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Be Back Countdown Board

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I went to get my haircut today but the barber had left a small note on the door.

"Just popped out, be back in 20mins".

20mins from when? Have I got to wait 20 minutes or will you be back in 20 seconds?

The Be Back Countdown board is powered by a battery and has a countdowning digital time display and a whiteboard section for a message.

To be used by barbers or people who've parked illegally.

jonthegeologist, Aug 13 2004

Start with this http://www.thinkgee...ts/electronic/675e/
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       bake this one right away!
po, Aug 13 2004

GutPunchLullabies, Aug 13 2004

       And count up how late they are getting back.
FarmerJohn, Aug 13 2004

       It's an instant classic!
phundug, Aug 13 2004

       If you're late, it could change to, "I should have been back [4:31] minutes ago."
Detly, Aug 13 2004

       Nice. A lot of people use a little paper clock face that they can adjust the hands on to signal when they expect to be back, but this is unnecessarily better. (+)
luecke, Aug 13 2004

       But with this idea no one, you nor barber, ever needs to look at a clock.
phundug, Aug 13 2004

       To be paired up with the optional "Should be Back Countdown Watch" which docks with the Be Back Countdown board when not in use.
st3f, Aug 13 2004

       //20mins from when?//
That's the whole point of those boards. Unless you're prepared to wait for 20 minutes, you'll never know whether you're impatient or the barber's fibbing.
angel, Aug 13 2004

       For quick settings, use a clockwork timer like those on microwave ovens. In fact, double up and have a chicken in the microwave: "I'll be back in time for dinner".
Ling, Aug 13 2004

       Barbers purposefuly leave their premises and make you wait, so that your hair will be a fraction longer when they get round to cutting it. It's sick.
spiritualized, Aug 13 2004

       I suppose you could say that you're being fleeced.
spiritualized, Aug 13 2004

       I like this. [+]
Machiavelli, Aug 13 2004

       Simple and necessary. Why is this not already baked?   

       Bravo! (+)
energy guy, Aug 13 2004

       // but this is unnecessarily better //   

       this sums up the 'bakery to me [lueke]. Perfect.
jonthegeologist, Aug 14 2004

       When you're late back by three times the original time period, it could change to "send out search party" instead?
david_scothern, Dec 30 2006


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