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Car Ceiling Spider

system to prevent flat batteries
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I just left my car lights on and ran the battery flat. I then got my hand burnt using a set of puny jump-leads that practically melted trying to convey enough power from my helpful neighbour's car....grrrrrrrr. My own much stronger leads were safely coiled up in my workshop (of course).

I know that there are all sorts of smart systems to stop this, but I want something different. What I want is a large rubber ceiling spider that is kept in place by a solenoid/magnet arrangement.

Should you switch off the engine, without first turning off the lights, the spider is suddenly released and descends in front of your face on the end of a strand of thin catgut, making it impossible to ignore. (flashing multiple led eyes optional)

xenzag, Jun 14 2009

This kind http://members.iine...pider_Dads_hand.JPG
would be hard to ignore. [pertinax, Jun 18 2009]

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       I don't care what most cars have... most cars are as boring as pringle jumpers. I want this!
xenzag, Jun 14 2009
  

       Who jumps pringles??
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 14 2009
  

       boy takes girl out on first date
boy pulls over in a dark secluded spot
boy leans in for the big one
  

       Girl screams bloody murder when rubber spider gets caught in her hair bob.   

       boy doesn't get any dates anymore. :-(
blissmiss, Jun 15 2009
  

       [boy doesn't get any dates anymore...]   

       Boy doesn't need date to push car for jumpstart.
Letsbuildafort, Jun 15 2009
  

       ;)
Letsbuildafort, Jun 15 2009
  

       //Girl screams bloody murder when rubber spider gets caught in her hair// Alternative ending.... Girl is a secret Arachnologist, and screams with delight as she correctly identifies the spider as a replica Tegenaria Duellica. Girl falls madly in love with boy. Girl marries boy, and they start a spider breeding farm where they live happily ever after.
xenzag, Jun 15 2009
  

       Mr. and Mrs. Spiderman. A screenplay might be in order. How sweet.
blissmiss, Jun 15 2009
  

       Oh yeah, and let's build a fort. One that's big enough for two. Bells ringing in the background would add to the ambiance.
blissmiss, Jun 15 2009
  

       Mount a robotic spider under the car. If you leave the lights on and walk away, the spider scuttles after you, yelling, "Hey ! HEY ! You left the lights on ! YOU LEFT THE LIGHTS ON AGAIN ! HOW MANY TIMES ? " The spider follows the transponder in your keyfob.   

       When you turn the lights off, the spider climbs backm into its nest until the next time.   

       Now, would you try to steal a car that has a large, intelligent, talking spider living underneath it ? We think not.   

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8th of 7, Jun 15 2009
  

       Yes, bliss, yes! Just like that!
Letsbuildafort, Jun 15 2009
  

       I like 8th's iteration. The spider might sometimes follow you to bed, muttering disconsolately about other habits it finds displeasing, or the state of things in general.
bungston, Jun 15 2009
  

       I actually keep a large rubber spider on the passenger side of the dashboard. If have to turn on my main beams during daylight hours, I usually place the spider on the passenger seat as a sort of physical aide-mémoire.   

       Since I neglected to do this on Sunday, I clearly need the more elaborate version I have proposed. As for it following one around.... isn't that a bit daft?
xenzag, Jun 15 2009
  

       No
8th of 7, Jun 16 2009
  

       //muttering disconsolately about other habits it finds displeasing, or the state of things in general.//   

       "And I never did understand why you needed that turn signal frog."
Zimmy, Jun 16 2009
  

       //squeaky hammer included for road-rage//   

       I'm actually tempted by that.
Zimmy, Jun 16 2009
  

       A chicken to strut around clucking sarcastically when you wimp out instead of overtaking coming up to that blind corner.
xenzag, Jun 16 2009
  

       Ya had to bring up the chicken didn't you.
blissmiss, Jun 16 2009
  

       My mother-in-law once met a huntsman spider on her rear-view mirror. Being on a mirror, it appeared at first glance to be twice its actual size. And she hadn't even left her indicator on. Clearly, that one hadn't been trained properly.   

       "spiders on mirror are smaller than they appear"   

       {looks around nervously for our gracious hostess disapproving of excessive phatic posting}
Oh yes, and congratulations [lbaf]!
pertinax, Jun 18 2009
  
      
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