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Country In A Can

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...although i do see this more as a novelty item.

The 'Country In A Can' is just that, a cylinder of a countries soil inside a fizzy drinks can. The design of the can will mimic that nations signature drink, such as Molson Canadian for guess who, Fosters for Australia, Champagne for France, etc.

Stamped on the bottom of the can would be that nations flag and the countries vital statistics. Maybe some trivia questions also, where you actually win that countries signature beverage.

These would appeal as both novelty items to college/university students, and as collectors items to children and the active elderly (well, they've got to do something).

Get your country today, and start your collection now!

[ sctld ], Jul 10 2002


       I was hoping you'd declare the can a sovereign nation...
RayfordSteele, Jul 10 2002

       No one except American tourists actually drinks Fosters in Australia.
mighty_cheese, Jul 11 2002

       I like the idea a lot but would you consider:
Adding a seed for a plant native to the country of origin, or
Adding a few coins of the realm to the soil (buried treasure in a can?)
just to up the ante?
phoenix, Jul 11 2002

       [mighty_cheese]: Really? What beer do Aussies drink most, then?   

       Incidentally, I've heard something similar about Corona--American tourists in Mexico drink it like water, while the locals won't touch the stuff. Haven't verified that for myself, though.
Guncrazy, Jul 11 2002

       I bet it's all cold and fizzy. If that was the only choice I had, I'd probably drink as much of it as you do, [UnaB].
angel, Jul 11 2002

       Wouldn't a glass jar be better ? Then you could see the different colours of soils, and arrange them on your shelves in order of color gradations, or particle size, or whatever. If you have an opaque can, you might get ripped off, as without opening it you have no way of checking; for instance, unscrupulous traders might label a can with "Easter Island" or "Ascencion Island" (both small, remote and highly collectable), and then when you open it, it's full of France (a country which most right-thinking folk will agree there is far too much of, and therefore of negligible value).
8th of 7, Jul 11 2002

       mighty_cheese: As long as you get the idea that its the country's most famed drink, and not its actual best selling.   

       phoenix:I like the buried treasure idea, but the seed would need to be placed exactly, and the soil would need to be kept fairly dry in order to stop germanation.   

       8th:A glass jar would take away all the mystery of whats inside, since you can already see inside a glass jar. Not only that, but country in a jar just doesn't have the same ring to it. I don't think individual traders will be able to label the cans, as the labels will be printed onto the aluminium of the can.   

       I was just thinking, that it might be quite useful for soldiers in dangerous situations. When they arenthreatened with torture, they can open their can of America/Britain/Wherever, and stand on the dirt and then you are on your countries land, and thus the laws of yourcountry apply. Just like a little embassy. In a can.
[ sctld ], Jul 11 2002

       [ sctld ]: "Just like a little embassy. In a can" - well, that would be good for lots of things; for instance, in Saudi Arabia you could pop a can, tip out the soil of your homeland (one where alcohol is consumed), step into the soil and quaff away without fear of Sharia law. Similarly, a tin of Tunisian or Moroccan sand would allow you to consume cannabis in England without fear of prosecution. Carrying this to its logical extreme, you could have cans of UN soil for refugees to take refuge on. Just mix up a little bit of soil from dozens of different countries. An intriguing idea. It's growing on me.
8th of 7, Jul 11 2002

       Imagine the adverts...   

       Canada: Best Served Chilled
Australia: (an upside-down can, just inkeeeping with stereotypes)
Britain: Gives YOU a stiff upperlip
Palestine: Reclaim your country, legally!
[ sctld ], Jul 11 2002

       There are gift shops in Cornwall selling glass ornaments / paperweights which are hollow and filled with layers of beach sand from various parts of the county. (The beaches chosen have different coloured sand.)
angel, Jul 11 2002

       angel: What puzzles me is why they are cunningly designed to self-destruct on the way home. No matter how carefully you pack them, all you have left is a handfull of glass shards. Is this some trick to persuade you to return the following year ? I guess you mean that this idea is already baked, to a limited extent.
8th of 7, Jul 11 2002

       Thats one of the sources of inspiration for this idea. Having sand in the can is only suitable for countries that have coastlines. Using just soil will allow places such as Slovakia to be included. using a can will stop the 'glass shards and sand' phenomenon.
[ sctld ], Jul 11 2002

       All in all, I like this idea. I'd like to see Moon in a Can though. get it? get it? Croissant in a can.
Matty, Jul 11 2002

       Croissants in a can are baked.
[ sctld ], Jul 11 2002

       Shirley not baked in the can?
Matty, Jul 11 2002

       No you bake them in the oven, you have to roll them your elf, though.
[ sctld ], Jul 11 2002

       First time i read that, i read that your mothers smell was undesireable.
[ sctld ], Jul 11 2002

       … and that neck, from where I set.
reensure, Jul 11 2002

       As always, the 'bakers have taken the idea and run with it. This was, sort of, baked with the Carte Blanche. Do whatever you like and then whip out the pre-signed pardon and go on about your business as usual.
DrBob, Jul 11 2002

       I bet the cans would be dirt cheap.   

       For Sweden, the can would be labeled coffee. If someone brewed it, it would taste like mud, though it was ground recently.   

       8th of 7: //all you have left is a handfull of glass shards//- sort of like "dust to dust, sand to sand".
FarmerJohn, Jul 11 2002


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