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July/August 2010 issue

Stuck at Prom Update: Voting is over and the first place winners are... (tape roll please)

AVON, Ohio (July 28, 2010) – The results are in and after a five-week online voting period generating more than 44,000 votes, Ray Banna, 18, Chandler, Ariz., and Yancy Esquivel, 17, Gilbert, Ariz., have stuck it out to win the 10th-annual Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest, including the top $3,000 scholarship prize.

Banna and Esquivel beat out more 240 couples from 43 states and six Canadian provinces to be crowned this year’s Stuck at Prom winning couple. Banna and Esquivel each received a $3,000 scholarship and Mesquite High School, Gilbert, Ariz., was also awarded $3,000 for hosting the prom.

Designed using 30 rolls of white, black, electric blue, chrome and green Duck® tape, the winning outfits are showstoppers, featuring an intricate, original duct tape swirl pattern. Banna’s white tuxedo and electric blue vest are both accented with the signature black swirl, while Esquivel’s dress is the perfect complement with a white halter corset top and pick-up bottom that’s adorned in the duct tape design and handmade beads. Completing the ensembles are one-of-a-kind accessories, including an electric blue bow tie, boutonniere and shoes for Banna, and Esquivel’s matching purse, corsage, jewelry and hair extensions, all created out of duct tape, of course.

Banna and Esquivel weren’t the only duct tape duo to be rewarded for their creative fashions. Second place winners Brittany Moran and Rowan Ketchum, Williamson, N.Y., each received $2,000 and $2,000 for their high school, Williamson High School. Carina Epp and Susie Redekop, Leamington, Ontario, placed third, each winning a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 for United Mennonite Educational Institute, Leamington, Ontario.

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Stuck at Prom Contest, the remaining seven couples among the Top 10 finalists each received a $500 scholarship and a $500 reward was given to each school that hosted the proms.

A panel of judges narrowed all contestants down to 10 finalist couples. Entries were judged on a number of criteria, including workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories and quantity of duct tape used. The public then voted for their favorite outfits in a new five-week voting format, implemented to commemorate the contest’s 10-year milestone. Two couples with the lowest number of online votes were voted off weekly between June 18-July 26, 2010, to determine the winners.

To view all of the entries in the 2010 Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, visit

Go Vote!

Students Need Your Vote to Win Big in 10th-Annual Stuck at Prom® Contest
Duck® brand duct tape unrolls new voting format, challenges students to stick around to earn $3,000 top prize

AVON, Ohio (June 18, 2010) – For the 10th year, students snipped and stuck their way to one-of-a-kind prom fashions for a chance to win scholarship dollars in the Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest.

But, for 10 couples, the competition has only just begun! Now, these students must vie for online votes to determine which of 10 scholarship prizes – including the $3,000 top prize – they will receive. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the contest, Duck® brand duct tape has kicked off a new voting format, challenging students to earn votes to stick around. During the five-week voting period – June 18-July 26, 2010 – two couples with the lowest number of online votes weekly will be removed from the competition.

This year, more than 240 couples from 43 states and six Canadian provinces entered the contest, which challenges high school students to create and wear duct tape formalwear to prom. Below are the Top 10 Couples of 2010, chosen by a panel of judges based on the originality, workmanship, use of color, accessories and amount of duct tape used in constructing their outfits:
• Faith Mincher, 17, Caddo, Okla., and James Moore, 16, Atoka, Okla., Caney Public High School (Entry 5010)
• Brittany Moran, 17, and Rowan Ketchum, 17, Williamson, N.Y., Williamson High School (Entry 5091)
• Sara Cummings, 17, Poland, Ohio, and James Ludt, 17, Struthers, Ohio, Cardinal Mooney High School (Entry 5156)
• Briana Savage, 18, Columbus, Ohio, and Brian Jones, 18, Westerville, Ohio, Thomas Worthington High School (Entry 5163)
• Sarah Scott, 17, Stafford, N.Y., and James Kutter, 17, Corfu, N.Y., Pavilion Central School (Entry 5217)
• Yancy Esquivel, 17, Gilbert, Ariz., and Ray Banna, 18, Chandler, Ariz., Mesquite High School (Entry 5257)
• Carina Epp, 17, and Susie Redekop, 17, Leamington, Ontario, United Mennonite Educational Institute (Entry 5281)
• Haley Armstrong, 18, and Thomas Smith, 18, Rapid City, S.D., Central High School (Entry 5282)
• Robin Waggoner, 18, and Dustin Thomas, 18, Henderson, Texas, Henderson High School (Entry 5384)
• Lily Zeich, 16, and Grant Francis, 16, Orfordville, Wis., Parkview High School (Entry 5428)

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Stuck at Prom Contest, Duck® brand duct tape will reward each of the Top 10 Couples with scholarship dollars. The first place couple (earning the highest number of online votes) will receive $3,000 each and $3,000 for the high school that hosted the prom. The second place winners (earning the second highest number of online votes) will each receive $2,000 and $2,000 for the high school that hosted the prom, and the third place winners (earning the third highest number of online votes) will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 for the high school that hosted the prom. The remaining seven couples in the Top 10 will each receive a $500 scholarship and $500 for the school that hosted the prom.

To view all entries in the 2010 Stuck at Prom Contest or to vote for your favorite couple, visit Online voting is limited to one vote per valid email address per day. Winners will be announced around July 28, 2010.

Extra! Extra! This just in! Duck® Brand announces two new patterned tapes!
Check out the two cool new patterned tapes in the Duck brand duct tape line-up: Zig Zag Zebra and Spotted Leopard.
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Watch 16 minutes of our Musical - FREE

We created "Duct Tape: The Musical" with our buddies Ben There and Dan That and debuted it in our home town in May. It was a smash hit! Totally sold out and people loved it! You can see a 16 minute video of the 90-minute show at If you like what you see (and we're pretty sure you will) help us book Duct Tape: The Musical in your town, have your local theatre producer contact our agent. Thanks!

Parade of Duct Tape Floats Brought Disco Fever

Seventh-Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival boogied down with a Peace, Love, and Duck Tape® retro theme AVON, Ohio (June 19, 2010)

A time warp occurred in Avon, Ohio, over Father’s Day weekend with the Seventh-Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival, complete with a colorful parade that rolled down the streets with participants sporting peace signs, flower power and…Duck® brand duct tape. This year’s festival celebrated all things duct tape in a far-out way by taking festivalgoers on a retro rewind to the 60s, 70s and 80s with a Peace, Love, and…Duck® Tape theme.

Local businesses, organizations and more also shared the love by creating more than 25 floats featuring the sticky fix-all for the one-of-a-kind parade. A panel of judges was on site to judge the floats based on several criteria, including the amount of duct tape used, use of color and originality. The judges awarded the Collin Woodstock float the Tip Top Tape grand prize of $1,000. Five additional winners received $500 cash prizes. (winner shown on the right)

The parade wasn’t the only highlight of this year’s festivities. Throughout the weekend festivalgoers also took part in creating their own funky crafts in the craft tent, where they could try their hand at making peace signs, flowers and, of course, traditional favorites like a wallet, all with the more than 20 colors and patterns of Duck® Tape.

Psychedelic sculptures, ranging from an olive branch carried by a dove to a yellow submarine to a guitar, were spread throughout the grounds and challenged festivalgoers to complete a fun scavenger hunt to discover a hidden phrase among the 14 duct tape displays. The sculptures, created by students at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Penn., showcased the retro theme by incorporating elements that represented the 60s, 70s and 80s and brought them to life using Duck® Tape.

The fashions of yester-year – created with Duck® Tape – were also on display for festivalgoers to enjoy. Students from Virginia Marti College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Ohio, created the fabulous fashions, ranging from bell-bottoms to funky fringe dresses and vests. For more information or to view additional festival highlights, please visit
(They should have photos of this year's parade up soon!)

Cartoon du Month:

Duct Tape and the BP Oil Spill...

(above) Thanks to Dave Frykman, whose eagle eyes spotted duct tape on equipment being used in plugging/cleaning up the BP oil spill. This shot is from BP's live feed from the disaster site.

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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

Did you ever think of how many lives could have been saved if only the technology we take for granted existed in other times in history? Take sunglasses for instance. Look at how many soldiers would not have been killed if they had them in that battle where the commander said, "Don't shoot until you can see the whites of their eyes."

You know your kitchen is a mess when a guest offers to help you clean it because, "no one person could clean all this". True story.

Why should we spend all this money on the space program in an effort to find intelligent life on other planets? If they are so much more intelligent, why don't we just wait for them to find us? Of course, they may end up enslaving us and then, without our own space program, we wouldn't be able to get away. So maybe it is a good idea after all.

How come Lois Lane never got cancer from Superman looking at her all the time. Maybe he didn't always have his X-ray vision on. That's probably why.

I was going to attend an Origami club but just found out that it folded.

This global warming thing is getting so out of hand I hear that Mexican restaurants are selling methane offset credits.

So, if Al Gore actually gets a divorce, does Tipper get half of the internet?

Our neighbor complained about the weeds growing in our back yard. I may have been the only person ever to go into a Home Depot and ask for the loudest possible weed whacker and leaf blower. Naturally, the only time I could cut the weeds was when they were having a barbecue for Memorial Day.

I am constantly noticing things that remind me that I am no longer single. For example, I got an email today with the subject line "Picking up girls". It was from my wife telling me to get my daughters from school.

I went to the open house at my kid's school for my 9 and 6 year old kids. My 16 year old daughter said, "Dad, you are the kind of parent that the teacher sees and says, 'Now I know where the kid gets it'".

Every time I log on to Yahoo it asks me, "What are you doing right now?". How many times do they want me to tell them that I am checking my email?

I am normally not political in this column but this was amazing. I heard last month that the economy was getting better because more people are looking for jobs. Maybe it's just me but isn't that like saying that a guy's sex life is getting better because he is looking for women?

There is a lot to be said for having a clean, organized house. Unfortunately, there is also a lot to be done for that.

I was at a luncheon in a church and saw a sign next to some dessert bars that said, "Caution: BARS CONTAIN NUTS". They are entitled to provide guidance to their members but I thought this was a little judgmental. After all, I have been in quite a few churches that contained their share of nuts.

Dale's Website Discoveries

Here are some amazing gadgets that will surely make you wonder how anyone can live without them. funzug

I have always been an admirer of Andy Kaufman. This guy kind of reminded me of him just a little. deadspin

Finally, here is a recommendation from the mother of my lovely wife. She has recently gone on to her reward but I found this amongst her papers and thought I would share it with all of you. This is a site which, in her words, is a fun way to "play with statistics". Enjoy. gapminder

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:

Hoof Repair I was turned onto your site by a friend of mine after seeing me apply duct tape to my horses feet to create a "boot," so to speak. I see that you've already got a similar story on your HMO page, but wanted to send you a picture of what my horsey boots look like. We're using the duct tape over baby diapers to hold medication to the horses feet until they heal.
This sutff [the duct tape] works great, is durable and creates a foot ensemble with a sense of cosmic style to be envied the globe over! Not only are they easy to create, they're economical, costing around a $1.50 a pair--a savings of over $95 when compared to name brand horse slippers bought from finer tack shops.
All I have to say is thank God for duct tape!! --- Mandy G., Traverse City, MI

Movie Theatre Snack Money Saver My friends and I, being teenagers, don't have a lot of money to spend. When we go to the movies, rather than buy extremely expensive theater candy, we bring our own. The trick is to wear very baggy clothes, and then conceal the snacks (soda, candy, large bags of cheeto's) in your clothes by duct taping them to your ankles, stomach, etc. This prevents the treats from being confiscated by the evil theater guard people, and also makes for hairless ankles once the tape is removed! --- Katie G. Baldwinsville, NY

Boat Compass Light My friends and I were sailing from Annapolis to Martha's Vineyard. During the night the light in the compass failed so we used Duct Dape to attach a mini Mag light to the compass globe. Another lifesaving use for Duct Tape. --- David B.

Sledge Saver Bud Larson of San Diego, CA saved this antique sledge hammer (left) from an early demise by taping the handle. Should last another fifty to one hundred years.

Painters get seminary ready for Papal visit using Duct Tape Before selling houses, I use to be a paint salesman. One of my painting contractor customers had a job getting a local seminary library room ready for a visit by the pope. The contractor was given the task of reapplying poly urethane to the wood paneled walls. When the priest in charge of the project came by to check on the room, he was horrified to see that the room was being covered in a high gloss sheen!Not knowing what to do, the contractor called me for some help since he now had to degloss the entire room. He couldn’t sand it, because his painters might sand too far down to the wood, and then end up having to re-stain the walls, which also meant the possibility of chemically stripping them. Chemical deglossers were also out of the question at the time because of the fumes.
After a little bit of thought, I tried applying some Duct Tape to the wall, heated it, then pulled it off the wall. Lo and behold! The duct tape took off the recently applied gloss coating! I ended up selling them ten cases of Duct Tape, and prescribed a system of removing the coating. The painters would apply the tape, making a sheet of approximately 3x3, would heat it with a heat gun, allowed to cool a little, then could just rip it off the wall. It was even effective with detailed corners and carvings.
The Pope’s visit was delayed a few weeks, and I never found out whether they used that room as a reception area or not. But the duct tape caper worked out for my customer in a cost efficient way! ---Ken A.

Garage BandAid My friends and I are in a really bad garage band. One day at practice, my guitar strap started to hurt my shoulder. the solution? I took my strap, put some soft paper towels over it, and wrapped the whole thing in duct tape. Since then, I haven't had a problem with the strap at all. Plus, my strap is now waterproof. - Brady


A man comes into the ER and yells, "My wife's  going to have her baby in the cab." I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady's dress and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs - and I was in the wrong one.
Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco

At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient's anterior chest wall. 'Big breaths,'. . .  I instructed. 
'Yes, they used to be,'. . .replied the patient.  
Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle , WA

One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct. Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a 'massive internal fart..'
Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg

During a patient's two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications... "Which one ?" I asked. "The patch... The Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I'm running out of places to put it !"
I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn't see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! Now, the instructions include removal of the old  patch before applying a new one.
Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk , VA

While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, 'How long have you been bedridden?' After a look of complete confusion she answered... ' Why, not for about twenty years - when my husband was alive.'
Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson-  Corvallis , OR

I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked . . .' So how's your breakfast this morning?' ' It's very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can't seem to get used to the taste.'. . . Bob replied. I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced a foil packet labelled 'KY Jelly.'
Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit

As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB. I was quite embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams... To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly. The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing and further embarrassing me. I looked up from my work and sheepishly said... ' I'm sorry. Was I tickling you?' 
She replied with tears running down her cheeks from laughing so hard . . . 
' No doctor  but the song you were whistling was... ' I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener.' '

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