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Instructables and ThinkGeek love a good prank, and in the spirit of the season, we're offering a bounty on the best Instructable that surprises, stymies, or just straight-up annoys your target.

The prank can be simple or complex, involve yarn or a supercomputer, but it must involve some physical object that you make for the prank. Extra points for originality!

The 1st place winner will win a $150 ThinkGeek gift certificate, an Annoy-a-tron 2.0, and a Phantom Keystroker V2. Two second place winners will each receive $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate, an Annoy-a-tron 2.0, and a Phantom Keystroker V2, and 6 runners-up will each win an Instructables prize bundle.

Winners will be determined by the evil ThinkGeek Overlords after a round of user voting.

Every dastardly plotter is a winner in our book, so each entrant will receive a ThinkGeek coupon code for $5 off $25+ or $10 off $40+ orders.

We'd wish you all luck, but it's probably your friends and family that will need it most. BWA HA HA HA.

To enter the contest:

  1. Make a new Instructable that documents your prank with original text and photos and submit it to the site.
  2. Upon publishing your Instructable you will see an option to enter it in the contest. Select the Project: Prank Contest to enter.
  3. If you skipped past that option, click here to enter your Instructable.


Prizes:

First Prize:$150 ThinkGeek gift certificate, an Annoy-a-tron 2.0, and a Phantom Keystroker V2.

Also an Instructable Prize Pack, including a one-year Pro membership, Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.


Second Prize: $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate, an Annoy-a-tron 2.0, and a Phantom Keystroker V2.

Also an Instructable Prize Pack, including a one-year Pro membership, Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.


Runner Up: Instructables Prize Pack, which includes a one-year Pro membership, Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Open to enter: March 8, 2010 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: April 4, 2010 11:59 PM PST

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Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.
hi im from mexico and i want know if i can paticipate
 Which are the list of countries allowed. I hope it allows my country.
They have changed the description on the contest. It states that international entries are allowed so you can join :)<br />
&nbsp;What if i said my country was iraq? its not
Then you could still enter but I would hope that your package is not driven in by car... (Black humor, in no means ment to offend you)<br />
&nbsp;ok, im not black, in my instructabale you can clearly see what race i am
Sorry translation error. I meant to say &quot;Dark humor&quot; in dutch we call it &quot;zwarte humor&quot; and directly translated it would say &quot;black humor&quot; instead of the english &quot;dark humor&quot;. My apologies<br />
&nbsp;I am interested about this &quot;dark humour(humor)&quot; concept, would you please explain, preferably on my orange board as the owner of this board may be angry about small talk.
Like I read it international entries are allowed. But just to make sure... Are they? Thanks in advance.<br />
&nbsp;international entries allowed if list of countries
I'm curious about the last part of rule number 7: &quot;or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.&quot;<br /> Isn't that the point of this contest? At least to annoy....
Good catch - one presumes its the anti-trolling rule, and only applies to the online community.&nbsp; Pranking someone on ibles will win you the contest, and get you banned :S<br />

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