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Tanks of Shame

an armoured, but unarmed response to trouble
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Sometimes there can be a lot of trouble between two countries which quickly escalates into a shooting war... sound familiar?

This usually happens when both sides are confident on the predicted reaction of the opposing side, and this occurs because most folk think by using the tools on which they have become dependant. In the case of armies, it is weapons.

Tanks of Shame have been developed to provide an alternative to this depressing pattern. At the first sign of trouble, they are sent en mass and their accusing digits aimed squarely at the source of the problem. Each side will naturally try to outdo each other, by deploying their own equivalents.

Fingers will extend outwards and be illuminated at night. Giant balloons will be constructed, and towed into position, in the form of pointing Fingers of Shame.

Entire weapons systems will be converted on witnessing the successful outcomes achieved by outshaming instead of outshooting your opponent.

xenzag, Jul 17 2006

Tanks of Shame https://sodabred.tu...a-halfbaked-idea-by
Tanks of Shame illustration [xenzag, Jul 17 2006, last modified May 06 2018]

damning evidence of Russian guilt https://www.youtube...watch?v=18CmFzqojLs
[xenzag, Aug 01 2014]


       But pointing is rude.
To countered by a new anti-pointing-tank "talk-to-the-hand" weapon.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jul 17 2006

       Followed by a cannonade of "Sticks and stones can break your bones..."
methinksnot, Jul 17 2006

       And don't forget, when you point at somebody, there are three fingers pointing right back at you.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jul 17 2006

       "What the heck is that?"
"Why that's just your Cue't'Kill private."

       no, no, no! a little to the left private! you're other left! we have no grudge against those other guys!
tcarson, Jul 18 2006

       Why can't we just follow James Caan's solution and play Rollerball to settle our differences?   

       Kidding. I love it. Perhaps a persistent serious offender should be made to take their country and go stand in the corner. Somewhere really unpopular where no one wants to go. New Orleans? Washington?
neuro, Jul 18 2006

       I presume you can make the digits wag in a "Naughty, naughty!" sort of way?
wagster, Jul 18 2006

       I'm working on one where the thumb goes on a giant nose, the hand is perpendicular in orientation, and the fingers wiggle in the air, as if playing a flute when the "battle" has been won.
xenzag, Jul 18 2006

       I'd be careful - that sort of behaviour often results in retaliatory slapsies.
wagster, Jul 18 2006

       // And don't forget, when you point at somebody, there are three fingers pointing right back at you. // Doh! I hate it when people say that. All non-pointers should move to switzerland to proclaim their ultimate neutrality.   

       My motto: Point or be pointed at!
MoreCowbell, Jul 18 2006

       The General Assembly not doing it for you? Not enough theater?
theircompetitor, Jul 18 2006

       Not the best idea I've seen today, but it is the only one I'd be willing to try.
reensure, Jul 18 2006

       Time to get the tanks out again, (see pic) and park them where they can point at the nearest Russian embassy. There are a few other places where they could go too re Gaza situation.
xenzag, Aug 01 2014

       In a follow-up article, the United States military has weaponized this.
Klaatu, Aug 01 2014

       I was hoping these would be large, water-filled tanks. Because they could have a show with Shameu.
bungston, Aug 01 2014

       This is the best "tanks of shame" idea I've seen in ages.   

MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 01 2014

       See updated illustration - meant to post when Syria gassed civilians with Russian support.
xenzag, May 06 2018


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