Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Ciggie-Butt Returner

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When the lousy SOB in front of you flings his cigarette butt out the window, you swiftly activate the mechanism. It extends a suction tube that follows the butt using optical motion sensing technology and attempts to absorb it. On success, the butt is transferred to a delivery mechanism that extends intantaneously on a retractable arm out to the side of the offender's car. Again, using optical sensors, it locates the open window, quickly dumps the garbage in the drivers lap, and intantaneously retracts. Even if it were only successful 50% of the time, it would sell. One warning, though, after the deed is complete, drop back quickly, or change lanes. Just get out of the way, somehow.
globaltourniquet, Apr 18 2001

Butt flicking clay http://bz.pair.com/fun/bfc.html
Funny name, funnier drawing [ty6, Sep 25 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

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       My preferred method:   

       Log a large tree. Excavate stump. Soak stump in bathtub of gasoline. Mount in trunk on springboard, with BBQ-lighter apparatus.   

       The next time this annoyance occurs, pass the offender, deploy.
Wes, Sep 25 2002
  

       Should wrap butts with appropriate bit of butt-flicking clay before returning.
bristolz, Sep 25 2002
  

       I was just wondering what would happen if the perp really flung that sucker. See link.
ty6, Sep 25 2002
  

       give me a damn break, its not harmful to anyone if a cherry or butt flies out of the window, it hits the ground, tumbles and disintegrates. if, in the off chance it hits say, your tire, its not gonna pop it, your tire will extinguish any burning embers. it will not however reach anywhere near your personal space as a driver. only those in the backseat are in danger.
chRONic2003, Dec 09 2002
  

       yeah, and who gives a shit about littering or the environment, after all? Or all those forest fires in Australia or Greece?   

       If I had one of these, buddy, I wouldn't be shoving the butt up your window...   

       Oh, and your shift button seems to be broken.
yamahito, Dec 09 2002
  

       I just smile, knowing that the smoker will probably die a horrid and painful death at some stage in the future...
Micky Dread, Dec 10 2002
  

       I'm smoking right now, and I just threw it outside.
filterX, Dec 10 2002
  

       [waugs] Yeah! your right, a bit extremist I must admit.I guess I've been passivley smoking the wrong stuff.....
Micky Dread, Dec 10 2002
  

       I smoke non-filtered cigarettes that are biodegradable. Please don't throw the burning ember back in my car. No crescent roll for you.
snikrepkire, Apr 24 2004
  

       Butt-flickers are the kind of people who set Southern California on fire.....any appropriate retaliation is ok with me. I have retrieved said burning butts and put them under the perps windshield wiper at the next stoplight.....the reaction is usually cold.
normzone, Apr 24 2004
  

       Global i feel that having a burning butt dropped in my lap may result in bad driving, (worse than it is already) and may pose a higher fire risk, fire and crotches do not help driving. on a side note the areas i live in could do with a good fire might lead to them getting rebuilt in a less drab style.
engineer1, Apr 26 2004
  

       Comon now anyone with half a wit of sense knows the real cause of southern Cali wilfires is stupid landscapers and such planting highly flamable vegetation in the dessert the ecualyptus (sp?) trees they love so much arte just like having an open barrel of gas in your back yard
amuse, Apr 21 2006
  

       Great idea! Why is it that some smokers think the world is their trashcan? If you think they degrade, take a walk along the street some day and look in the gutter. Cherries, Banana Peels, even scraps of paper degrade much faster. Not only is the filter constructed of a non degradeable material, it is then saturated during use with nicotine, which has strong insecticidal, antibiotic, and antifungal properties. Basically its a tiny mummified bit of fiberglass.
Galbinus_Caeli, Apr 21 2006
  

       what [G_C] said ---sometimes I honk my horn, but they are clueless as to why. This is a much better idea.+ If the window isn't still open, the hand should also break said window to put the butt back inside the car.
xandram, Apr 21 2006
  
      
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