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Deflateable Inflateables

Why did I have to spend 10 minutes yesterday deflating my inflateable shark?
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Hold the valve open, squeeze, push the air up from the tail end to the valve, have another squeeze. Why, oh why, don't they just put a zip on the things so that you can achieve instant deflation?
DrBob, Sep 17 2001

Sussex Sharks http://www.sussexcricket.co.uk/
Just a shameless plug for my favourite team. [DrBob, Sep 17 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Because zippers aren't airtight.
bookworm, Sep 17 2001
  

       I've been reading "Many Coloured Land" recently and that has decamole, a flexible format for portable inflatable things that has a powered unit for inflation and deflation. Taking a leaf from that book maybe all you need is a reverse hand or foot pump that allows you to extract the air.
Aristotle, Sep 17 2001
  

       (PeterSealey, Respect). We also have such a mattress for camping, irritating family stopping the night etc. Ours however is not infalatble.
March Hare, Sep 17 2001
  

       infalatble shhh you will wake highschoolkid
po, Sep 17 2001
  

       can you not connect it to the hoover / vacuum cleaner to suck out the air ?
po, Sep 17 2001
  

       Only if I take the hoover to the cricket match with me and use a very long extension lead.
DrBob, Sep 17 2001
  

       That's part of the problem UB. I *am* one of the yobboes on the hill. One of the reasons I thought of a zipper (although PeterSealy's big airhole (!) would work just as well) was so that I could flush out the accumulated bodily fluids from poor old Sid's innards (Sid being the name of the shark).
DrBob, Sep 18 2001
  

       Munchkin mayhem?
DrBob, Sep 18 2001
  

       Throwing a watermelon 30 feet in the air sounds like no mean feat. Either watermelons are smaller in Australia, or people are stronger.
egnor, Sep 18 2001
  

       I'm wondering why [DrBob] takes an inflatable shark to a cricket match.
angel, Sep 18 2001
  

       Because I support the Sussex Sharks, of course.
DrBob, Sep 18 2001
  

       there are portable machines to blow up your tyres or inflatables, perhaps they could have a suck mode?
po, Sep 19 2001
  

       you are right UB but this shark business is getting to me
po, Sep 20 2001
  

       It's a bad sign if you spend all your time worrying about sharks, po. Unless you go swimming a lot, of course.
DrBob, Sep 20 2001
  

       no, its specifically Dr Bobs shark that I worry about   

       no sharks in London' s swimming baths not even in the Thames - they would probably be poisoned
po, Sep 20 2001
  
      
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