Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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dirty dish day counters

mark the passing of time in the sink
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These are just a bunch of ceramic tokens, the size of coasters, printed with the days of the week. When you leave some dishes in the kitchen sink (or, more to the point, when you see that someone else has), toss in the token of the day. You now have firm evidence of how long things have been sitting there. (For those who let things go longer than a week, 31 daily tokens may be required.)
hob, Jun 06 2001

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       Surely all the tokens would finish up at the bottom of the sink after you've removed your melted-cheese-and-Spravy-encrusted plate from underneath them to eat your apple pie, and everyone else has done the same. Or are you suggesting that someone might eventually *wash* some stuff?
angel, Jun 06 2001
  

       Alternatively, you could always move house?
Spidergoat, Jun 06 2001
  

       Angel, that could be a problem. I was going for a low-technology approach, but a more aggressive solution would be tokens that emit smoke or explode if they're left in water more than X number of days.
hob, Jun 06 2001
  

       Ahhh, the old AfroAssault idea adjustment returns.   

       At my house, when all the plates are dirty, we would just start using the dish day tokens for plates, then the whole idea gets screwed up.
globaltourniquet, Jun 07 2001
  

       Perhaps they could be smaller --- the size of a poker chip, or so.
wiml, Jun 07 2001
  

       Adjustment #2: Make the tokens pyramid-shaped, so not only are they not like plates, but a sink full of them looks kind of pointy and dangerous.
hob, Jun 07 2001
  
      
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