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The Pinata Strikes Back

Teaches Acquisition Though Superior Aggression
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Traditional Pinatas send our little tots the wrong message: That you can acquire valubles by brutalizing the defenceless. It is the way of the world that the defenceless have little worth seizing and that those with valubles usually have the will and means to put up a good fight.

Therefore I prospose a well defended Pinata. It wields a whacking stick also, controlled by a microprocessor and motors. The Pinata has infra-red sensors that read emissions from the IR transmitters embedded in the child's whacking stick, and are used by the CPU to calculate the trajectory of incoming whacks. This information is used to actuate the defensive stick to parry the blows and if the child gets too close to give him/her a whack.

This will teach children that wresting away possessions requires superior violence and aggression and also it will sharpen their hand-eye coordination, so important to developing tots.

Then the final heart rending twist: When they have finally suppressed the rebellious Pinata - inside the the Pinata is not candy, which is bad for developing teeth, but simply a slip of paper:

'"Peace On Earth" was all it said'. And this will teach them to admire nice pacifist songs from the Seventies.

CecilL, Oct 06 2005

(?) Evil Pinata Evil_20Pinatas
A similar but inchoate idea [CecilL, Oct 06 2005]

Indestructable Pinata Indestructible_20Pi_f1ata
Obligitary self glorifying link. [hidden truths, Mar 01 2006]


       I realize a similar idea <link> has been offered but it is not clear how it worked and it's cultural satiric value is somewhat blunt. I await your fishbone.
CecilL, Oct 06 2005

       Au contraire [CeciL], this idea is bun-worthy. Get the kids to work![+]
DocBrown, Oct 07 2005

       The Mexicans [Pa`ve], though I don't see what NRA membership has to do with anything.
DocBrown, Oct 07 2005

       Suspended at eye level, about ten feet in front of Luke, a "seeker", a chrome baseball-like robot covered with antennae, hovers slowly in a wide arc. The ball floats to one side of the youth then the other. Suddenly it makes a lightning-swift lunge and stops within a few feet of Luke's face. Luke doesn't move and the ball backs off. It slowly moves behind the boy, then makes another quick lunge, this time emitting a blood red laser beam as it attacks.
wagster, Oct 07 2005

       //and also it will sharpen their hand-eye coordination//   

       ... isn't pinata-bashing done blindfolded?
Trickytracks, Oct 07 2005

       It will teach the younglings the ways of the force. [+]
hidden truths, Oct 07 2005

       Maybe it will teach them to shoot the pinata.
Cuit_au_Four, Mar 01 2006

       Not if combined with an indestructible pinata <see link>.
hidden truths, Mar 01 2006

       Let the kids use guns, but coat the pinata in reinforced steel. And give it wheels, so it can move. And make it big, sort of like an armoured truck. And fill it with money. I think the bank lets people do this. Just find one of their trucks and it's showtime!
Shadow Phoenix, Nov 11 2007


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