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Non-Lighter Lighter

another stupid lighter, but a smart one
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Non-Lighter Lighter is a totally conventional portable lighter in its appearance and operation, apart from one significant difference: it won't set alight to anything.

It won't set alight to anything because it has contained within its diminutive apparatus a tiny sensor that chokes off the flame automatically the instant it detects the proximity of any approaching object.

xenzag, Sep 29 2015

Fair comment? http://s566.photobu...psdac4eaaf.jpg.html
One of Magritte's lesser-known pieces. [Canuck, Sep 30 2015]

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       Disappointed - from the title I thought this was going to be a lighter that was heavier than (or the same weight as) other lighters.
hippo, Sep 29 2015
  

       That idea would be better described as a "Heavier Lighter".
xenzag, Sep 29 2015
  

       No, that would not include those lighters which were the same weight as other lighters which the title "Non-lighter lighter" does include.
hippo, Sep 29 2015
  

       Well you should post it as an idea..... (a light weight one)
xenzag, Sep 29 2015
  

       At first I thought, "wow, how very zen", but then I read the last paragraph and I decided "wow, how not so zen".
blissmiss, Sep 29 2015
  

       What's non zen like about the idea that something intended to set fire to whatever is placed in front of it, can never set fire to anything that is placed in front of it, as placing something in front of it is the very action which prevents it from setting fire to that which is placed in front of it?
xenzag, Sep 29 2015
  

       Zis "zen buddhism" is all very vell and güt, ja, but vat ve are needing today is "now buddhism".
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 29 2015
  

       Because of the apparatus inside, dear zenzag, I mean...of course, xenzag.
blissmiss, Sep 30 2015
  

       Ah... but without an indication as to how it would operate, the idea would be described as "magic", and come under mfd category.
xenzag, Sep 30 2015
  

       It's therefore a zen idea - the apparatus needed for it to appear as a zen idea prevents it from being zen.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 30 2015
  

       Perhaps "Sisyphean lighter" then?
hippo, Sep 30 2015
  

       <Thought Police>   

       There never was any spoon. Forget everything you know about spoons. You imagined the spoon. Spoonthinkers Unbellyfeel Ingsoc.   

       </Thought Police>
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