Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Origami disposal

For those embarassed about their "sissy" habit
 
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A simple electric-motor driven arm (that rotates 180 degrees vertically) with a small basket on the end of the arm that would dump all of your cranes, offering boxes, and pecking chickens into the toilet via radio control. A 15-lb. rubber-covered steel ball would also be dislodged from the top of the unit to roll down a ramp and off of the tank. A chain attached to the ball would pull the handle of the toilet.

The unit could have hand-held triggers, wall mounted triggers, and a trigger incorporated into the chain lock on the doors of your house.

You would have to make sure that you leave the lid up, and that any finished projects (or pre-cut paper) were kept in the basket.

bulgy bear, Oct 12 2002

(???) Best I could do http://bulgybear.tr...om/origamidisposal/
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       Wow. You should make a diagram or drawing of this idea. It deserves a visualization to fully bring out its whackiness. +
bristolz, Oct 12 2002
  

       I love the rube-goldberg aspect of this. Anyone handy or talented enough to draw this device? I have got to see this thing in action.   

       Since your design doesn't serve up croissants, I'll have to serve one instead.
IVnick8or, Oct 12 2002
  

       bristolz, any chance?   

       what would be the right category for this? personally I would have chosen - Health: Aid   

       hello, Forny is back!
po, Oct 12 2002
  

       A picture! Very nice.   

       "Forny?"
bristolz, Oct 12 2002
  

       Toilet disposal?
We can flush origami
Much faster now, thanks!
Amos Kito, Oct 13 2002
  

       IVnick8or - sorry I deleted your annot by accident
bulgy bear, Oct 13 2002
  

       WELL! At least I didn't delete your croissant. That stays. Fun idea!
IVnick8or, Oct 13 2002
  

       Fishbone for dissing origami.
waugsqueke, Oct 13 2002
  

       (waugsqueke) yeah, i don't much care for this idea, either. Do you do origami? I do, and at this point have gotten beyond cranes and offering boxes, to things like dragons, and working jack-in-boxes. these models take time, and i can't see flushing them out of embarasment.   

       I've never been embarased to admit to doing origami.   

       besides, there's a limits to the kind of paper you can flush down a toilet. there is quite a differance between the papers we would fold, and ordinary toilet paper.   

       this invention would be great for roto-rooter.   

       however, i must say that paper stuff you want to get rid of would be beter off sent to a paper shredder, ofcourse a thick model could jam a shredder.
-wess, Oct 14 2002
  

       Fire. Fire is the answer.   

       Make elaborate paper dart. Tweak design to achieve good, stable flight. Place plastic sachet of lighter fuel in nose. Add small pellet of white phosphorous, throw from upper window. Trail of smoke, crash, satisfying burst if flame.   

       NB may cause erratic burn marks on back lawn.   

       Cranes, birds etc. can be placed on lawn and targeted with flying projectiles. Even if you miss, it's still fun.
8th of 7, Oct 14 2002
  

       fire, that reminds me, i know a guy who can fold a flapping bird out of a burning square of paper, while riding a six foot unicycle.
-wess, Oct 14 2002
  

       wess, no I don't do origami, but I think it's a wonderful art form and nothing to be ashamed of.
waugsqueke, Oct 15 2002
  

       Personally, I think this invention should be constructed entirely out of folded paper (preferably a single square) and only the owner should land in the toilet -- for being ashamed of an interest in this particular art form.
BigBrother, Oct 16 2002
  

       During a recent period of ill health I received a cardboard package from a friend (who was in Japan at the time). To my sheer amazement it was full of small, multicoloured paper cranes. Turns out it is a custom in Japan to make 1000 paper cranes as a 'get well soon' kind of message/blessing. It is not what you do with the cranes, so much as the time and thought put into making them that counts.   

       Anyhoo I have a soft spot for origami these days.   

       But your idea is reminiscent of Wile E. Coyote and silly enough for a good vote.
Jinbish, Oct 16 2002
  

       I think this was really an oblique reference to an automatic weed disposal machine. Papers, etc.   

       My God. 17 years.
nomocrow, Feb 20 2019
  
      
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