One of the benefits of being home for two days with a sick child up at all hours of the night (that would be Betty) is that I've gotten the chance to do more reading than usual - blogs, my library books, the magazines around the house. The March 2009 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray has a page devoted to some newfangled alarm clocks, such as the Flying Alarm Clock by thinkgeek.com. From Thinkgeek's website:
The Flying Alarm Clock wakes you up with a loud shrieking alarm coupled with a little propeller-driven key that leaps off your nightstand. To turn off the horrible racket, you have to get out of bed and retrieve the key. The propeller flies the key high into the air and off into some dusty corner. You have to force your sleep addled brain into wakefulness, move your stiff legs and retrieve the key before the alarm goes off.
And here's a photo of this horrid thing, which I can assure you would not last very long in my house.
the Banpresto Dangerbomb Alarm Clock might be more to your liking. The DangerBomb Clock from Banpresto is an alarm clock that requires a fast-thinking mind. It has 3 different colors of cords ready for you to choose and disconnect when the alarm clock goes off. The answer is indicated by light of the color. If the wrong cord is disconnected, DangerBomb Clock will continue to make loud explosion noises. A good idea to wake yourself up.
Who the hell thinks of these things???!!