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Directional wine glass destructor

Blow up _some_ wine glasses
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Blowing up all wine glasses seems extreme. But who has not wanted to blow up _one_ wine glass, from time to time? One could use parabolic microphone technology in reverse, to unobtrusively focus a tight beam of high amplitude sound waves onto one wine glass, from a distance. The wine glass would be destroyed with only a faint hum audible to those near it.
bungston, Mar 26 2003

Festive Musical Glass Breaker http://www.halfbake...l_20Glass_20Breaker
Certainly not one of my better ideas, but it does describe valid cultural grounds for the shattering of individual glasses. [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

(?) The unevolved ancestor http://www.halfbake...0glass_20destructor
[bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       Hmmm... You took an idea that was crap, and used it as fertalizer to grow a beautiful glass shattering flower. I'm still fishboning until you tell me why anyone would want one.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       I think that's a pointless demand, really. Someone could want one of these for any number of reasons but mostly, I suspect, for the same thrills that cause some people to like big firecrackers.
bristolz, Mar 26 2003
  

       You could blow up a wine glass with a big firecracker.
waugsqueke, Mar 26 2003
  

       Can I watch?
brenna, Mar 26 2003
  

       1. You see your peanut allergic friend is about to drink peanut-containing wine but cannot reach her in time to warn her. Avert catastrophe by destroying her wine glass.   

       2. A large, scary man has drunk too much wine and you are worried about his ability to drive home. Rather than confront him, destroy his wine glass.   

       3. You are at a wedding and see that a guest is about to propose another lame toast. Quickly: destroy his wine glass.   

       4. You note a slave monkey curiously toying with a glass full of wine. If you forbid it to drink, it will surely go back for the wine when you are gone. Teach it that wine is unpredictable: destroy the wine glass.   

       Need I say more?
bungston, Mar 26 2003
  

       [bungs]: Did you see the article in Last Sunday's NY TImes magazine about pinpoint, long-range sound projection? I didn't, but it seemed pretty cool. Maybe you should talk to the guy in the article. Cracking defense, by the way!
snarfyguy, Mar 26 2003
  

       As promised, from fishbone to croissant. I now want one, if only to teach that damn monkey a lesson.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       Or, on the other hand, there is the wideband version, also known as my dishwasher.
grecosartre, Mar 26 2003
  

       Its strange how the addition of the word 'directional' can create a croissant from 2.5 fishbones. Although the examples of practical applications help. And anything involving monkeys being taught lessons in unpredictability.
miasere, Mar 26 2003
  

       Directional wine glass destructor sounds much more fun.Bidirectional even more fun.Only my glass left.Mythical God status.
sufc, Mar 26 2003
  

       "...peanut-containing wine..." Good grief.
bristolz, Mar 26 2003
  

       I'm just getting up.
sufc, Mar 27 2003
  

       A simple email address. sufc@37.com
sufc, Mar 27 2003
  

       Good morning blissmiss and Worldgineer.
sufc, Mar 27 2003
  

       // "...peanut-containing wine..." Good grief. //   

       The Chinese and Koreans make pine nut wine. I don't know how dangerous it is to those with nut allergies, but this may be a real and serious problem requiring drastic action. I am now working on a directional danish pastry destructor and a directional fruit cake destructor to work on other threats.
pottedstu, Mar 27 2003
  

       That's pretty much the same as my idea(resonator), only more limited.
Crazy Bastard, Jan 20 2004
  

       I have built two large parabolic reflectors for audio. As soon as i have enough space i'll give it a go. I'm not sure how unobtrusive it will be, as each dish is 1m across.
3fs, Jul 17 2004
  

       [3fs] mmm ....may cause some problems getting through security if you wanted to take it to a nightclub
tasman, Jul 17 2004
  
      
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