A Few Weird Inflatables

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I’ve talked about the weird inflatables all over the world, from inflatable rats in Washington, D.C. to the inflatable tanks in Russia, and this week’s entry will expose a few more strange inflatable items. Most weeks, an internet search for inflatables will show you news stories that aren’t too interesting – this was not one of those weeks. Here are the stories I found:

A new product has been introduced to the market unlike anything I’ve ever seen or thought of before – an inflatable banana protector. Wired Magazine’s Geekdad column has a post about a British company called Fruity Faces, which makes inflatable holders for various types of fruit:

“It will protect the delicate softness of every kid’s favourite fruit on the long and arduous journey to school and keep it safe until lunchtime. And if bananas aren’t their thing, then there are various designs of inflatables perfectly suited to apples, oranges and all kinds of round fruit. The colorful design [sic] include monsters, footballs and animals and they all have a handy key-fob clip to hook them onto schoolbags.”

The project was originally conceived and funded by the inventors’ entry into Dragon’s Den, a popular BBC show where entrepreneurs pitch product ideas to potential investors.
Moving in a totally anti-school direction brings us to Roger Waters, bassist and songwriter for classic rock band Pink Floyd. Waters, who penned the band’s The Wall record, has taken the album back on tour, with a whole slew of new technology and visuals, including inflatables. Of course, Waters’ custom inflatables are not made to protect fruit, according to a story in The Palm Beach Post:

“From the plane crashing into the Wall in the opener and the monstrous inflatable Teacher that the performers from Dillard High School’s Performing Arts classes taunt and sing along with Waters on stage to the song “Teacher”, the show is a constant assault on the senses. There are other inflatables and the giant flying pig just adds to the statements Waters’ The Wall makes about society.”

We don’t need no education indeed.

Image via Reuters


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