Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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O.C.D. Dinner Set

plates, cups, saucers, cutlery etc suitable for use by those with Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder
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Folk with OCD are only really happy when they have an outlet which satisfies their compulsive behaviour. The OCD Dinner Set achieves this objective.

It has several characteristics which provide material upon which the OCD sufferer can focus. These are listed as follows:
Each item has a short black line printed on it.
Each item has a coloured dot attached to its underside.
Each item has tiny flaw in the form of a nick or a scratch which requires close scrutiny in order to find.
Each item has a set of random words running along part of its rim edge.

The OCD sufferer is now faced with a more or less infinite set of potential arrangements for laying out or storing their dinner set, and the rationale for constantly checking that this particular layout is the optimum one possible.

xenzag, Nov 12 2010

The protagonist is preoccupied with the letter Z http://books.google...m=4&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAw
and, to a lesser extent, with its neighbours. [pertinax, Nov 13 2010]

The Dirty Fork http://en.wikipedia...wiki/The_Dirty_Fork
Qver-reaction, [8th of 7, Nov 13 2010]

The protaganist is pre-occupied with V. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V.
'V' by Thomas Pynchon. [DrBob, Nov 16 2010]


       Didn't they have these on The O.C. ?   

       By the way, I note there's an X and a Z in your username, which is quite unusual. Z is the least used letter in the English language, with X, Q & J close behind. It stands to reason that you may not be a native English speaker.   

       From this I deduce that you are likely of Maltese or Basque extraction. Just saying...
infidel, Nov 12 2010

       Zounds! I think you're being somewhat jejune (or maybe just jovial) in your quizzical lexicographical examination. Excessive deficits of X, J, Q and Z are quite common, but - by Jove - not quite as quixotically extreme as you think. This dozey quest for bizarre paradoxes is amazingly zany - axe it, whizz- kid!
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 13 2010

       What could one possibly say after *that* anno?!?
Boomershine, Nov 13 2010

       See link, [Boomershine].
pertinax, Nov 13 2010

       There’s no such thing as an “obsessive compulsive” disorder. It’s merely stupid behaviour. Those people should stop being so idiotic, pull themselves together, and behave reasonably under all circumstances .
Ian Tindale, Nov 13 2010

       Exceedingly sagacious - especially if fabricated from quartz.
hippo, Nov 13 2010

xenzag, Nov 13 2010

       //behave reasonably under all circumstances //   

       Even when they're given a dirty fork ?
8th of 7, Nov 13 2010

       Dirty forks are half of the fun you can have under the table in a restaurant.
infidel, Nov 13 2010

       //What could one possibly say after *that* anno?!?// Zilch.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 13 2010

       oops, I have an x....
xandram, Nov 13 2010

       Hang on to it until you can use it on a triple word score.
8th of 7, Nov 13 2010

       Most of us have exes, [xandram].
infidel, Nov 13 2010

       This may work for my family, I am very impressed.
reclaimbozeman, Nov 14 2010

       Well, yeah, some of us have two x's, others an x and a y. In support of this thread, however, there is a clear need to invent a z chromosome.   

       ...and then to keep it scrupulously clean.
pertinax, Nov 14 2010

       Birds have Z-chromosomes. I think.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 14 2010

       I can include a letter "Z" on each plate. There are clearly a lot of letter "Z" OCDs here.
xenzag, Nov 14 2010

       Yes, but how many ? Exactly how many ? And are you quite sure that one of them isn't in fact a "2" ? Better go back and count them all over again ...
8th of 7, Nov 14 2010

       Or an “N”
pocmloc, Nov 14 2010

       That must be confusing for New Zealanders with OCD.
infidel, Nov 15 2010

       Do you think that if someone lived in a completely mucky, dirty environment, where no surface or space was without glug of some kind or another, that they would think OCD was made up, or something out of science fiction, or something. I dunno.
blissmiss, Nov 15 2010

       You mean the normal world? As opposed to the clean room conditions that it is assumed computer keyboards are to be operated within (whereas they are in fact used instead of bibs to keep a small area of the table free of falling food and drink as they are constantly consumed throughout the day). Or as opposed to the totally dry days that it is assumed our phones and cameras and mp3 players are to be used? Or as opposed to the sterile conditions that the Apple Mighty Mouse was designed to be used in (instead of by a human hand, covered in grease, sweat, food, particles, etc).
Ian Tindale, Nov 15 2010

       I have an *x* because I have an ex. I didn't get a divorce when we first separated, so I changed the spelling of my name to start with an *x* so I could be [x-so and so]!!
xandram, Nov 15 2010

       The odd thing is that the idea as posted contains 44 E's, 33 A's, 22 O's and 11 U's.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 16 2010

       hmmmm, and not one Q ...   


       Aqtually there is one.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 16 2010

       // not one Q //   

       Be glad of that, he's nothing but trouble.
8th of 7, Nov 16 2010


       and I read it SO many times too...starting with the first letter of every second word and then the second letter of every third word and so fourth until I had wrapped the whole thing.   

       There's just something about a Q which requires close scrutiny in order to find.   

       Quite so.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 16 2010

       //there is one// No, it is a q, not a Q.
pocmloc, Nov 17 2010

       You're right. I had the caps-lock on my screen turned on.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 17 2010

       I think that was your cue, [pocmloc].
infidel, Nov 17 2010


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