Step 2: Discharge High Voltage
Use an alligator clip attached from a long screwdriver to the ground strap on the monitor.
Carefully slide the screwdriver under the anode cup until you touch the center metal clip, or you hear a loud pop. If it's been a while since the monitor was on, there probably won't be any voltage left to discharge.
Once you've done that, it is now safe to remove the anode by squeezing the clip at the base.
WARNING: I shouldn't have to tell anyone working inside a monitor that there is a very real danger of being electrocuted if you touch the wrong thing. (You did unplug it first, right?)
SECOND WARNING: If you have a heart condition or a pace maker, you obviously should steer clear of this hack.
THIRD WARNING: The monitor I used for this hack was a small one. The voltage was quite high, but the current is not enough to harm you. It's enough to get your attention, but could potentially have the same effect as a very powerful stun gun.