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An unfortunate accident (attributable solely to operator
incompetence) and the usual exaggerations put about by the
media have meant that MaxCo. has had to delay the official
launch of our PopCraft industrial popcorn-moulding
Howevertheless, I felt it incumbent upon me to reveal
miraculous machine to you, my steamed halfbakery
The heart of the PopCraft machine is a series of steel plates,
each with many small, intricately-formed recesses. As the
plates are moved along a conveyer, a single grain of popping
corn is deposited in each recess, along with a small squirt of
vegetable oil. A second plate, also with recesses, is then
clamped securely on the first, enclosing each kernel in its
own small chamber.
The paired plates then pass over a gas flame, timed precisely
to pop the enclosed kernels. When the plates are opened
further down the line, a perfectly-formed popcorn teddybear
falls from each recess.
Alternative plate sets can produce miniature edible platonic
solids, perfect popcorn spheres, or tiny simulacra of the
Statue of Liberty. The possibilities are unlimitless.
Now I understand
why Einstein stopped combing his hair at the office. [4and20, Oct 12 2014]
but not doably patentable. [4and20, Oct 12 2014]
||Could you have a teddy on one side and a lady liberty on the other ? Must it be symmetrical on a line or no.
||////vegetable oil// sp. butter//
||Wrongo. Popcorn should be popped in an oil with a
high smoke-point. Once it's popped, it should of
course be tossed in melted butter and a little salt.
||//Could you have a teddy on one side and a lady
liberty on the other ?// I think that would only work
if you had the teddy striking a Saturday Night Fever
||[+] I'm not sure it would work but it's certainly worth half a cornbread croissant.
||(hmm... if the kernel was etched...)
||Re. second patent: damn, damn, damn.
||Could you use focussed magnetrons and/or lasers to force a shaped explosion by selective heating?
||I'll have mine in the shape of a giant Lego, please.