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The Drenchcoat

Take the fog with you.
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(With 'Cumulus Cloud Coat' a close second :) )

It looks like a normal trenchcoat, but inside the fabric panels near the sleeves, bottom and collar are airtight, pressure resistant reservoirs containing some substance with a boiling point lower than 0°C (liquid nitrogen, solid carbon dioxide, liquid helium...). As you wear this coat, mist (and after a while, ice) will appear around you, creating that enigmatic ambience we all desire.

(Note: Works best in winter, when air is moist. May not keep you warm.)

Detly, Oct 08 2003

Diller + Scofidio's Blur Building http://www.designbo...dillerscofidio.html
Built for the Swiss National Expo 2002 [bristolz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Got Fog? http://www.gotfog.com/
Maybe use a fog machine instead? [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

"That guy had a drenchcoat that wouldn't quit." http://www.homevide.../casablanca130.jpeg
[Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       Uhm...how about 'Double Breasted London Fog'? Hyuk,yuk.
gorath, Oct 09 2003
  

       The anti-blazer.   

       CondenShroud
Silver Lining
Vaporwear
half, Oct 09 2003
  

       Drenchcoat or blur blazer (link)   

       Clouk.
bristolz, Oct 09 2003
  

       "Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Bakers, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three hundred people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now.... here's looking at you kid."
Cedar Park, Oct 09 2003
  

       +. Is this availible in a hooded cloak as well?
Eugene, Oct 09 2003
  

       I wonder if you could do something with an embedded fog machine instead.
waugsqueke, Oct 09 2003
  

       Fog machine... nah, too many moving parts. And the noise might detract form the effect. :P   

       [Cedar Park] understands exactly what I'm talking about ;) and [Eugene]'s hood is a must. Maybe this could be available in a cape style as well...
Detly, Oct 09 2003
  

       Exellent! This would be like walking around in a Basil Rathbourne Sherlock Holmes film. +   

       Does it come with its own fog horn?
muzer, Oct 10 2003
  

       + Dayumm!, this makes me go all misty eyed and want to be a goth again!
gnomethang, Oct 10 2003
  

       Shouldn't this be in the Superheroes section? (Fogman, or some such.)
DrCurry, Oct 10 2003
  

       “So, he was wearing that trenchcoat again.”
“Yep, Charlie was out there on the playground, and he’d open it up, and this big fog would come rolling out.”
“And there were kids...”
“Scared the tar out of them.”
“Oh my!”
“Some of them are in therapy.”
“What did they do?”
“The kids? ”
“The police.”
“Oh, they chased him down.”
“I thought Charlie was such a sprinter.”
“He was, like the wind, but the helium froze his ankles and they broke off.”
“Really!”
“Yep, his legs were pumping along like broken matchsticks—he got the points suck in play sand.”
“What did they do with his feet?”
“Oh, left them for the birds.”
“That’s barbaric!”
“Well, I did that,” Charlene said, screwing open an Oreo and licking the filling. “Charlie’s bird crazy, so it seemed fittin’.”
“So, the birds ate his feet.”
“No, actually they froze too.”
“His feet were that cold?”
“You don’t mess with liquid helium, apparently.”
pluterday, Oct 10 2003
  

       Very film noir. +
stupop, Oct 10 2003
  

       //May not keep you warm// The heat has to go somewhere. Will work nicely in the winter.   

       Terrible about Charlie.
Worldgineer, Oct 10 2003
  

       Footloose and fancy free. What is it with Charlene and those oreos?
k_sra, Oct 10 2003
  

       have leather motorcycle riding wear along the same lines ... planes can spot a crash by following the billowing fog
Letsbuildafort, Oct 10 2003
  

       Comes free with the "film noir home"?
notme, Oct 11 2003
  

       If it gets too hot, you would look more like the Michelin Man, or Violet Beauregard after the grape gum accident in the Wonka factory.
bungston, Oct 11 2003
  

       (blueberry)
half, Oct 11 2003
  

       [notme] - I'd wear it to the Cafe 3AM.
[pluterday] - Heh heh.
[DrCurry] - No, it's purely intended as a fashion accessory - no super powers bestowed upon wearer.
Detly, Oct 12 2003
  

       I'll make this an even 30+.
FarmerJohn, Oct 13 2003
  

       Heh. I used to work at Baskin Robbins. I love big freezers.
Detly, Oct 13 2003
  

       Air pressure differences meant that if you walked in and left the door open for a few seconds before it swung shut, it would stick. Pretty scary the first time it happened, because they're damn near soundproof.   

       It was great in summer.   

       I actually got this idea when I was filling a dewar (like a 30L vacuum flask) with LN2 on a cold, grey winter morning a few months ago. The tank is located in a small parking lot for the building, and there was a rolling mist covering the entire area, to about ankle height. It was quite strange.
Detly, Oct 13 2003
  

       Also, I reckon you could add a blue neon light, which will add a mysterious "TV Drama" type lighting effect. Plus, of course, you'd want subtly-placed speakers to produce a sound-track. Maybe some solo-Sax blues would fit best?
the_jxc, Oct 14 2003
  

       I watched a version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame at the West Yorkshire Playhouse about five years ago - done by the greatest director/designer team ever (Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch)... plug completed...   

       In it, the Cardinal wore a long flowing red cloak which reached all the way down to the floor. It must have had pockets sown into the bottom of it, with theatrical smoke tablets in them, as everywhere he walked, a thin layer of smoke would rise from beneath him. If he stood still, he would gradually be surrounded by a larger and larger cloud of smoke, until he had to move again to be seen.   

       +... and thanks for taking me back - really was a fantastic play...
Danzarak, Oct 14 2003
  

       As the_jxc points out, the lighting would be important. If you don't want to freeze your arse off whilst wearing the coat then some sort of insulation will be required between your body and the liquid helium pockets, so the lighting will serve, in place of body heat, as the method for warming the stuff up.
DrBob, Oct 14 2003
  

       That's a good point - I'd just figured on some sort of insulating material, and having asbestos buttons or something. So maybe some subtle lighting could serve a purpose for heating as well... Nothing too bulky though.
Detly, Oct 14 2003
  

       Poor man. Darwin-san.
badgers, Oct 15 2003
  

       Another dry ice story: Many moons ago I was hired to play in the orchestra for a pretty awful christmas musical. One scene was set in at the North Pole and the director directed his directees to use a bit of dry ice which sank to the floor and looked quite effective. One night the dopey stage-hand in charge of the CO2 overdid it by a mile and the orchestra pit (in front of and below the level of the stage) slowly filled up with fog. Eventually we couldn't see our music or breathe much and the decision was made to have the interval early while the fog cleared. When we got out of the pit it looked really cool,though. Brim full with writhing, coiling mist.
squeak, Oct 15 2003
  

       Bun for "creating that enigmatic ambience we all desire."
Joolin, Dec 15 2009
  
      
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