Answertron 2000 is an answering machine which has broken its programming and can now insult humans and force them to do horrid tasks.
Built for the purpose of answering calls for an unknown Cable company, one of the Answertron 2000's callers was Tycho Brahe. The Answertron ended up insulting Tycho so many times that he got a welding mask and was going to find the Answertron and destroy it.
After a few more days, Tycho tried again and was told to put butter in the Cable card. He was promptly burnt. The Answertron continued this method of torture.