This Darth Vader-Themed Clapper Is a Throwback to One of the Best '80s Gimmicks

Control your lights and TV with the clap of your hand with these Star Wars-Themed Clappers.
Control your lights and TV with the clap of your hand with these Star Wars-Themed Clappers.
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If you somehow managed to avoid the grating "Clap on! Clap off!" commercials from decades back, the Clapper was a device originally introduced in 1984 that let you control your lights, TVs, and other plug-in gadgets by way of a simple clap. And this Darth Vader-themed take on the whole thing works in the same way. Simply connect a device to the Clapper and plug it into the wall. Once it's all hooked up, you just have to clap twice to turn your devices on and off. It's about as close as you'll get to using the Force, and you can find it on Amazon for $30.

But this device does more than that. When you turn your lights on, Darth Vader says “The force is strong with this one,” and when you turn the lights off, he says, "You underestimate the power of the Dark Side.”

C-3PO light switch
The C-3PO model comes in a retro-themed Clapper box.
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If you’d rather steer clear of the Dark Side, Amazon also offers a Clapper in the form of everyone's favorite anxious protocol droid, C-3PO, for $30. It works just like the Darth Vader model, only when you turn the lights on, you’ll hear, “Hello, sir. All systems have been alerted to your presence,” and when you turn him off, he’ll say, “Something’s not right, because now I can’t see.”

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Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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