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Hoberman Spherical Raincoat

Finally, a use for the Hoberman sphere...
 
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It was a dark and stormy night, (yes, actually I had planned to use that sentence 2 days prior to the thread, thank you, but didn't have the creative energy to finish this), and Raybird Smeele was in his garage, having the time of his life,--his mail-order package had arrived earlier that day, and he was now engrossed in assembling the remaining pieces to the largish plastic ball on the floor. A few more and it would be done. The weather was cooperating nicely, perfect for being anywhere but outside, and outside was exactly where he wanted to go to test his latest ACME fashion statement.

After carefully wrapping the ball in its fully-expanded mode with the provided plastic-wrap, he gave it a test push. The crisp cellophane crinkled stiffly as the ball's outer diameter rods folded neatly together, pulling the cellophane inward. "Nowhere near the advertised packing size," Ray stated, "but probably my bad tape-job. No matter."

He expanded the ball again, unbuttoned the plastic hatch side, set the inner locking rod to keep the sphere's size, and climbed in. He started walking towards the garage door. The cellophane provided a crinkly, distorted view from the inside making navigation a little hard to get used to.

He walked out into the rain, now coming down in sideways-blowing sheets, and smiled as he felt not a drop. But the wind was picking up, threatening to send him rolling.

RayfordSteele, Jul 21 2003

don't know what a Hoberman sphere is http://video.go.com/bubbleboy/index.html
reminds me of this [snarfyguy, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Hoberman Sphere http://www.hoberman...here/megasphere.htm
for those who like playing with big balls [RayfordSteele, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Heres the puppy http://www.hoberman...Liberty/liberty.htm
Hoberman sphere in motion. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Wind whips Mr. Smeele into an alley, where he bounces from the hood of a car and ends up wedged between walls 14 feet off the ground.
lurch, Jul 21 2003
  

       It's fun to imagine somebody tring to use this from a car. If it were spring-loaded, you could throw it into the air and jump under an already-open hatch. it's be pretty much the same process going out the front door.
Eugene, Jul 21 2003
  

       I can't seem to make my computer find a link to hoberman speres. Anyone else having this problem?
Even the link from my Gyrosphere idea is down. Conspiracy?
  

       Hoberman spear: a primitive yet geometrically collapse-able hunting weapon...
RayfordSteele, Jul 22 2003
  

       Brittany Sphere, just wait about twenty years.   

       Brittany Sphere alternative: an over-fed spaniel.   

       Brittany's pair: causes men to oogle   

       Uberman Sphere: supernova
RayfordSteele, Jul 22 2003
  
      
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