Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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X-Ray Mirror

For a Deeper Level of Grooming...and More
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The plate copies that the doctors provide are nice conversation pieces for a while. But the novelty soon goes south. Would it not be great if we could see our own skulls in action without leaving the house?

Frighten first-time guests. Compare relative supraorbital construction with friends.

Ambient radiation seems the only downside.

The Military, Jun 28 2001

How does an X-Ray machine work? http://www.howstuff....com/question18.htm
[angel, Jun 28 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Build your own. http://www.noah.org/science/x-ray/stong/
[angel, Jun 28 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

B&W Mirror http://www.halfbake...idea/B_26W_20mirror
A big nod to beauxault's retro-reflection device, as well. [The Military, Jun 28 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Fluoroscope. http://encarta.msn....dex/4f/04f0c000.htm
'The subject to be diagnosed is placed between the X-ray tube and the fluorescent screen. ' [angel, Jun 28 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]


jutta, Jun 28 2001

       YIW. The practicality of visual phrenology is a given!
The Military, Jun 28 2001

       It could probabley be built in a similar way to the self-righting mirror ie. with a camera(in this case x-ray) and a large monitor...
RobertKidney, Jun 28 2001

       It probably couldn't; a camera depends on visible light reflected off the subject, x-ray photography needs a source of x-rays which pass through the subject onto the film. (link)
angel, Jun 28 2001

       Exactly, Robert! PeterSealy's techno looking-glass was, indeed, my inspiration.   

       angel, think "flourescope" and I believe you'll begin to see the possibilities.
The Military, Jun 28 2001

       X-ray machines used to be much more common. Shoestores, for example, used to have X-ray fluoroscopes which customers could use to check the fit of their shoes. Store owners would often let kids use the machine for fun. They probably would have had home X-ray machines if there were any use for them.   

       But there's no real use for this, and now we know more about the dangers of ionizing radiation.
egnor, Jun 28 2001

       Might we then agree to the fact that, within the parameters of safety and practicality, engineering mirrors to do things other than that which they do remains a concept worthy of pursuit?
The Military, Jun 29 2001


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