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Tortoise Shell Games

For when I'm at woik
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My tortoise Amy often looks bored. He wanders around his spacious cage, climbs up the glass walls, eats, and plays in his water but seems to have little else to do.

Inspired by "Caroushell" (An idea by [blissmiss] that no longer exists), I propose a series of shell attachments that will entertain your tortoise for hours. There's the Shell Laser Pointer. Aimed in the forward direction, allows Amy to pretend he's an evil tortoise of death and bouncing the beam off his glass walls. Then there's the Pinwheel attachment. See him run as fast as he can trying to spin the thing. There's always the Shell's Bells, an assortment of bells attached that chime as he bumps into things. And for those active days there's the Shell Swing Set, attached to the roof of the cage for hours of swinging fun.

Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003

Tortoise Flipper http://www.halfbake.../Tortoise_20Flipper
Another wonder full shell mod [Worldgineer, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Turtlesaur cozy http://www.pinteres.../80079699597498508/
I didn't even consider tortoise fashion. [Worldgineer, Sep 24 2013]

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       You'll burn the thing out - tortoises are sedentary animals.
DrCurry, Mar 25 2003
  

       Are you sure or is it possible that they're just bored waiting for someone to offer them a toy?
Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003
  

       //He wanders around his spacious cage, climbs up the glass walls, eats, and plays in his water but seems to have little else to do.//   

       That settles it - I want to come back as a tortoise.
friendlyfire, Mar 25 2003
  

       No one's going to say it? Okay then, "Amy is a he?"   

       Envisualizing Tortoise Nascar Winston Cup Series, turtles with 'Budweiser' painted across their backs, racing eachother at a snail's pace, with slugs in the grandstands getting dizzy from watching the high-speed action.
RayfordSteele, Mar 25 2003
  

       Yeah, you can't really tell with tortoises until they're older - well after we named him.   

       Don't laugh but Amy ran away once. She (we hadn't found out yet) was roaming in the yard while we were gardening. I swear it hadn't been 10 minutes until we realized she was gone. We eventually found her under the neighbor's shed.
Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003
  

       HA HA HA HAAAAAAA!!   

       Amy is a HE!!! LOL!!! Croissant for that. Great name! actually, I have a cat. Her name is Jason- I am not making this up-. It's not funny because we named her Jason intentionally; we knew it was a she. But Amy, poor guy! No wonder why she ran away. (+)
Pericles, Mar 25 2003
  

       On Blue Peter(U.K. kids show) many years ago they had a Tortoise called Fred.His name was painted on his shell.A couple of years later they found out he was a she and walking on the wildside so they added an A and called it Freda.The presenter got very flustered when having to explain to an audience of 5 to 14 year olds what had happened.
sufc, Mar 25 2003
  

       Hehe. I really wonder how/if tortoises themselves can tell others' gender.
Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003
  

       You need the Action Cats™ Tortoise Extensions set.
waugsqueke, Mar 25 2003
  

       You'd think that people would start using names of dubious gender base for tortoises.. like Ruth, Evelyn or such.
Freelancer, Mar 25 2003
  

       [free] I haven't known a male Ruth or Evelyn. I knew a male Sara when I was a child - he overcompensated and was a bit of a bully. Anyway, my niece named her.   

       [blissy] I did no such thing. I don't believe I've ever deleted someone's comments. Are you perhaps thinking of the Tortoise Flipper idea?
Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003
  

       Evelyn Waugh. One of my favorite writers, he is. And then there was Ruth Babe, a famous ballbase player guy.
bristolz, Mar 25 2003
  

       Ruth Babe? Now you're just being silly.
Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003
  

       Id of thought a breakdancing kit would be quite good for a tortoise. Give it a bright coloured, baggy tracksuit and start playing some break-beats. Watch that turtle spin. Extra points if you fit on the tortoise flipper, so it can jump out of a spin.
miasere, Mar 25 2003
  

       Wonderful! Combine Shell Games with the Caroushell and Tortoise Flipper. It will be shiny pretty and spinny, be lots of fun, and we can install the button by a leg so Amy can press the button if he gets dizzy.
Worldgineer, Mar 25 2003
  

       I've tried explaining HB ideas to my wife, usually with the response of "uh huh". Sometimes you just have to be there.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       I love this but I don't know why. I mean, tortoises are not budgies are they? tortoises need a whole different approach to their toys. something slow and thoughtful - give me a year to think about it...
po, Mar 26 2003
  

       correct - its an accent thing, or perhaps we just hate WOIK.
po, Mar 26 2003
  

       I just realized the secret to the .5B. Only post ideas in home: pet: toy and you can't go wrong! Look at the ideas up to the right. Not a pet goldfish bone among them.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       Oh good. This is where I can put my miniature animatronic Johnny Thunders army that takes over the world idea and soak up the hot, crusty flakes!
snarfyguy, Mar 26 2003
  

       Is animatronic Johnny Thunders your pet's toy? If so, you have a chance.
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       I wish. No, I was hoping to get by on the croissant inertia of the category itself.
snarfyguy, Mar 26 2003
  

       Then how do you explain my rainforest fruit?
Worldgineer, Mar 26 2003
  

       is that what you call them? O.K.
po, Mar 27 2003
  

       hehe No, po. My rainforest fruit idea. You know, Viva la fruit! Just click on my name and look for my favorite, and most fishboned idea.
Worldgineer, Mar 27 2003
  

       How about a small pictorial web browser. How's Amy with symbolic logic?   

       Worldgineer: About halfway down the annotations you've started calling Amy 'she'. Are you starting to get confused yourself or is there still some room for doubt?
st3f, Mar 27 2003
  

       //but was exactly does "woik" mean//
It makes the day go by faster to refer to the necessary evil as "woik" instead of w- w- wo - I can't say it.
thumbwax, Mar 27 2003
  

       labours away...
po, Mar 27 2003
  

       st3f, I was wondering if anyone picked up on that. I was trying to call him she when describing events before we found out he was a he, and him thereafter. I see I messed up once... ok, it's fixed.
Worldgineer, Mar 27 2003
  

       How about glue-on wings? The tortoise is one of the most aerodynamic of all the reptiles.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 24 2013
  

       It's sort of a lifting body; you don't need wings, you just need to get it going fast enough... maybe an empannage of some sort though.
FlyingToaster, Sep 25 2013
  

       Shelley seems a winner.
AusCan531, Sep 25 2013
  

       //you don't need wings, you just need to get it going fast enough//   

       Fair point. Actually, a tortoise ought to make a fairly good Frisbee, and a very effective skipping stone. It would be probably enjoy skipping over the water.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 27 2013
  
      
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