Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Directional Carpet

Moves You in a Certain Direction
 
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This carpet is made of tiny flexible flaps. Normally they stick straight up. They're made in such a way that when you step on them, they all bend down the same way, moving you in that direction slightly a la Artificial Donwhill Active Cobblestones.

Most useful in stores, where almost everyone goes the same way, or in businesses, where they don't want you to leave.

galukalock, Jul 13 2003

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       Walking "upstream" would be tiring. I think I'd avoid any store using this.
phoenix, Jul 13 2003
  

       <Lets go of trolley to look at items on shelves>.."I think I'll go for the Chardonney"...<turns round to put bottle in trolley>....<Sees trolley flying down aisle towards nicely stacked tower of cans>....<Winces>...
silverstormer, Jul 13 2003
  

       Good idea but it can have some bad uses.
sartep, Jul 13 2003
  

       True...
galukalock, Jul 13 2003
  

       Yup. The 'bakery, too.
galukalock, Jul 13 2003
  

       "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" ?
Cedar Park, Jul 14 2003
  

       The all-weather carpet around our pool does this.
RayfordSteele, Jul 14 2003
  

       Well, it would certainly confuse the heck out of the cat. Croissant.
DrCurry, Jul 18 2003
  

       You could call it "cilia."
bristolz, Jul 18 2003
  

       Yes, it's a cilia-dea. (+).
egbert, Jul 19 2003
  

       When it comes to puns, the cilia the better.
This idea could involve some hairy engineering issues.
half, Jul 19 2003
  

       Let's get some pundits to try and furret them out.
galukalock, Jul 21 2003
  
      
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