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Old 07-08-2012, 03:14 AM   #1
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So, as I understand it, the thing about collectables is that you can't actually open the packaging to read the comic or play with the toy or whatever, because if you did that then they are no longer in mint condition and therefore not collectable. And these collectables, particularly toys such as action figures include special variants that are basically the regular version with a minor cosmetic difference such as a slightly different paint job, to artificially create a much rarer collectable at minimal extra cost.

For this market I have now created the ultimate collectible: Shrödinger's Cat Toy.

For those that are unaware, Schrödinger's cat is a seemingly paradoxical theoretical experiment devised by Erwin Schrödinger. The experiment proposes that a cat be placed in a sealed box. Within the box is a device that will kill the cat (such as a canister of poison gas) which is attached to a trigger that will operate randomly with a 50% chance of going off in the space of one hour. According to quantum theory, at the end of one hour the cat is both alive and dead until the box is opened and the result observed. Thus the observer becomes an integral part of the experiment.

The simplicity of the Cat Toy lies in its collectability. Ninety nine out of one hundred Shroedinger's Cat Toy boxes are empty. Only the hundredth contains the actual toy. But the packaging is constructed so that it is impossible to tell the difference between the one containing the actual toy and one without, as they are exactly the same in size and weight. The packaging is also tamper-resistant, constructed so that the only way to open the box to find out whether it contains the toy will destroy the packaging beyond repair.

Thus, it is impossible to ever know whether you have the ultra-rare genuine Cat Toy or not without opening the box. If you open the box, then it is no longer in collectable condition, and therefore worthless regardless of whether it contains the toy or not. And so according to Schrödinger's theory this therefore means that every box simultaneously contains the toy and doesn't contain the toy.

It's a quantum collectable. It'll drive collectors insane.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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Shouldn't every other box contain the toy, rather than 1%?
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Shouldn't every other box contain the toy, rather than 1%?
You can't know. If Schrodinger had 100 boxes following the same setup it doesn't necessarily mean 50 will be dead and 50 will be alive.

What does matter is that no one can know which box has the toy.

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Sounds like a fun collectable.
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Wouldn't they all be dead cats within roughly 2 weeks of assembly?
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Maybe, but how would one know?
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This is awesome. I'd buy one.
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If only Joe would just put his mind towards something productive (instead of Miatas and cats), then we might have time travel by now.
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thread solution:

if your chances are 1 in 100 of getting the actual cat toy, then I suggest you buy at least 100, preferably 500 so that you increase your chances of getting at least one with the toy in it. then you keep all of them together and profit off the probability increasing that you have at least one.
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I took a dowel from y8s basement and tied a string to it. it's my cat's favorite toy.
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Wouldn't they all be dead cats within roughly 2 weeks of assembly?
No, no. The box does not contain a cat, it contains a cat toy. A toy for a cat. ie: a rubber mouse that squeaks when you squeeze it.


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If only Joe would just put his mind towards something productive (instead of Miatas and cats), then we might have time travel by now.
Ha.

Honestly, I'm not that smart. I just write a lot of words and occasionally touch things with a soldering iron.
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...occasionally touch things with a soldering iron.
This is why you cant teach you childern code words for your private parts. If the judge asks you where Joe Perez touched you and you say "my soldering iron," it simply wont hold up in court.
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...occasionally touch things with a soldering iron.
you've gotten flux on your genitals, don't lie
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you've gotten flux on your genitals, don't lie

the great thing is, it cools off before it hits them and the beads just bounce off onto the floor.
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