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elefuntier
 USA
Toys, pets & children Printer Friendly Version
What parent can resist the pleadings of their children? And what do children want the most - toys and pets. A combination toy store/pet store - now if that wouldn't bring in children (& their parents with the cash), I don't know what would. Of course, the pets could only be obtained from reliable, known breeders - no "puppy mills." Also offered could be obedience classes, bicycle safety, "me & my dolly" tea parties, etc.
If this is already being done somewhere, at least it proves I'm not nuts (well - not totally).
Reward: Acknowledgment from the outside world to prove to my family that just perhaps one of my "crackpot" ideas isn't so crackpot after all. 

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billyo
 USA
Common Sense Shipping Printer Friendly Version
Every day we see hundreds of big trucks on the road going in opposite directions. You just know that many of them are hauling the same cargo - one hauling it out of an area, and another hauling it into the same area. (In my area, every time I see a truck load of coal heading north passing another headed south, I always think that it is just insane...)
What if there was a service that would connect the person that was just getting ready to load a truck with apples to ship 300 miles down the road with the person 50 miles away that was ready to order a truckload of apples from 300 miles away? I know at first glance it looks like the truckers would loose, but I truly think that there's plenty of other things just waiting to be shipped to fill the void...)
With today's computer & internet technology, such a system should be workable. It could perhaps be set up as a registry where vendors, purchasers, & transporters could post regularly and someone with a clear mind could make the connections for everyone.
Reward: Do the right thing if you get rich. 

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treadair
 USA
Six Degrees of Computation Printer Friendly Version
This idea would require a simple computer program that displayed a screen asking 3 questions -
1. What equation/formula are you interested in?
2. What constant do you want replaced?
3. How many degrees of separation do you want?
After you answer the questions the program would search a database that had been pre-loaded with as many standard equations / formulae as possible (engineering books are full of them) looking for ones that said the chosen constant equaled something else. The first equation it found would then be used as a replacement value in the formula you chose. This is the first degree of separation. Next, each constant in the replacement value would be substituted with equivalent equations found for them. The second degree of separation. The process would continue until you got the number of degrees of separation you asked for and then the result would be displayed. Some new and surprising connections will be sure to come up because the program will be acting like a divergent thinker (someone who can take two ideas from seemingly unconnected disciplines to form a new idea).
The following two rules would have to be enforced in order to make this program work -
1. Each constant must always mean the same thing: m=mass, c=speed of light, etc.
2. No replacement formula could have a constant that was used in a previous formula (to prevent recursive logic).

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