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The Whapper

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On the back of my car is mounted a brushed steel tube about 6" long by 6" in diameter, discreetly marked "The Clown Automotive 'Whapper'". Inside is squashed a big red foam boxing glove mounted on a compressed spring, and on the end of the glove are printed the words "Safe drivers don't get whapped...".

The glove can be released by a (brushed steel) button on the dash, whence it will leap forth from it's launch tube onto the windshield of whichever idiot is sitting on your tail. It is automatically retrieved five seconds later by a cord which runs down the centre of the spring and is tethered to a small electric winch mounted on the base of the tube.

crash, Jun 03 2005

Anti-tailgating device anti-tailgating_20device
This ground was covered here before in an anno, but I figured this qualified as a new idea. [wagster, Jun 03 2005]

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       I've always wanted a spacehopper cannon or howitzer, however boxing gloves will do until further notice [crash]
skinflaps, Jun 03 2005
  

       Little [crash] has done it again! (I'd also like one for the front bumper, to bat pesky pedestrians out of the way)
phundug, Jun 03 2005
  

       I think you should turn this into a propulsion mechanism.
Detly, Jun 03 2005
  

       If you can read this, youv'e been whapped.   

       Bun, but 1 concern. The phrase "my car" combined with you being the youngest baker...
Germanicus, Jan 22 2006
  

       Yeah...
DesertFox, Jan 22 2006
  

       This idea was originally posted by me on my account even though it was [crash]'s basic idea (hence the last line). It has since been moved to his brand new account which means I can bun it, something I don't do to my own ideas. [+]
wagster, Jan 22 2006
  

       I like the idea of a large foam contrivance which bursts to life on being ejected from a tube.
bungston, Jan 23 2006
  

       I think that the whapper would be great in mall parking lots for those people who obliviously walk behind your car while you are backing out.
Jscotty, Jan 23 2006
  

       I think I have a friend like you.
the fiddler, Mar 23 2006
  

       //I'd also like one for the front bumper, to bat pesky pedestrians out of the way//   

       Silly, just turn the windshiel wiper fluid squirting things around so they face forward. An accomplished 3/4 baker could do a little wiring, and put some motors in to do it for you automatically.   

       Granted, a car-mounted squirt gun is not quite as effective as a boxing glove...
ye_river_xiv, Oct 01 2006
  

       If you're always being tailgated, isn't that an indication that you should be driving further forward?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 27 2008
  

       Which problem would be resolved by commencing your journey four or five seconds earlier.
calum, Feb 28 2008
  

       [+] for the fashion sense of using a brushed steel button.
shapu, Feb 28 2008
  
      
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