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Cone Children

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traffic cones made to resemble lifelike children
vfrackis, Oct 26 2009

A local school made their own plywood cutouts and painted them bright orange. http://www.homesecu...alert-road-sign.jpg
I can only find one comparable product. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 28 2009]

Child-shaped bollards http://www.thisisle...detail/article.html
Very similar [nineteenthly, Oct 28 2009]

the point http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Point!
[po, Oct 28 2009]

Child Bollards http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1275254
A better picture of the bollards (which aren't traffic cones) [Jinbish, Oct 28 2009]

Wizbit http://www.denofgee...programme_ever.html
Very bizarre UK kids tv show. Wizbit was a yellow wizards hat (I think) [Jinbish, Oct 28 2009]

Stumbleboy £899.99 http://www.zeppotro...ons/stumbleboy.html
The mouthless stumbling boy creature that shakes illegal intruders to the very core. [zen_tom, Oct 30 2009]

Halfbakery: Wicker Traffic Cones Wicker Traffic Cones
Make traffic cones out of basket-weave, employ millions and cleanse the young. [zen_tom, Oct 30 2009]

The same, only different. http://www.ctvbc.ct...BritishColumbiaHome
[mouseposture, Sep 22 2010]


       Would this discourage or encourage drunken theft?
kaz, Oct 26 2009

       deployed in the thousands it would not matter
vfrackis, Oct 26 2009

       To you it may be //traffic cones made to resemble lifelike children//, but to me it says Employment Opportunity.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 26 2009

       I posted the same idea a few years ago.... I called it something like Frolicking Traffic Cones.... I'm actually too lazy to see if I kept it or deleted it.
xenzag, Oct 26 2009

       [ ] creepy.
FlyingToaster, Oct 26 2009

       Hmmm. I thought it would be children made (costume? hydraulic press?) to look like traffic cones.
pocmloc, Oct 26 2009

       "Children of the Cone" - Steven King
pertinax, Oct 26 2009

       They are easily confused. Just yesterday I saw what I thought was a traffic cone doing some pretty impressive stuff with a yo-yo.
shudderprose, Oct 28 2009

       [pertinax], you get the weekly anno award.
blissmiss, Oct 28 2009

       Yes, all I ever see is traffic cones left still standing whilst hundreds, no, thousands of school children lay motionless in the street. If only those cones had looked like children and children like cones, this horror would never have happened.   

       I think [21Q] may have also been confused by the fake town scene in Blazing Saddles.
bdag, Oct 28 2009

       /The result will be drivers mistaking real children for cones, and child fatalities will increase./   

       I wonder about the driving habits which lead drivers to intentionally run over cones. I understand how I personally came to these habits but I did not realize that the practice was so widespread.   

       I would like to propose that mounting plywood children on springs would allow them to bob in a lifelike manner. I suspect these "Children of the Road" would come to be adorned with creative hatwear, lost mittens, magic markered facial hair and large nostrils, and other addenda that could only improve their efficacy.
bungston, Oct 28 2009

       This is baked, sort of. A school across the city has bollards in the shape of fairly realistic children outside. I'll see if i can find a picture.
nineteenthly, Oct 28 2009

       Are the children themselves endowed with bollards?
bungston, Oct 28 2009

       I don't think fatalities would increase based on 21's mechanism. Instead, people would freak out, swerve to avoid the Cone Child, and crash in flames. A main design motif of the cone is that you aren't supposed to hit it, but if you do nothing too bad is going to happen. Hitting children doesn't bear the same blasé feel.
daseva, Oct 28 2009

       "Children of the Traffic Circle"
FlyingToaster, Oct 29 2009

       Good pic, [Jinbish]. I spent a while looking for one on the grounds that i didn't really fancy walking over there just for that purpose. Thanks. I'll get one next week.
nineteenthly, Oct 29 2009

       Just had a thought about this actually. The bollards in [jinbish]'s picture all seem to be white, but the ones i'm thinking of have various ethnicities. Is that racist?
nineteenthly, Oct 29 2009

       //Is that racist// which - all white, or various ethnicities?
pocmloc, Oct 29 2009

       All of the above.   

       Yes - only white children will be protected, apparently only albinos in fact.   

       Yes - only white children will be mistaken for bollards and mown down.   

       Yes - non-white bollards will be seen as racist caricatures of real non-white children.   

       Yes - mixed ethnicities will be perceived as "political correctness gone maaaaaaaaaaaad".   

       And so on.
nineteenthly, Oct 29 2009

       "Bring 'Em On !"   

       <Furiously shovels coal into firebox of steamroller>   

8th of 7, Oct 29 2009

       Child-shaped bollards wont stack as well as cone-shaped ones.   

       As an aside, I'd quite like to see an industry spring up making traditional basket-weave or wicker bollards. The striped colours could be generated by weaving in geraniums, pansies and other flowers - full implementation would generate thousands of jobs, save plastic, be biodegradable and quite possibly save the earth. I'm tempted to post...
zen_tom, Oct 30 2009

       I haven't been able to find a link, but I am *sure* I have seen child-shaped, yellow barriers that look like the paper cutouts you can make by snipping folded paper. They looked like childrenand were stackable/foldable.
Jinbish, Oct 30 2009

       I can foresee joy riders reenacting Paul Bartel's Death Race 2000.   

       (Nah, that's just wrong.)
skinflaps, Oct 30 2009

       The child-shaped bollards are permanent, attached to the qirb.
nineteenthly, Oct 30 2009


       Creative spelling award to Nineteenthly.
Twizz, Oct 30 2009

       Thanks. The problem is, i can't remember which is the British and which the Commonwealth spelling, so i use my own.   

       I was also thinking that you could make them stackable, then selectively breed people to look like traffic cones. Can't use genetic engineering because this is the Halfbakery.
nineteenthly, Oct 30 2009

       Great idea. I assume they'll have numbers on them so you can keep score.
doctorremulac3, Sep 21 2010


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