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Eternal Fire Extinguisher Monument

A conceptual counterbalance to the eternal flame.
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There are public memorial monuments that feature an "eternal" flame (natural gas). In order for the universe to remain in balance, I think that for each of these "eternal" flames, we should have a separate "eternal" fire extinguisher.

It would consist of a steady stream of CO2 gas (or whatever) in a pleasing fountain-like format that could be illuminated at night.

An "eternal" extinguisher would not be directed at an "eternal" flame, of course. We don't want to be mean- spirited about it.

fritiquoff, Sep 19 2002


       I know better, but I'm going to call this Baked in the form of monument/fountains.
phoenix, Sep 19 2002

       I have to protest that "baked" vote phoenix, at least on those terms! Of course monuments and fountains exist. I totally love the idea of a large red canister, blissmiss, standing nobly in a public square.
fritiquoff, Sep 19 2002

       How do you plan to illuminate a fountain of colorless CO2 gas amidst colorless air?
jutta, Sep 20 2002

       If you've ever used a CO2 fire extinguisher, you'll know that it appears as a mist or cloud.   

       You might even project a laser show on it.   

       On second thoughts, it's noisy and after a while you find it hard to breath. I'm sure the last thing you want is people watching the monument and then flaking out due to oxygen depravation.
ja5on, Sep 20 2002

       Not sure CO2 is appropriate in these Kyoto-conscious times (would send the wrong message), and water is baked. What else can you use to extinguish fires? Foam...
whimsickle, Sep 20 2002

       Foam, dry powder, CO2, Water, Halon.   

       Halon is frowned on post-Kyoto. CO2 is not in fact too bad ... but bulk releases aren't helpful. It's certainly not banned.   

       Water would just be a fountain - Baked. (Boiled ?).   

       That leaves foam (intersting concept) and dry powder (spectacular but VERY messy). DP is usualy microcrystalline sodium bicarbonate so environmentally it's pretty benign, and cheap. AFFF is fairly expensive.   

       Or you could have a huge woven-silica fire blanket ?
8th of 7, Sep 20 2002

       A foot stamping for all eternity?
pottedstu, Sep 20 2002

       Heh. Okay, how about sand? Or a gigantic candle snuff?
phoenix, Sep 20 2002

       A gigantic bronze candle snuffer. You could stand under it if it was raining.   

       Or a huge "FIRE" bucket filled with sand .... hmmm, yes, like that.
8th of 7, Sep 20 2002

       Interesting philosophical question though - what happens when an eternal fire extinguisher meets an eternal flame?

Watch house prices plummet when planning permission is granted for the "Eternal fire alarm"...
hippo, Sep 20 2002

       Aerated cement would be a nice material to have frozen in a heap, apparently leaping from the Oldenberg-style giant extinguisher. Plus it would symbolise the triumphs of diplomacy or peace studies, rather than war.
pfperry, Sep 20 2002

       Maybe you should suround the flame with firemen ready do be deployed in an instant as they put out fires. Pack tightly to depleat the flame of oxygen.
snerd, Sep 20 2002

       <out of place>
Halfbakery: Fountains of spewing CO2
</out of place>
BinaryCookies, Sep 20 2002

       While water fountains do exist, I haven't seen any in the shape of fire extiguishers. If you really want a fire extinguisher monument, just have a hydrant installed as your headstone.
nick_n_uit, Sep 21 2002


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