Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Conical Tin Cans

So recycling doesn't take up the whole house.
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Generally, I like the idea of recycling. However my lovely girlfriend Faye is a recycling nut. She recycles everything, and our house is becoming a tip. We have a whole dustbin full of tin cans.

If those tin cans were slightly tapered, I could stack them neatly once they were empty, instead of needing an entire dustbin for them.

Fishrat, Mar 23 2006

corned beef http://www.buygrace...s/cornedbeef300.jpg
[po, Mar 23 2006]

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       A very good idea...and as most cans now seem to be deep drawn as opposed to having a welded bottom, logically, it should be easier to make these than tubular profile cans.
senake, Mar 23 2006
  

       Empty conical cans won't take as much space in the recycling bin, but grocers worldwide will curse your name as they are forced to buy new shelving and build bigger stores to accomodate the new, non-stackable canned goods. Which cost can be reasonably expected to be incrementally passed on to consumers, further contributing to world inflation and the general cost of living.   

       Thanks, Fishrat, for single-handedly creating the next big consumer crisis in the civilized world, all because you were too lazy to take out the household trash more than once per week.
jurist, Mar 23 2006
  

       Maybe a truncated cone so that they stack but still... erm... 'stack'.
st3f, Mar 23 2006
  

       I aim to please.... I think I'll change the title as it's a bit misleading. The tins are not strictly "conical". They have a flat top and bottom, but are tapered just enough that they should stack on top of one another when full, and inside one another once empty.   

       So, erm... what st3f said while I was typing!
Fishrat, Mar 23 2006
  

       Yeah, yeah, you say that now...But look at the damage you've done to the global economy in the meantime by not thinking this thing through.
jurist, Mar 23 2006
  

       [po], regarding your link, ever tried to open one of those comical corned beef tin cans without the special key? That ain't purdy. That's how domestic homicides happen.
jurist, Mar 23 2006
  

       I like the principal of the idea, but what's wrong with just flattening them ?
xenzag, Mar 23 2006
  

       I seem to remember I posted an hb idea about that very thing once, jurist.
po, Mar 23 2006
  

       I actually wondered some time ago why they don't do this. Cup manufacturers figured it out decades ago. I figured it must be somehow more expensive (i.e, consumes more resources) to manufacture.   

       I'm staying neutral until recycling saves enough resources to pay me for my time, water, soap, etc. Then I'll start recycling as well as give this idea a stackable croissant (made from 100% recycled ingredients, of course).
DarkEnergy, Mar 23 2006
  

       If you made a conical can which was the exemplar from which all other conical cans should be made, it would be the canonical conical can.
hippo, Mar 23 2006
  

       //canonical conical can.//   

       I'm glad they don't sell beer in cans like that: I could never say that after a few.
Ling, Mar 23 2006
  

       That's very tame for you Ian - I would have thought you'd suggest they'd be colonic.
hippo, Mar 23 2006
  

       Almost baked - Fray Bentos pies are available in conic section, specifically a frustum, cans.
coprocephalous, Mar 23 2006
  

       They could just make them all different sizes, so you could put one inside another. I enjoy fitting soda cans inside of soup cans inside of tuna cans, but find that too often I have multiple cans the same size.
phundug, Mar 23 2006
  

       Yeah the picture of a conical can in my head was making me wonder how we'd open it. As far as supermarkets stacking them... shirley they would still be able to pack them in a cardboard pallet and then stack those on one another.
PollyNo9, Mar 23 2006
  

       A real man would crush the cans in the palm of his hand. FWIW, I cut the tops and bottoms off first, that makes it real easy.
geo8rge, Mar 24 2006
  

       /... shirley they would still be able to pack them in a cardboard pallet and then stack those on one another./   

       Blap! I hate when they make me use cardboard inserts when stocking shelves. Hate it! Hate it! Hate it! It just doesn't appeal to my artistic nature, I guess. All sloppy and everything.   

       /It only works with salmon./- [IT] I think you're right. The store I work at sells a different salmon but its the only one in a truncated cone can. Curious, I smell conspiracy in the air. <Waiting for it... waiting for it>
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Mar 24 2006
  

       //specifically a frustum// Thank you, [coprocephalous] for providing the Word Of The Day. I had chanced across the word before, but always thought it had something to do with a tantrum of frustration. Thanks for making me look it up and putting it in the proper context. It makes this a better idea.
jurist, Mar 24 2006
  

       /So they're thin at two ends?/   

       I had that problem once, then I stopped drinking beer so much, did a little exercise, and now all three parts are equally thin.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Mar 24 2006
  

       Exactly.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Mar 26 2006
  

       Is drinking all that beer what makes them unwary enough to get caught?   

       Salmon 1: How did you get here?
Salmon 2: Not sure. I started drinking, and before I knew it I was canned.
spidermother, Mar 27 2006
  
      
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