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Visible Can Return

Hey, it already involves smushing things.
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There is little more boring than feeding a hundred pop cans into the return machine, one at a time. Even if your local supermarket has one of the dump-type machines, you then have to stand there while the machine reads the cans one by one.

To make the process a little more entertaining, I propose can return machines be made with clear paneling and a reconfigured design, so that once the barcode is read, you can watch your can slide into place and get violently crushed flat before it is ejected into the bin. In the case of a bottle, smashed into bits. Perhaps the machine could be made to involve a boxing glove filled with lead shot, or a giant fake foot, as the instrument of destruction.

gisho, Jan 19 2007

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       //or a giant fake foot//   

       Sounds very Pythonesque. Can we have one for dead parrots?
webfishrune, Jan 19 2007
  

       Bun for saying "smushing" and bun for wanting to smush things.
MoreCowbell, Jan 19 2007
  

       good +
nomadic_wonderer, Jan 20 2007
  

       ditto +
xenzag, Jan 21 2007
  

       yes, yes and yes.
methinksnot, Jan 21 2007
  

       Who sent the visible away in the first place? What if they feel snubbed and don't want to return?
Ian Tindale, Jan 21 2007
  

       Then they will no longer be visible, of course.
nomocrow, Jan 22 2007
  

       Polly values old apple skins?
nomocrow, Jan 22 2007
  

       Parabolic Variable Ostrich Ambivalence System
Ian Tindale, Jan 22 2007
  

       If there was a spinning slightly inclined cylinder with a hole at the far end bottom inside the counting machine the cans or bottles would align themselves after being dumped en masse into the open end of the cylinder and the whole feeding process would be mechanized.
JSand, Jan 23 2007
  
      
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