|The Cone of Silence: |
Max frequently demanded The Cone of Silence be deployed for top secret conversations. It consisted of two large sections connected by a thinner channel, the whole thing looking much like a weightlifter's set of dumbbells. The idea was that eavesdroppers outside the Cone could not hear conversations conducted within the Cone, but in practice various technical problems and design limitations prevented the cone from ever working properly. At various times, it crushed The Chief's desk, refused to remain deployed, failed to work entirely, and jammed (both the regular and portable versions suffered this last fault). Despite continual disappointment, Max insisted on using the Cone, usually provoking The Chief's ire when it failed yet again.