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May/June 2010 issue

How to improve your grade using Duct Tape.

We often get requests from students asking if they can use information on our web site for school reports about duct tape! SURE THING! That's why we posted all of the information at Duct Tape 101. And, right on our front page, it says that you can use stuff - just credit "" as your source.

We don't do personal interviews for school papers, but you should find all of the answers you'd ever get from us in our media area's press releases. You can use photos on our site as well - but since many of them have been sent to us with permission for alone to use them - just don't publish (for sale) anything you lift from the site and you should be okay.

Got it? Go for it! Nothing like duct tape to help you get that "A!"

Make a duct tape rose bouquet for mom!

Duck brand has some really cool, easy-to-follow instructional videos showing how to make stuff with duct tape. We thought that since it's Mother's Day this month, "How to make Duck Tape Roses" would be a good video to show you.

So go grab your duct tape (Duck brand has over 20 colors to choose from) and Let Christie show you how! Click here to watch.

You can get colored Duck tape a number of locations. Target Stores even have some special patterns made just for them! Use Duck brand's STORE LOCATOR to find a store that stocks Duck brand Tape near you.

Coming this month: Duct Tape: The Musical

Jim and I are hooking up with our musical buddies Ben and Dan (of Ben There, Dan That) and crafting a 90-minute stage show that combines music with our "breathtakingly stupid" duct tape comedy act. The results will premiere in our home town of Sturgeon Bay, WI on May 15th at the Third Avenue Playhouse.

If you are anywhere in the midwest - it might be worth your time to make the trip for this Off, Off, Off Broadway premiere. We have 250 rolls of duct tape compliments of Duck brand to give away to the first 250 people through the door. AND we'll be giving away a complete set of our SEVEN BOOK Duct Tape Library to the best Duct Tape Apparel to show up at the event.

For lodging in Sturgeon Bay, we suggest the Holiday Motel - a really cool retro (but totally redone) 1950s motel. Click to for reservation information.

To book the Duct Tape: The Musical in your town, have your local theatre producer contact our agent.

We're on Facebook

We're just as much into the "social networking" thing as the next guy - and would rather you get on our email list where you get notices of special sales, duct tape product news, our newsletter, etc. But, if you are totally into facebook, we'll meet you there, too. Just click on the link on the left and we'll "friend" the heck outta ya!

Speaking of Facebook...

Duck® brand duct tape celebrates reaching one million fans on Facebook

Everyone says there are a million and one uses for duct tape. So why not give the fans of Duck Tape® on Facebook® ( another million reasons to love their favorite crafty, handy fix-all? We’ve reached a milestone in the world of fan pages on Facebook: One Million Fans. So, we’re doing something special to celebrate. We’re giving away one million inches of Duck® brand duct tape in the Duck Tape® One Million Sweepstakes. Fans of Duck Tape® can win one of 100 Duck® brand duct tape prize packs, featuring a selection of colored duct tape from the Duck® brand palette of more than 20 colors and patterns. Additionally, fans are eligible to receive a $1 off coupon toward any roll of Duck®b brand duct tape.

The Duck Tape® page on Facebook gives fans the opportunity to show off their own duct tape creations, talk with other duct tape fans and participate in opportunities to choose the newest colors and patterns in the Duck® brand duct tape line-up. The sweepstakes starts April 26, 2010, and ends on May 24, 2010. Winners will be announced around June 7, 2010. For official rules and sweepstakes information, check out the Duck Tape® page on Facebook, and while you’re there, become a fan. You just could be one of 100 winners of the Duck® brand duct tape prize pack and learn a few sticky tricks along the

Enter the SWEEPSTAKES HERE - and get your $1 off Duck Tape Coupon!

Newsreel documents the History of Duct Tape

Part of Duct Tape the Musical is a short "newsreel" documenting the history of duct tape. Lots of people ask us who invented duct tape, and when was it invented. Well, now you don't have to ask - (Jim's answer never is that concise - nor truthful for that matter - anyway. Just click the image on the right to watch the film.

Reminder to send in your prom outfit photos!
You could win a college scholarship!
Contest started March 1st!
New, expanded prizes on this, the 10th Anniversary of the Contest!

The perfect prom night requires a few essentials: the venue, the music, the friends and the hair. While these may change, there is one key item to bring to prom that has remained the same from year to year: style. Students seek the outfit that will “stick” out and leave a memorable impression on their peers – and, for the past decade, one familiar fix-all has helped many do just that: duct tape.

Ten years ago, Duck Tape® brand duct tape launched the Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest, which challenges high school students from the United States and Canada to create and accessorize prom outfits that are unique, beautiful and made out of duct tape. It is a prime opportunity for high school students to make a lasting impression at their proms and possibly earn some much-needed scholarship money for college. Since its inception in 2001, more than 5,500 students have participated in the contest and more than $80,000 has been awarded in scholarship money.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Stuck at Prom Contest, the top 10 couples chosen will each receive scholarship money: first place will receive $3,000 each and $3,000 for the school that hosted their prom, second place will receive $2,000 each and $2,000 for their school, third place will receive $1,000 each and $1,000 for their school, and the remaining seven finalist couples will receive $500 each and $500 for their school.

The 10 finalist couples will be chosen from all contest entries by a panel of judges based on workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories and quantity of duct tape used to create their prom attire.  These couples will then compete during a period of online public voting to earn the top scholarship prize.  However, staying in the race could prove a bit tricky. In a new voting format, the top 10 couples will be “voted off” based on lowest number of overall online votes.Students interested in participating can go to for official contest rules, important contest dates and a registration form. The contest, sponsored by ShurTech Brands, LLC, marketers of Duck Tape brand duct tape, started on March 1, 2010.

The Duct Tape Store has moved...
We moved our Duct Tape Pro Shop to Octane Street. In an effort to update our stores and get them to a place where more people can find them, we moved them to Octane Street. Here you can still purchase our books (in the bookstore) and Duct Tape apparel (in the Humor Apparel Store). There's also a storefront for the Duct Tape Guys. Check it out and click around Octane Street - you just might discover some other humorous creations from Tim and company while you are there.

Dale's Discoveries
(A feature that will be showcasing weird stuff that our friend Dale comes up with.) Visit Dale's TallToysTroupe site

Well, it is a very hectic time here at our abode so I am doing a "best of" column this month. Since there are so many new readers, I bet many of these are new to you. If you have seen them before, you can enjoy them again or just get on with your life. The choice is yours. I even put one new one in there for you observant types. There is no website discovery this month but I put in more "discoveries" than normal to make up for it. Enjoy. - Dale

I have a friend who was 37 years old and living in his parent's basement. He decided he had had enough and so he got married, bought a house and had kids. Now he is living in his wife's basement.

If a goldfish will really grow to the size of its container, what would happen if you released some into one of the Great Lakes?

My lovely wife bought some honey that came in a plastic container which was shaped like a bear. When my kids asked why they would put honey in something shaped like a bear she explained that was because bears eat honey. Well, if they followed that kind of logic with other things then shouldn't donuts be shaped like cops?

Ed Note: Yeah, or maybe beer bottles should be shaped like the Duct Tape Guys.

My friend, Pat, informs me that, in England, they are test marketing a product called "Pringles Gourmet". (You could all probably just make up your own joke right here and skip ahead). I kid you not. It's true. I checked. In fact, one of the exotic flavors they have is "Sea Salt and Black Pepper". Well, I suppose that, if you buy the premise that reformulated potato bits could ever be labeled "Gourmet" then you would probably have no trouble thinking of salt and pepper as gourmet spices.

I saw a pawn shop that was having a grand opening. How does that work? Does the owner just bring stuff from home?

I heard an ad on the radio for a gourmet buffet brunch. They were telling about the expertise of their executive chef and describing all the superb entrees. Then they mentioned the price and it was indeed expensive. One thing they said, though, was that children under 5 were free. Immediately I thought of what a great place that would be to have my son's fourth birthday party.

So I had this thought over Easter: Is it sacrilegious to make deviled eggs with eggs that you get from the Easter Bunny?

If you went to the gift shop of a nudist colony, could you buy a souvenir T-shirt?

Speaking of T-shirts, I saw a website that was selling Anti-capitalist T-shirts. I always did love irony.

When I come home with food and want to eat something, I can get something that I just bought at the store, open it and eat it. When my wife comes home with food and I want to eat something, I have to open it, wash it, peel it, cut it up, soak it overnite, boil it for three hours, combine it with other ingredients, bake it for two hours then let it cool before I can eat it.

I heard an ad for a certain mattress that said it was the only mattress recognized by NASA. So what does this mean? If I were to go to NASA and show them another type of mattress, would they not know what it was? I don't know about you, but that doesn't really instill a lot of confidence in me. These people are putting people into space, you would think they know what a mattress is!

And, speaking of tiles on the space shuttle - why doesn't NASA hook up with the company that makes the glue used on price tags?

Jim and Tim's Cool Website Finds

TED Talks are always cool and educational. Here's a recent talk by a designer that redid the interior of Airstream trailers.

Meet us at The Duct Tape Diner. We’ve had some great stories over the counter at the Duct Tape Diner recently. If you haven’t yet read the Diner contributions, stop by! This is where we invite our visitors to share their own duct tape stories. Just like these people did:

Bug Repair While on the way home from a very long trip in my groovin' '72 Beetle, I noticed some very nasty sounds coming from my backwards engine. Upon further examination when I pulled off the road, I soon realized that my air coolant hose had ruptured! Since we all know that fine German engineering allows only for air cooling of the engine in old beetles,
you can understand why I had a dillema on my hands. In my despair, I turned and noticed a slight metallic glint in my backseat. And behold, it was my salvation! But alas, the metallic glint was not only a roll of precious duct tape, but a gag-gift Slinky I had recieved from a friend just days before. So, in just 15 minutes, I rebuilt the air hose by stretching out the slinky slightly, and wrapping duct tape around the rings. IT WAS A PERFECT FIT!! And although I must admit I had my doubts whether or not it would hold the forty miles I still had to get home, it held beautifully. As a matter of fact, I so so impressed with its performance, I didn't bother fixing it for another two days of driving to and from work. I will never doubt duct tape again. This sealed my affection. --- Patrick Walters

Year around Ice Fishing? Avid ice fishermen can fish all year long by building a wooden frame out of 2x4s (size to be determined by user), then cover it with overlapping strips of duct tape. Cut a hole (8" or 10" work best) in the center, and you're ready to set your tip-up. Also, my dad had a 1967 Cadillac convertible that had the whole top covered in duct tape. It was both attractive and functional, not to mention much cheaper than a new top.--- Barry Vogel
Radiator Patch I had an '86 special edition Camaro. I cracked up the front end leaving the radiator support looking like this ^ and the radiator looking like this ). in order to fit a new radiator in i had to rip out the old support and make one out of heat proof Duct Tape! it passed two inspections since and is holding fine.--- gregg colman manchester NH
Duct Tape Audio Engineer I've got a pair of Advent Speakers manufactured in 1974. Recently the light rubber moulding that holds and centers the bass speakers disintegrated. Replacement speakers would be about $1000. So I took duct tape and piece by piece replaced the moulding. The duct tape is flexible and the sound quality is as good as ever!! --- Mike Cecile, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Duct Tape Crotch Fix Before I was married, I had a pair of hunting pants that the crotch ripped out of. Since I didn't have a wife to sew them I figured that I could do it. Well, every time I lifted my leg to get in the truck, the thread would rip out. Let me think, what else could I possibly use, hmmm...... Duct Tape! I am married now and still wearing my duct-taped-crotch pants, much to my wife's disliking,...and my washing machine's disliking. But hey, they are 'lucky'! "If you can't fix it, duck it!" --- Brian Jarrett of Erie, Pennsylvania
Home Made Pool When I was a kid, there was an especially hot week in summer. Too hot to do anything outside except swim. I made a pool out of four lawn chairs, some 2X6 boards, a role of black landscaping plastic. The whole thing was held together with the most useful tool of all, duct tape. My brother and I spent those hot summer days relaxing and playing in our pool. The pool was about 10'X15', and was 3' deep. Very large for a couple of little kids, and a whole lot cheeper than a store bought pool. --- Thomas Dryden Jr. We have a neighbor that made almost the identical contraption for his beer cooler. --- Jim and Tim

Brace Yourself For Some Really BAD Puns...

A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
A will is a dead giveaway.
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
A backward poet writes inverse.
A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.
You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
A calendar's days are numbered. 
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.
Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
Acupuncture: a jab well done.
Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.
The roundest knight at king Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said 'No change yet.'
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
Don't join dangerous cults: practice safe sects.

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And remember, when it comes time to buy our BOOKS - including the WD-40 Book and the entire Duct Tape genre for your dad, grandpa... friends and relatives (or yourself) there's no better place than the Pro Shop - that's because we autograph everything that we ship. And, we've got GREAT deals that you won't find anywhere else - in the world! So stop by the Duct Tape Pro Shop and see what's in store for you! Thanks for your patronage! - The Duct Tape Guys

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