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New ExhausTXT Gift Box - CN-WTF

New ExhausTXT Gift Box - CN-WTF

We just wanted to design a product that we’d all like to have, without actually having to go to the trouble of getting components manufactured in China, getting it assembled in Mexico, and then shipped from some sweat shop in LA or NYC. announced the availability of their ExhausTXT gift box, which reveals a device that enables Car2Car Text Communication. Although the product is bogus, the gag gift box is real. The fake product runs on either batteries or an optional car charger, and works via a person’s smartphone to send text messages to other drivers through a device that mounts in the rear car window.

The company said that people could put their ‘crappy’ presents inside of it, and give it to some loud-mouthed relative of theirs who is constantly yelling obscenities and flipping off other drivers. They claim that the fake gift box would be a subtle reminder to that obnoxious family member that they should tone down their personal rage index when on the road.

The company went on to say that tailgaters, horn honkers, and light flashers could all easily be repelled by simply texting an appropriate message like WTF or OMG through the device. In addition, they suggested that romantic meetings could be facilitated by sending an ILY text to a good-looking person in another car.

When asked why they didn't simply make the product, Joe DiDonato, an executive at said, “We just wanted to design a product that we’d all like to have, without actually having to go to the trouble of getting components manufactured in China, getting it assembled in Mexico, and then shipping it from some sweat shop in LA or NYC.” He went on to say, “We’re hoping that someone will steal the idea and actually create the darn thing, so that we can all use it.”

The company says that the actual fake product was designed with rotating suction cups to allow installation on the outside of special vehicles like Walmart™ mobility shopping carts, horse drawn carriages in Pennsylvania, slow-moving farm equipment in the mid-west, and even metal office cubicles. A special “Symbols & Favorites” option allows the use of “thumbs up,” “thumbs down,” and more crude gestures, in addition to flashing a phone symbol with a number to spur further conversation. The ‘Favorites’ function allows the user to depress an automatically generated phone icon to send one of their 10 most commonly used text messages with a single click.

Mr. DiDonato went on to add, “We know that most people are only aware of a few text acronyms like LOL, OMG, BFF and WTF, so we included a list of the most commonly used text messages on the back of the box for reference.” The list contains several useful Car2Car text messages like BCNU and L8R, as well as courtesy text messages like THX! for occasionally showing gratitude.

The company said that most road rage incidents are the result of not being able to adequately express oneself to another driver while confined in one’s vehicle. They think that this fake product could be a way of reducing road rage if used properly. However, the company cautioned that some text messages might actually infuriate some drivers, and said that they couldn't be responsible for flashing WTF at a car full of armed gang members.

The other issues the company discussed were whether all text messages translated properly into other languages, and whether the cardboard for their boxes was sourced from countries destroying our rain forests. On the language issue, the company said that it was pretty sure that some text messages contained letters that weren't part of the native Hawaiian language, but that none of their staff could speak a second language other than an awareness of food product names like 'burritos' and 'sushi.' They did commit that they will try to deal with language differences in future releases of the fake gift box, and invited anyone who would like to suggest Asian, South American, Canadian, or other culturally-based text messages, to do so on the company's blog at

On the issue of where they obtained the cardboard, the company said that the boxes are made in the US, and shipped from the company's Simi Valley, California fulfillment center. The company didn't know where the paper for the cardboard came from, but said that their printer certified that the source of the cardboard wasn’t from a rain forest. Off-the-record, the printer admitted that he could have given them a deeper discount if they went the rain forest route, but said that the company was made up of a "bunch of tree-huggers."

For more information on this gag gift box, go to The price for the box was announced at $7.99, with discounts on additional box shipping for large office parties where more than one "white elephant" gift had to be concealed. The product will begin shipping by November 15, 2011, now that they've convinced their printer to move their order ahead of the Cohen Bar Mitzvah.


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