Mark Rober, the inventor of the viral “glitter bomb,” decided enough was enough after a thief stole a package from the porch of his Santa Clarita home seven months ago.
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A former NASA engineer, Rober had no idea that his “over-engineered monstrosity” of a glitter-spewing fart bomb would result in a viral video seen and shared by millions.
As of Friday, the video has more than 43 million views on YouTube.
“I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this,” said Rober in the video. “And then I was like, hold up, I built a dartboard that moves to get a bull’s-eye every time. I spent nine years designing hardware that’s currently roving around on another freaking planet.”
With help from a friend and fellow YouTuber, Rober spent six months designing and creating a device that, when the box is opened, shoots fine glitter everywhere and releases fart spray.
“If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” he said.
Disguised as a simple package, the device also houses four phones to take video and track the package through their GPS, which allows Rober to retrieve the package when the thieves toss it out of their car, which happened repeatedly throughout the video.
Rober previously hosted a series for the Science Channel, and his YouTube channel had 5.2 million subscribers as of Thursday.
He also appeared as a guest on the late-night show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“So the moral of the story is just don’t take other people’s stuff,” Rober said. “Not only is it not cool, but on the plus side, you’ll never find yourself in this situation.”
Rober blurs the faces of the thieves in the 10-minute video, but their startled reactions speak for themselves. The video has gotten over a million likes on YouTube and thousands of viewers have left comments requesting Rober market the device so that they can buy their own.
Santa Clarita officials encourage residents to take preventative steps with scheduled package deliveries.
“Sign up for alerts from UPS or USPS so that you can get email or text notifications when your package is arriving,” said Crime Prevention Sgt. Dan Dantice. “Make arrangements to be home, or have a neighbor pick it up for you. Don’t leave it sitting out.”
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