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How can I make a biodegradable adhesive in a paintball-like form-factor that's durable but would break if thrown. Answered

Scenario: you're riding your bike. A car cuts you off. You have a little hopper full of these balls and have the presence of mind to get one out and throw it at the car. It sticks to the car. When the driver gets home, he sees it. Inside of the clear adhesive is a laminated piece of paper or something durable with a link written on it. The driver goes to the website and reads instructions about how to be a better bike-friendly driver. They wash the adhesive off with no damage done to the car. They become more conscientious drivers.

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DrBrown
DrBrown

11 years ago

We live in age of road-rage. If he didn't care about endangering you the first time, he might be inspired to try another crack at you. If you really intend to do this, first go to your old Super-Man comics, enroll in the Charles Atlas body building program advertised in the back, and trade the ten-speed in on a Fat-Boy.

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jtobako
jtobako

11 years ago

You forget the part where the bicyclist is arrested for throwing things at cars, or is sent to the hospital because someone didn't instantly realize that the glue was temporary and beat the whosit out of them. Nice idea, but the world doesn't work that way: )

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

11 years ago

A thin paste made of cornstarch or flour can become quite sticky when cooked to translucency.

I see a few problems, though:
  • A speeding car will be long gone by the time you notice it, decide to launch the ball, get the ball out, and launch it
  • If by some chance you were successful, the driver is quite likely to whip out a cell phone (while still speeding along, of course) and call the police on you
  • It might also turn out that the driver of the car in fact is a police officer