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Stupid Argument Buzzer

Alerts debaters when their subject matter has been exhausted
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This item should be some type of buzzer or indicator light that will go off whenever an argument or debate has reached the point that it is just plain dumb and should not be argued anymore. Perhaps it will operate on the traffic light principle, in that during a logical argument a green light will display. However, as the argument spirals downward into invalid points and insulting remarks, the yellow light with flash. As soon as the arguers either come to blows or have beaten the point so much that you can't prove anything anymore, the red light will turn on. Hopefully, a spray can filled with some malodorous liquid will also be triggered, so the participators in the argument will be forced to flee the area, thus killing the debate and allowing them some time for reflective thought, at least until the smell fades away.
succubus, Jan 30 2003

Permanently on in this guy's house. http://homepage.ntl...lington/things.html
[angel, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Portable "Wrong!!" Buzzer http://www.halfbake...Wrong!!_22_20Buzzer
very similar idea by [Ander] [krelnik, Oct 04 2004]


       In my case I would hear nothing but the buzzer. Mostly, anyways.
bristolz, Jan 30 2003

       i'd be covered in some malodourous liquid.
skinflaps, Jan 30 2003

       Yep, that too.
bristolz, Jan 31 2003

       WIBNI... Wanna argue?
kropotkin, Jan 31 2003

       <angel's link>The Horror. The Horror.</angel's link>
thumbwax, Jan 31 2003

       I'll never need this buzzer because I'm a master...No, on second thoughts Idon't think I'll go there.
DrBob, Jan 31 2003

       One department at a company I used to work for had a manual version of this to keep meetings from running long. Each person had a little marker in front of their seat. If you believe the current topic of discussion has been exhausted, you flip your marker. When 'x' markers were flipped the meeting leader was required to move everyone on to the next topic. (x may have been as low as 1, I don't recall).
krelnik, Jan 31 2003

       I used to keep one of those little canned moo toys (you know, you flip it over and the air gets pulled though and goes mooooooooooo) on my desk. Very effective for indicating the topic is closed and they lost.
rbl, Jan 31 2003

       I don't know, what with ants running all over and canned mooo toys (whatever the heck they are) on [rbl]'s desk, makes you wonder what the rest of his office looks like.
po, Jan 31 2003

       madge, have me met before?
thumbwax, Feb 02 2003

       I think I might prefer a gong.
beland, Nov 01 2003

dickity, Nov 01 2003

       I fail to see what here isn't magical. Why not just have a box that argues for you, automatically stopping when its point has been exhausted? Or, wait, even better yet, this box could take my tests for me. Oooh! Oooh! Why stop there? Lets have this box go to work for everybody in the country, solve all domestic disputes, and create a dimensional vortex into a universe consisting entirely of custard.
Overpanic, Nov 01 2003

       Me! Me! Me! Meet me at the Old Peculiar in Ballard at 8
bristolz, Nov 01 2003


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