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Portable Place Pointer

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I remember wanting to dig a hole to China but not being quite sure in which direction to excavate into the sandbox, or dreaming of taking a hike to see Santa but being a little uncertain of the direction to the North Pole. Now, a couple of years later, a gadget has been devised to eliminate these tricky problems.

The Portable Place Pointer is a transparent sphere the size of an Indonesian Hobbit skull, housing a gimbaled pointer in the shape of an arrow, a fist with extended index finger or a Spanish hunting dog. It utilizes GPS, including a compass, timepiece and plumb, to show you the way to any place on earth.

For example, upon punching in “Hong Kong”, the 3P politely points which direction to dig a shortcut to the city, or, in great circle mode, indicates the point on the horizon one should aim for when walking/rowing there.

Then there’s the deluxe 3P that also points out heavenly bodies. Its pointer is hollow with focusable lenses to point out and maybe view Venus and space stations. Of course, to see the sun at night would mean digging through the earth, but 3P would politely point the way down.

FarmerJohn, Jul 27 2005

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       Funny and cute gets my bun.
dbmag9, Jul 27 2005
  

       Handy for locating which way to face Mecca, too, I imagine.
waugsqueke, Jul 27 2005
  

       And helping kids everywhere run away or get caught in collapsing sand tunnels, I take it. But apart from that, kinda neat.   

       But the deluxe 3P already exists, in the form of telescopes that will point themselves to the relevant heavenly bodies. Some of them won't fit in your backpack, though.
DrCurry, Jul 27 2005
  

       Does the Sun (or any other place) mind if you point at it rudely?   

       If it does, I apologise completely to every heavenly or earthly body that I have rudely pointed at over the years.
dbmag9, Jul 28 2005
  

       I'm never sure if there are hidden messages in Farmer Johns' creations. this one looks suspiciously innocent. +
dentworth, Jul 28 2005
  

       Yep, I'm getting the same vibe, [dentworth].   

       Since it has such a suspicious innocence hanging about it, I'll bun it, at least until I can see what's so suspicious about it...
froglet, Jul 28 2005
  
      
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