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May 6th, 2009 (12:42 pm)

"But it's hard to sell strobe lights to zebras."

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Posted by: goldsquare (goldsquare)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)

Duh.

No cash, no thumbs.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)

And let's not even wonder where they'd plug them in.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)

They use treadmill-powered generators. Each zebra has their own; they get about one horsepower.

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)

If you can solve the cash flow problem, I have a marketing angle for you: anti-lion defenses. Lions hate strobe lights.

Disco balls and PA systems would be hot sellers, too.

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)

(Zebras are party animals.)

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)

That was the idea, actually: that a zebra herd, with a strobe light flashing at the right speed (which would depend on how fast they were running), would appear to be running backwards, thereby confusing the lions.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)

How about a really huge rotoscope, with the zebras on the inside?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)

Nah, lions are lousy animators.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Bird Brain

I used the wrong term, and now I can't find the right one.

A wheel with vertical slots in it, you look through one location, the wheel spins, and appears to animate still pictures pasted on the inside of the wheel. What is that?

Anyway, so you put the giant wheel around the zebras, and spin it, and the lions get confused.

Plus the giant wheel makes a great fence.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 6th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Zoetrope

A wheel with vertical slots in it, you look through one location, the wheel spins, and appears to animate still pictures pasted on the inside of the wheel.

Oh, yeah—actually, that's what I thought you meant, but I couldn't visualize it right. So I looked up "rotoscope", and then I really couldn't visualize where the zebras would go.

What is that?

Um. Kinetoscope? No. It's sort of like a Zoopraxiscope, but not quite. Here it is: Zoetrope.

Anyway, so you put the giant wheel around the zebras, and spin it, and the lions get confused.

Hmm. But you don't put the wheel around the still pictures; you attach them to the wheel. So the zebras would be on the outside of the wheel (so the lions could see them). I'm not sure zebras would care for the notion of being glued to a whirl-n-puke, with lions chasing them madly in a circle.

Alternately, the pictures can sit still while the viewer goes around them. The problem of how to glue lions to a spinning wheel is left as an exercise for the student.

Posted by: Hey You (martianfencer)
Posted at: May 7th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)

Anyway, so you put the giant wheel around the zebras, and spin it, and the lions get confused.

Lions nothin'! All you have to do is describe it, and I get confused!

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