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High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Dog Mask

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Stuck by yourself in traffic when your water breaks? Are you a lone bank robber in a getaway car jammed among thousands of commuters? With one of our masks on your front seat pooch, you’ll whisk past the trucks and single occupant vehicles in the fast lane.

The various tested-on-humans-humane masks skilfully disguise snouts, face fuzz, standing or hanging ears and panting tongues. Transform your German Shepherd to a … German shepherd or your Collie bitch to a … lassie, in a second. Wind tunnel trials ensure mask adherence to heads hanging out the window at up to 100 mph.

FarmerJohn, Mar 01 2004

Jokingly similar idea http://www.rpbridge.net/wpc2.htm
[werdna, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       so there are lanes where you can only drive if there are 2 of you in the car?
po, Mar 01 2004
  

       Yes, at least two of me.
FarmerJohn, Mar 01 2004
  

       //? Are you a lone bank robber in a getaway car jammed with thousands of commuters? //   

       Whoooeee. That was *not* a well planned getaway. What are you using, an intercity train?   

       (I now have images in my head of idiot students seeing how many of them fit in a mini for charity (sp: beer money))
squeak, Mar 01 2004
  

       Grandma, what big teeth you have.   

       Oops, squeaky clean now.
FarmerJohn, Mar 01 2004
  

       <off topic slightly> squeak, anyone who gets their beer fun as a charity is not an idiot, </off topic slightly>   

       FarmerJohn how realistic are these masks going to look? Especially if the dog ends up sticking it's head out of the window, good idea apart from that.
engineer1, Mar 04 2004
  

       Winds down window......dog sniffs the air (as only dogs in cars can do....Bye Bye mask and hello HOV-lane-abuse fine. Apart from that - Bun!
gnomethang, Mar 04 2004
  

       Semi-baked already [link], although + for the wry dog-based twist. I heard, anecdotally, of some guy in the Bay Area who fooled the HOV lane cameras with a blowup doll. Initially his fine was just for the basic one-time violation, but upon further reviews of the film archives the authorities discovered a pattern of abuse stretching back for months. So they added up the fines and he owed something like one MEELYON dollars.... or so the urban legend goes.
werdna, Mar 04 2004
  

       toe - no (gotta keep down the chit-chat).
FarmerJohn, Mar 05 2004
  

       Agree with werdna.Someone was busted in Toronto driving with a mannequin in the passenger seat, in the car pool lane.
python, Mar 05 2004
  

       In Seattle a woman with a blowup doll got in an accident... with a full school bus... on the freeway... Nobody hurt, but it must have been humiliating.
nilstycho, Mar 06 2004
  

       I usually tell them that Jesus is riding with me.
WordUp, Mar 06 2004
  

       or a six-foot tall (1.83 m) white rabbit...
Canuck, Mar 06 2004
  

       //I usually tell them that Jesus is riding with me.//

Better back that up with a "God is my Copilot" sticker, there's no telling What Jesus Would Do on this one.
AfroAssault, Mar 07 2004
  

       Good idea. I suppose it would work for cats, too? I could probably get away with bringing a cat along to work. They usually just sleep anyway. Dogs would be too noisy/messy to bring to work, and I really only need the HOV to get to work.
TheJeff, Jul 08 2004
  
      
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