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October 13, 2007

Blast from the past: Self-coiling downspout diverter


It was strange when it first saw the light of day here back on June 6, 2005, and it's just as weird today.

Without furthur ado, then, the post.

Self–Coiling Downspout Diverter

Is it alive?

It sits — dormant, coiled and quiet.

Then it begins to rain.

Water accumulates in the gutter, then makes its way down the spout — but then the Self–Coiling Downspout Diverter comes to life.


It slowly unfurls to its full three–foot–long majesty, all the while spraying water from its otherworldly head.

Then, when the rain stops, the beast curls back up into its dormant position until nature next nurtures it.

You decide.

7.5" x 46" long.

For $9.99 you can own one.

Ambiguity is the guiding principle of the 21st century and this green, seemingly autonomous device is a fitting symbol for what we must learn to live with.


If it makes you feel better you can give it either a female or male name: it doesn't seem to have the same sort of emotions as the carbon–based wetware we normally employ as pets.

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Johnson? Ah, got it, outboard motor. Men spend ages pulling at it and wishing it were a throbbing monster while women wish it were quieter, electric and didn't smell so bad.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Oct 15, 2007 1:37:55 PM

I suppose some waggish prankster could happen along and paint it to look like his johnson.

That would be just incredibly crude, uncouth and sophomoric, wouldn't it? But it really makes me laugh. A friend told me recently that I have the mind of a twelve-year-old boy.

Well, maybe a gay twelve-year-old boy.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 13, 2007 9:06:54 PM

The holes would clog up in minutes.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Oct 13, 2007 6:17:47 PM

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