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Van der Saran Wrap

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A built in electrostatic generator (manual or plug-in) inside the box ensures that the plastic wrap which, despite all advertising to the contrary, pretty well only sticks to itself, immediately upon separation from the mother-roll, will *not* stick to itself.
FlyingToaster, Aug 21 2012

Cello-tape_20Dispenser_20With_20a_20Beak Here's the same problem solved for cellotape. I actually built one, and it works really well. [xenzag, Aug 25 2012]


       [+] Will the manual one work by rubbing 2 balloons together?
xandram, Aug 21 2012

       Ah, sho not the famoush Dutch fetishisht detective?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 21 2012

       I believe that was Van der Boot.
sqeaketh the wheel, Aug 21 2012

       But seriously, what is the operating principle of saran wrap? Clearly it should not be static charge, thus your de-charging device is a good idea. [+] Instead it is probably the Van der Walls interaction, discovered by no less than Van der Walls himself. (No, he's not the Dutch version of Spiderman.) He found, by scribbling various math symbols on paper, that any two neutral bodies (which would not include Fox News) are brought close together, they attract because the electrons in one body polarize those in the other and vice versa (nothing to do with "vice" actually). Not to be outdone, Casimir, that other Dutch physicist, showed that if two metal sheets (no, they don't sleep under metal sheets in Holland) are brought very very near each other, they attract because the vacuum energy is reduced in between the sheets. (No joke about vacuum cleaners allowed.) So to sum up, and there will be a test, Don't make jokes about the Dutch, they just might do some serious science in response.
sqeaketh the wheel, Aug 21 2012

       //Don't make jokes about the Dutch, they just might do some serious science in response.//   

       "Hey! Letsh all go down to de Shupercollider and shee if we can shpot shome Higgsh Boshons, yeah!"   

       It's very difficult to take the Dutch seriously. (They were originally called the Dutts, by the way. They just failed to adequately explain that to foreignersh.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 21 2012

       [sqeak] the device is actually an electrostatic charger not decharger. It seems the stickishness is caused by differently charged patches. If the sheet is given an overall + or - charge then it shouldn't stick to itself even if the charge isn't of even strength across the surface.   

       Though personally I do favour the Van der Walls theory, in which case this fights that.
FlyingToaster, Aug 23 2012

       Ha - you deleted the link to my idea solving the same problem for cello-tape.
xenzag, Aug 23 2012

       yeah, sorry, I've been in pastry withdrawal a bit and it sounded too much like an m-f-d call (when in reality your were solving the exact opposite problem). Feel free to relink.
FlyingToaster, Aug 23 2012

       // cello-tape //   

       But what if it's your viola that's broken?
8th of 7, Aug 23 2012

       //....and it sounded too much like an m-f-d call...// not at all. I'm very direct when calling for those.
xenzag, Aug 23 2012

       //It's very difficult to take the Dutch seriously.//
How can you say that? Yesterday, Dutchman Theun de Jong came third in the field of 18 finalists in the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu in Northern Finland.
sqeaketh the wheel, Aug 25 2012

       "And with that, the case of the Crown vs. [sqeaketh the wheel] was proven beyond reasonable doubt ..."
8th of 7, Aug 25 2012


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