http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/
Hilarious. [saker, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) JATO - The REAL story http://www.wagoneer...cketCar/rockit.html
Not 'exactly' like the urban legend [Klaatu, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       This product is a pure stroke of genius!!! I am surprised that nobody from the U.S.A. or the U.K. did not think of this idea before! Quite the idea...I applaud you ThunderYak! Give him the bread that he so truly deserves!!!
hugo14, Dec 30 2003

       baked in 'spinal tap' where the volume goes up to 11.
neilp, Dec 30 2003

       //Cmon, hand over the bread!// spoilt this completely...funny that!
po, Dec 30 2003

       I think that Paul Muad'ib said much the same to his sister Alia.
To paraphrase: <ahem>"A Bene Gesserit would question the validity of an open ended system?"</ahem>

       30Dec. I'm with ya [po]
gnomethang, Dec 30 2003

       Wow!! this is waaaay too cooool Maaan!!! Hand over bread, lettuce, spam, everrrrything!!!!   

       --hugoyak, Dec 30 2003
neelandan, Dec 31 2003

       this idea is a little Spinal Tap, a curious band ...   

       Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and -
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?


       Given that this film came out in 1984, this idea might be baked.
jonthegeologist, Dec 31 2003

       It was on telly late last night too!
gnomethang, Dec 31 2003

       "Ludicrous speed? Sir, we've never gone that fast before. I don't know if this ship can take it."   

       "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz, chicken?"   

       "Prepare ship, prepare ship for ludicrous speed. Fasten all seat belts, seal all entrances and exits, close all shops in the mall, cancel the 3-ring circus, secure all animals in the zoo..."
RayfordSteele, Dec 31 2003

       The air conditioning in some cars used to go to a "desert" setting. This allowed for an increase in pressure in the refrigeration system, resulting in temperatures at the core of less than 32F. If used at a location other than the desert, the core would freeze over with frost/ice and stop blowing cold air.
Buster452, Jan 26 2004

       Reminds me of the 1995 Darwin Awards Winner, "Jet Assisted Take-Off." <link>
saker, Jan 26 2004

       Reminds me of the 1995 Darwin Awards Winner, "Jet Assisted Take-Off." and the real story behind it. <link>
Klaatu, Jan 27 2004

       //the clothes washer and dryer// my clothes washer plays songs
andrew1, Apr 26 2005

       that jato - the real story link is amazing,it could be made into a movie great [true?] story: 9.5/10
andrew1, Apr 26 2005

       Just finished reading the real story. Or so the author claims, in any case, and none of us can refute him. This idea, however, is definitely baked in "This is Spinal Tap" as per [neilp]'s anno.
david_scothern, Apr 26 2005


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