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Anti-Fatigue Cape

Rescue damsels from tired feet
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The anti-fatigue cape is made from a soft, resilient, durable material. You wear it on your back like a regular cape.

If you’re standing somewhere—in line at the bank, bus stop, etc.—and you feel your feet getting tired, simply whip off the cape and lay it on the ground. Stand upon it and let the fatigue melt away! Invite others around to join you!

Even better, if you see someone else standing and looking fatigued, lay your cape at his or her feet as an act of chivalry.

The anti-fatigue cape includes a training video, with step-by-step instructions for spreading the cape gallantly upon the ground, while saying elegantly, “Allow me, madam (or sir).”

AO, May 09 2003

(?) Anti-fatigue mats http://www.mattechi...ti_fatigue_mats.htm
[AO, Oct 05 2004]

Training cape http://flickr.com/p...8792@N00/2559041025
[normzone, Aug 20 2008]


       A croissant for encouraging gallantry, and for trying to give back the cape to non-superheroes.
friendlyfire, May 09 2003

       What if you are so fatigued you can't be gallant?
k_sra, May 09 2003

       Then when you fall over backward (with fatigue) you'll land comfortably on your cape.
Worldgineer, May 09 2003

       Falling over from fatigue is a common problem among beginners, but with a little practice you can learn to use the cape preemptively to stop fatigue before it starts.
AO, May 09 2003

       I hate to mfd - magic such a gallant product (I'm very much in favor of gallantry), but I simply can't see a mechanism here for melting that fatigue away.   

       My suggestion is that the cape would somehow stiffen into a barcalounger.
DrCurry, May 09 2003

       [Curry] I don't see your point. AO says "soft, resilient, durable material". Nothing magic about that. There are plenty of such materials. AO's idea is to use them in the cape, not to invent a new material.
pluterday, May 09 2003

       Doctor, see link just posted. If those mats can do it, surely the same material could be fashioned into a cape.   

       (Perhaps “melt away” is a slight exaggeration.)
AO, May 09 2003

       "lay your cape at...her feet as an act of chivalry."   

       ...and then, when she steps on it, does it swallow her up and imprison her in an enchanted dungeon in the magical land of Nod, until a dashing young prince arrives on a glistening, trusty steed and dives into the cape after them, ultimately fighting off the dragon that guards the prison and carrying the weary damsel furtively across the spellbound landscape to the remote caves of aaarrgh, where the fearsome wizard agrees to release the prince, the damsel, and of course the glistening, trusty steed from the spell and they all live happily ever after?   

       Well does it?
beauxeault, May 09 2003

       AO...don't say yes...it's a trap...
pluterday, May 09 2003

       Not quite, beauxeault. The steed does indeed glisten, but it is not trusty - in fact, it is stealing from the prince.
friendlyfire, May 09 2003

       damn steed.
Worldgineer, May 09 2003

       AO: well, we'll just to mark Mat Tech Inc. for deletion as well! I still think something more than just stepping on a spongy cape is required to relieve fatigue. Lying down on it, maybe.
DrCurry, May 09 2003

       <astonishment>You can mark real products for deletion?</astonishment> Everyone say goodbye to your SUV.
Worldgineer, May 09 2003

       Yeah, that's next, just need to find the right deletion category.
DrCurry, May 09 2003

       //Falling over from fatigue is a common problem among beginners//
That's where training capes come in.
thumbwax, May 09 2003

       The best thing about capes -- and I do have one -- is that they're fluid, and swirl about you elegantly when you walk.   

       Sponge rubber doesn't strike me as a particularly flowing material. You'd look like the Michelin Man. (To whom the protagonist in the new Gibson book is allergic.)
grecosartre, May 09 2003

       Perhaps all we need is a disposable, but expensive looking mat to lay at her feet?
FloridaManatee, May 13 2003

       The princess hesitated slightly at the sight of the puddle. With a flourish, the dashing young prince reached into his pocket and swept out a gleaming package in a plastic wrapper. With another flourish he struggled valiantly with the wrapper, until ultimately he had to bite the edge of it in his teeth to get it open. With a third flourish he started to cast the wrapper to the winds, but stopped just in time as he saw the "$500 fine for littering" sign. So he hunted around for a bit for a trash can, and finding none, attempted yet another flourish as he stuffed the wrapper into a pocket on the seat of his pants. By this time, roughly six minutes had passed, so the prince was in a bit too much of a hurry to achieve any flourish at all as he unwadded the disposable mat that had emerged from the packaging, and unceremoniously flung it into the puddle.   

       Whereupon, as the disposable mat began to absorb the oils and muck of the puddle and dispiritedly sink into it, the fairy tale police descended en masse upon the author of the tale and flogged him mercilessly for his utter lack of any sense of romance.
beauxeault, May 13 2003

       How exactly did capes go out of fashion anyway, when everyone wanted to wear one at some point in their lives?
RayfordSteele, May 13 2003

       Well... most of us at one point did wear a cape, and discovered that it was far less fluid than expected, clung about the neck somewhat uncomfortably, and hadn't been designed to fit the shoulders properly. Those who persisted often ran into difficulty with handling products, feeling uncomfortably hot, or drafty, etc.
ye_river_xiv, Aug 20 2008

       This is probably the reason for the Norman short cape, which gradually receded to become a collar, which receded to become the deep V-neck. Now the deep V-necks have gone away, and collars have been more fashionable lately, so soon perhaps we will see short capes on the horizon.
mylodon, Aug 20 2008

       Yes! Let's bring back the cape. If we all start wearing them, it would catch on. Just don't leave me hanging, like when I thought everyone was going to go streaking, back in high school.   

MikeD, Aug 20 2008


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