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When you picture a widget
what is your mental image?
suzyvirtual

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Msg#: 8632 posted 3:09 am on Mar 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I always "see" widgets as being kinda like an oversized nut and bolt. About the size of a coffee can. With the nut bit being in the shape of an equilateral triangle and the whole thing being made out of lightweight but dense foam in a primary color....

 

iamlost

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Msg#: 8632 posted 4:54 am on Mar 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

The image is the song or the song is the image of any Gadget, Gizmo, Widget, etc.:

Marvelous Toy - Tom Paxton

When I was just a wee little lad Full of health and joy
My father homeward came one night And gave to me a toy
A wonder to behold it was with many colors bright
And the moment I laid eyes on it. It became my hearts delight

It went zip when it moved, bop when it stopped and whir when it stood still
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will

The first time that I picked it up I got a big surprise
For right on the bottom were two big buttons that looked like big green
eyes.
I first pushed one, then the other, then I twisted its lid
And when I put it down again, here is what it did:

It went zip when it moved, bop when it stopped and whir when it stood still
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will

It first marched left, then marched right, then marched under a chair.
And when I looked where it had gone, it wasn't even there
I started to cry, but my daddy laughed for he knew that I would find
When I looked around, my marvellous toy, just a'chugging from behind.


Leosghost

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Msg#: 8632 posted 11:41 am on Mar 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I first heard it performed by Val Doonican ( he of the "jumpers" )..always like the song ..and wanted one of the toys ..

Personally I see a "widget" as a peice of torus shaped metallic plasticene..

We did have a yorkshire terrier called "Widget" for 14 years till he died in 2000.

Hawkgirl

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Msg#: 8632 posted 1:59 pm on Mar 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I see it as the little plastic thing that holds the wedges for the game Trivial Pursuit. We called it a 'widget' in our household, and the little wedges 'wedgits'.

fidibidabah

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Msg#: 8632 posted 6:34 pm on Mar 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Honest to god?

I picture a small fuzzy white creature, much like the 'soot' creatures from Spirited Away, but with white fur. Maybe it came from somewhere else? If I can find a picture I'll post it :)

gamiziuk

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Msg#: 8632 posted 1:23 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I picture a small fuzzy white creature, much like the 'soot' creatures from Spirited Away, but with white fur. Maybe it came from somewhere else? If I can find a picture I'll post it :)

I thought that was a magwai?

garyr_h

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Msg#: 8632 posted 2:00 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think of tiny Umpa Lumpas (or however they are spelled).

graywolf

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Msg#: 8632 posted 2:12 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seems a widget is like Harry Potter bogart, different for everyone ...

Mine looks like a metalic cube about the size of a toaster.

vkaryl

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Msg#: 8632 posted 3:22 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Oh - my - gosh.... I thought I was the only one who saw widgets as the marvelous toy! I loved the songs of the "folk song era", and that was one of my very favorites.... Burl Ives maybe did it best, though even (um? Smothers Brothers?) was fun....

[Edit: HG, around here, the TP stuff is "doohickies" and the "doohicker".... and my husband refuses to play because I always win.]

vkaryl

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Msg#: 8632 posted 4:39 am on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Come to think on it s'more.... what more marvelous widget could there be than a tribble? (Heh, same era. Yup - I'm OLD.)

HelenDev

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Msg#: 8632 posted 2:19 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Isn't it something that lives at the bottom of a beer can?

digitalghost

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Msg#: 8632 posted 2:37 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

>> Isn't it something that lives at the bottom of a beer can?

I thought bad pickup lines lived at the bottom of beer cans?

I always picture that puzzle cube from the Hellraiser series but for some reason, the Jetsons always come to mind as well. Must be the cogs and sprockets thing.

sullen

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Msg#: 8632 posted 3:28 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I always picture the thing at the bottom of John Smiths beer (maybe its just a UK thing?).

Its a very boring round bit of plastic - i know because I opened a can once.

Webwork

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Msg#: 8632 posted 4:44 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wingnuts

I can't help but imagine wingnuts.

Nuts with wings, eh?

gamiziuk

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Msg#: 8632 posted 6:10 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wingnuts
I can't help but imagine wingnuts.

Nuts with wings, eh?

Don't forget, there are RIGHT wingnuts and LEFT wingnuts, but that's a discussion for another thread...

;)

TedM

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Msg#: 8632 posted 2:34 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

LOL! What a great topic! I thought everyone "knew" that a widget looked like a thingamabob!

trillianjedi

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Msg#: 8632 posted 4:13 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I thought everyone "knew" that a widget looked like a thingamabob!

You're getting mixed up - only blue widgets look like thingamabobs.

Shiny Green widgets look like silk hankerchiefs from Hong Kong.

TJ

Milamber

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Msg#: 8632 posted 7:43 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Shiny Green widgets look like silk hankerchiefs from Hong Kong.

I always thought they looked like whatyamacallits.

The red widgets on the other hand look like poofy clown noses.

grelmar

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Msg#: 8632 posted 8:41 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hmmm, well, I remember once being told that a Widget was an actual turn of the century (erm, late 1800s early 1900s) patented invention. It's the little plastic (originally metal) keeper on the end of a shoelace that keeps it from fraying.

I can't remember where I heard that, and I can't find any supporting evidence for that story.

Nonetheless, a Widget is the little keeper on the end of your shoelace that keeps it from fraying. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just wrong ;)

I reject your reality and substitute my own

lawman

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Msg#: 8632 posted 11:16 pm on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>a Widget is the little keeper on the end of your shoelace that keeps it from fraying.

aiglet
n 1: metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon.

I guess that makes an aiglet a widget.

mivox

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Msg#: 8632 posted 12:39 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a Fuzzy Blue Widget at home. *I* know exactly what it looks like.

digitalghost

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Msg#: 8632 posted 12:46 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thought about the fuzzy blue widget too, but somehow, saying "I think about Mivox's widget" while apropos, didn't seem appropriate... ;)

vkaryl

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Msg#: 8632 posted 1:19 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

*laughing* DG, you just cracked me up completely!

mivox

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Msg#: 8632 posted 1:23 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well vkaryl, if you knew what my Fuzzy Blue Widget looked like, you'd think about it too! ;)

lZakl

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Msg#: 8632 posted 1:45 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I thought a widget was the thing inside CD and DVD cases that make you look like a crook when you leave Wal-Mart by setting off the security device... huh.. go figure.

vkaryl

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Msg#: 8632 posted 5:45 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

*snicker* mivox, you just do not know how very fertile my imagination is....

httpwebwitch

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Msg#: 8632 posted 9:41 pm on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

a widget is a metal round thing with two protruding rods that swivel, and a plastic handle like a bicycle grip

mivox

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Msg#: 8632 posted 12:00 am on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

mivox, you just do not know how very fertile my imagination is....

See? You haven't even seen it, and you can't help but think about it already!

*smug*

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