Food: Vegetable
Pumpkin compressing conveyor belt.   (+19, -2)  [vote for, against]
Conveyor belt which drags pumpkins deep into the ocean and back.

The pumpkin is dragged to depths where the pressure is around 6 tons per square inch, then back again. Of course you could lower them to different depths and get pumpkins the size of apples or grapes.

Boiling a compressed pumpkin will soften it and make it edible.
-- 0_owaffleo_0, Jan 20 2005

The effects of deep sea pressure on polystyrene http://oceanexplore...ad_cupafter_600.jpg
[DrCurry, Jan 21 2005]

(???) Been there, done that..... http://www.bubblesb...Pumpkin/pumpkin.htm
.....ok, without the conveyer belt [normzone, Jan 21 2005]

A potential customer http://www.howarddi...ages/show_king2.jpg
[robinism, Jan 22 2005]

World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association http://www.punkinchunkin.com/
Which class do you prefer? Compressed Air, Centrifugal, Catapult, Trebuchet or Human Powered? [Gamma48, Jun 20 2009]

You are a genius, this is an extremely economical way to compress pumpkins. If you get a copyright for this and a column in the times magazine, you will probably revolutionise the pumpkin industry and bring enjoyment and prosperity to many.
-- 0_owaffleo_0, Jan 20 2005


Undersea pumpkin compactors have been done so many times...

But that boiling part, now that's original.
-- robinism, Jan 20 2005


Won't they just expand when you bring them back up again?
-- Detly, Jan 20 2005


Am I the only one who doesn't know why you'd want to compress a pumpkin?
-- 5th Earth, Jan 20 2005


how would you prevent witches in scuba gear stealing them in the dead of night?
-- benfrost, Jan 20 2005


Ha, ha, ha, I want to be a aquatic pumpkineer!
-- skinflaps, Jan 20 2005


No, [5th].
-- david_scothern, Jan 20 2005


Shrunken heads sideline.
-- FarmerJohn, Jan 20 2005


Anyone who treats a pumpkin this way is out of his gourd.
-- robinism, Jan 21 2005


Wouldn't the conveyor belt be equaly shrinked at that pressure? Oh right, that doesn't matter -- with this pumpkins shinked too. Never mind. Sorry.
-- jstf, Jan 21 2005


I think I'd prefer a conveyor that went into space, and exploded the pumpkins in a vacuum.
-- DrCurry, Jan 21 2005


I've taken first place in an underwater pumpkin carving contest.....a conveyer belt would have been handy. If you get careless for a moment, the damn thing takes off for the surface.
-- normzone, Jan 21 2005


This is a significant improvement over conventional methods of pumpkin compression.
-- Laughs Last, Jan 21 2005


My nuclear pumpkin compressor will own you all.
-- Detly, Jan 21 2005


I think you would need to fill the pumpkin with styrofoam of the same density as pumpkin parenchyma. This will get a nice uniform shrinkage. Otherwise the pumpkin will cave in, as the interior is mostly air.
-- bungston, Jan 21 2005


You could inject the middle with expanding foam, but then it would cease to be edible.
-- wagster, Jan 21 2005


Sadly they would, more or less. On the ascent, the inside would decompress to equalise with the outside pressure and swell. I would still go down to the bottom of the conveyor belt in a bathyscaphe to see a tiny pumpkin.
-- wagster, Jan 21 2005


Build apparatus to throw them at people - Shrunken Sunken Punkin Chunkin.
-- david_scothern, Jan 21 2005


Or bob for them at Halloween. Shrunken Sunken Punkin Dunkin'
-- Worldgineer, Jan 21 2005


Perfect for people with grotesquely enlarged pumpkins (see link).
-- robinism, Jan 22 2005


Wow! That punkin's sumthin!
-- wagster, Jan 22 2005


Why, thank you! :-)
-- robinism, Jan 22 2005


I already pointed that out, [Ian].
-- Detly, Jan 22 2005


Has anyone seen Peter's wife lately?
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 22 2005


Don't worry, she's doing fine. (We just had to go shopping for needlepoints, to beat the storm.)
-- DrCurry, Jan 22 2005


1 question. Why?
-- DesertFox, Jul 22 2005


Who? Robinism?
-- wagster, Jul 22 2005


Okay...

Formula for a bun in my mind:

Strange visual images= bun!
-- froglet, Jul 22 2005


For the answer to the question "Why?" I suppose it doesn't matter whether the pumpkin remains tiny, or if it returns to its original size - what really matters is that having deformed from big to small to big again the internals will have been squished in such a way as to make them softer, and I presume yummier for all.

I wonder what would happen to other air-happy foods such as sugar-puffs, wotsits, bread, pop-corn or aeros.
-- zen_tom, Nov 25 2008


// Why? //

Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, Had a wife and couldn't keep her; So he put her in a pumpkin shell, And there he kept her very well,
-- theGem, Nov 25 2008


//Why?//

Because.
-- DrBob, Nov 25 2008


// Because. //

I said so!
-- theGem, Nov 25 2008


The important thing is whether the pumpkin re-enlarges back to it's original size on return from the depths.

If they do, maybe you could poik a little hole in them when they're at the bottom, so the expanding air can escape as they rise.
-- Loris, Jun 20 2009



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