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Train fluffer

Reduce storage needs
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Trains need to be long and stiff when they enter tunnels. Imagine a floppy train thrusting into a tunnel; it just won't go in; there'd be unsatisfactory chaos.

The problem is that all the delays that trains experience cause them to lose their ardour. I propose a fluffer, employing whatever method best suits, to tumefy the train.

When not in use, the train will shrink so it will be easier to store.

DenholmRicshaw, Mar 14 2007

Real train fluffers! http://www.sciencea...wwflag=2&imagepos=8
at the end of a hard day [DenholmRicshaw, Mar 14 2007]

Wikipedia: Fluffing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluffing
Q: What's a fluffer? [jutta, Mar 14 2007]

What's a Fluffer Nutter? http://www.urbandic...term=fluffer+nutter
[xandram, Mar 14 2007]

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       The idea is odd, the link just makes me uncomfortable.
wagster, Mar 14 2007
  

       There is either some sort of innuendo being used that really doesn't work, or this is just a dumb idea to use some fancy words. I am not aware that trains are rigid so they can run in tunnels, most trains are pulled or are even self propelled at every carriage. so the basis of the idea is flawed.
jhomrighaus, Mar 14 2007
  

       Its hard to deal with criticism. I will just try to keep a stiff upper lip while I endure your poking.
jhomrighaus, Mar 14 2007
  

       fluff me pink ! I never knew that before.
xenzag, Mar 14 2007
  

       What is a "floppy train"? Is that similar to a floppy diskette?
ed, Mar 15 2007
  

       I've heard that length has little to do with it and that stiffness is everything.
nuclear hobo, Mar 15 2007
  

       So, which one came first?
daseva, Mar 15 2007
  

       Looks at [DenholmRicshaw]'s profile page; a fair proportion of the ideas seem similarly focused.
david_scothern, Mar 15 2007
  
      
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