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Dandelion Confetti

Fluffy, floaty, biodegradable, magical.
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Millions of tiny fake, wooden dandelion seeds attached to wispy little umbrellas of fake, cotton dandelion fluff.

An alternative to confetti at weddings,smoke machines at concerts, ticker tape at football matches etc. I think the effect would be quite magical.

squeak, Jun 10 2003

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       So do I. Have a fluffy croissant. Just don't ask me to sweep up.
egbert, Jun 10 2003
  

       The best idea I've seen in ages. Does it come in a version with burdock as well? +
saker, Jun 10 2003
  

       Sure beats rice.
DrCurry, Jun 10 2003
  

       Lovely image, but perhaps not suitable for sporting events - the prospect of the entire pitch springing up with a solid carpet of dandelions three weeks later would surely drive any groundskeeper quite mental.
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My bad, I've just read the word "fake" in your description. As you were.
friendlyfire, Jun 10 2003
  

       I have an idea / vague memory that those dandelion floaty bits are in actual effect quite sterile - the plant reproduces in some other way altogether.
po, Jun 10 2003
  

       erm well [po] the fluffy bits are sterile but they carry the seeds which are most definately not.
squeak, Jun 10 2003
  

       not sure about that squeak!   

       I do believe what you say is correct. what I read (from a reliable source) was:- most common dandelions (taraxacum officinale) are entirely asexual. embryos start developing before the flowers open. pollen is non-functional. why the dandelion bothers to have bright yellow flowers or produce pollen at all is an enigma.   

       but of course you seem to be right, the seed dispersal method would be a pain in the backside to groundsmen.
po, Jun 10 2003
  

       Just use bubbles. (the soap kind, not the PowerPuff Girl)
ato_de, Jun 10 2003
  

       Inexpensive method of production: Instead of using wood and cotton, use dandelion seeds and fluff - just irradiate first so it can't grow. (just make sure nobody gets stuck in the machine or you'll end up with the new Dandelion Man superhero)
Worldgineer, Jun 10 2003
  

       We might need Dandelion Man after all those mutant irradiated dandelion seeds germinate (despite massive dosage) and commence eating Cincinnati.
AO, Jun 10 2003
  

       I envision a Dandelion Wand. This would be about 4 feet long with a round, multiply perforated head. In the hollow handle are many small cartridges. You push up on the column of cartridges, each of which has a bunch of splayed confettis on the leading edge. These confettis then protrude from the holes in the round head - presto: giant dandelion. You then shake the wand around in your best Dandelion Fairie manner, distributing the loosely attached confettis. When done, push up on the handle and the Dandelion is reborn.
bungston, Jun 10 2003
  

       Yeah [bungston] I like that. You could even have a thistle shaped version of your stick with fake thistle down instead of dandelion seeds.   

       What about a sycamore seed version as well. Oooooh! pretty.
squeak, Jun 11 2003
  

       [bungston] I think you've just invented Dandelion Man's weapon too: instead of cartridges of splayed confetti though, I imagine it would be something rather more deadly...
kmlabs, Dec 03 2003
  
      
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