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Quotes of the Month:
" It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends $500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only $53 annually on the victims of poverty." - Martin Luther King

Soapbox presents Tim's personal opinions about issues that he feels are of importance.
It has challenging stuff to think about during your duct taping projects. If you want a dose of stuff to think about click here. If you don't want to, that's okay. Tape on! Here is a brief intro to what's in this month's SOAPBOX:

The high cost of being poor. If you are like me (an average income white middle class American), you are probably blissfully unaware of what it's like to be poor in America. (click here to get acquainted with the struggles that the poor in America are faced with on a daily basis.)

Who Killed the Electric Car? Petroleum companies continue to profit while the proven technology of Electric Cars (that go 100 miles on a charge and can go 80 mph on the freeway) is hidden away. Never buy another drop of gas again: Plug In America

Who owns the media and why is their a problem with this? A crash course in corporate control.
It's unbelievable that this ever made it to the air!
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Andy Warhol created the Rolling Stone's emblem depicting the big tongue. It first appeared on the cover of the "Sticky Fingers" album.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

Duct Tape Party Games:
Summer time is a great time to hold your own Duct Tape Olympics! Click here for our growing list of duct tape game ideas that you can play indoors or out.

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We've had several orders lately from people taking advantage of our Garage Sale section of the Duct Tape Pro Shop. Some for gifts, but several for business incentives, promotional items, and thank you gifts. If you think about it, it makes good economic sense. For instance, if you are a Realtor: Add an Ultimate Duct Tape Book to a roll of duct tape and you have the perfect little "survival kit" for new homeowners. With prices at less than 50% of retail, you can give a gift that gives big for just a little bit of cash. Check out what's in the Garage today and get your marketing and public relations wheels turning!

Music to duct tape by:
Music that we dig for one reason or another. You can also check out our duct tape-specific music offerings by clicking to our Music area.

This month:
Pandora is like having your own radio station programmed to your musical tastes. Just enter in the name of a favorite band, song, composer - and the station will automatically program similar music. You will acquaint yourself with new musicians and be able to purchase anything that you happen to like on the spot.

You asked for it - You got it! We've just launced some cool, designer black t-shirts with duct tape pro grunge designs and our popular "Will Duct Tape for Food". Just click to the Duct Tape Pro Shop to pick one up today. Watch for new black shirt designs, soon. Click the image on the left to go directly to our Duct Tape Pro Shop Apparel section.

August 2006

Duct Tape Poetry
We got a pretty good response to our launch of our Duct Tape Poetry page. We think there might be more of you closet poets out there that could contribute, too. Remember that you can get a free bumpersticker for sending in a poem that we deem suitable for our web page - and they may end up in one of our calendars or books. To indicate just how low we've set our standards, we'd like to present here, for your poetic pleasure, a poem by Jim:

It's sticky and gray
We use it every day
You don't plug it in
Just rip it and grin

Rocket science... no siree
Don't need no PhD
Yet it saved NASA twice
Thanks duct tape - you're nice
So, there's the challenge. Random winners from the best entries will recieve a free duct tape book and/or Duct Tape Pro Pin and/or Bumper Sticker (include your correct mailing address with your entry so we can get stuff if you win (no, we won't bug you with advertisements or sell your information). The DEADLINE IS JULY 31st for entries that wish to be considered for inclusion in our 2008

See? You can beat that, right? Click to our Duct Tape Poetry page

Prom voting is in!

AVON, Ohio (July 11, 2006) – When the creative flair of a young artist is combined with the adhesion of dad’s favorite fix-all, you sometimes end up with a sticky – yet lucrative – situation. For Connecticut high school students, Holly Nelson and Bing Xu, it meant a $6,000 scholarship won by creating and wearing duct tape duds to their high school prom.

Holly Nelson, 17, of Willington, Conn., and Bing Xu, 18, of Ashford, Conn., were named winners of the 2006 Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest, and each was awarded a $3,000 college scholarship. Nelson and Xu designed, created and wore their artistic duct tape attire to the Edwin O. Smith High School prom this spring, and entered the sixth annual Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest.

Nelson and Xu, dressed from head to toe in duct tape, outdid 232 couples from 48 states and three Canadian provinces. For five years, Nelson has followed the contest, collecting ideas and dreaming of her senior prom. As a senior, Nelson convinced her independent study teacher on the idea of devoting her final semester to designing her duct tape prom outfit and entering the contest. With a little coaxing, Xu was on board.

The duo’s original and artistic creation was the result of five months of hard work, including more than 230 individual designs, countless hours after school and more than 25 rolls of Duck® brand duct tape, ranging in color from black and red to purple and fluorescent green. Inspired by a fascination with traditional Cambodian court dance attire, Nelson’s dress combined color, texture and design with her creative imagination. The ensemble was highlighted by a unique embroidery pattern at the base of the bodice, which was created from a colorful combination of rolled “threads” of duct tape.

Nelson knew her outfit would not be complete without accessorizes. Hers included a stylish yellow headdress, a choker necklace and purse. Not to be out-done, Xu matched his date’s creativity with a sleek black suit that included a textured cross-over jacket with a broad shoulder design and traditional black pants – both decorated with a unique embroidery pattern complementing his date’s.

After all their hard work and determination, the couple was relieved when the night was over. They said the outfits were extremely hot and heavy, and given time to reflect, they would have added ventilation holes to Xu’s suit. But, the attention they received at the dance and the time they spent together made it all worthwhile. “We had a blast at prom, and the feeling afterwards was exhilarating,” said Xu.

Beyond being a focal point at prom, Nelson was also crowned prom queen. This is the first Stuck at Prom Winner to also capture this title at prom.

“I couldn’t believe the attention we got, and I was so excited when they called my name for prom queen,” exclaimed Nelson. “Without the encouragement of our art teacher, Anne Lorche, this would never have been possible,” she continued, reflecting upon her experience.

In addition to Nelson’s and Xu’s scholarships, Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc., marketer of Duck® brand duct tape, awarded $3,000 to Edwin O. Smith High School for hosting the prom. Second place winners, Nellie Lutz and Nicholas Venteicher, of Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, Mont., received $2,000 scholarships and $2,000 for their school; and third place winners, Laura Turley and Matt Ellis of Cortez High School, Phoenix, Ariz., won $1,000 scholarships and $1,000 for their school.

Henkel Consumer Adhesives also awarded 10 “Best in Class” Awards to the couples earning the most votes during a one-week period of online-voting: Claire Luikart and Travis Braud, Baton Rouge, La., for Most Likely to be a History Major; Karli Johnson and Erik Fincher, Sherrard, Ill., for Most Likely to be a Rock Star; Elyse Dinnocenzo and Craig Noort, Lansing, Ill., for Most Likely to be Class Clown; Felicia Bode and Jessica VanNostran, North Royalton, Ohio, for Most Likely to be Seen from Space; Samantha Sletten and Troy Gion, Hebron, N.D., for Most Likely to Bring Back the 80s; Daniel Leake and Chelsi Farney, Sterling, Kan., for Most Likely to Have had Help from Mom; Steven Vattolo and Farren Crisafulli, Richmond Hill, Ontario, for Most Likely to Have Made their Outfits the Night Before Prom; Brent Schinkel and Michelle Schinkel, London, Ontario, for Most Likely to Have NOT Heard of Colored Duct Tape; Quenton Jones and Lindsey Slater, Plain City, Utah, for Most Likely to Recycle their Prom Outfit for Halloween; and Steven Lancaster and Jennifer Leal, San Antonio, Texas, for Most Likely to Stop Traffic. Each member of the winning couples received a $200 prize.

“Even after six years, the imagination and originality students use in constructing their prom outfits continues to amaze me,” said Michelle Heffner, digital communications manager for Henkel Consumer Adhesives. “We’ve even started to notice several couples participating from the same high school. It’s encouraging to see faculty and high schools supporting these students’ creativity.”

To view all of the entries in the 2006 Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest, as well as for rules and other information, visit

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

Is there some unwritten rule that says, "Any toy likely to be given as a birthday present has to have at least ten thousand small pieces, be stickier than whatever holds the tiles onto the space shuttle, require adult supervision and/or a stove, or contain something really foul smelling or a watermelon or cherry-flavored base."?

Speaking of toys for kids, I have come to realize that "some assembly required" is kind of like saying that marriage "requires some compromise."

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?

I went to one of those warehouse stores and bought a big box of food containers. You know, those plastic tubs with the lids that hold leftovers? Anyway, this box was HUGE. It had small sizes, sandwich shaped sizes, quart sizes, deep dishes, there was nothing this didn't have. There were 46 pieces in this set. It filled a whole cupboard. The thing that surprised me was that it was labeled a "starter set". I can't wait to get the rest.

Dale's Website Discovery of the Month:
I have always been fascinated by ingenious designs for small spaces. I love boat interiors and train compartments, etc. In fact, as you are reading this there is a very good chance my lovely wife and I are traveling with our children across the country in a camper type van. Talk about your small spaces!! But I digress. Here is a site that was made for a Mobile Living exhibit that took place awhile ago. You might have to spend some time poking around in the "participant" area (if you are the type of person who reads this column regularly then I assume that should not be a problem) but I think that you will find the payoff worth it.
And, while we are on the subject, here are some sites about very cool, small houses:

Is there duct tape involved? Probably.

Meet us at The 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:

Stan's Bike Seat Repair "Heck, it's a great seat, why replace it?" Just add more duct tape - and if the weather gets too hot and the tape starts oozing, just put a plastic food storage bag over the seat to conceal the ooze.

Most Sacred Use of Duct Tape
During a painting project of our church, which turned into a total renovation (roof, plastering, electrical, lights, reopening windows that had been bricked off, carpeting, flooring, and of course painting) we also did some maintenance on the organ. The weak blower motor was rebuilt so that it put out more air (after all, more is better)
However, the project lasted about 6 months and the bellows became very brittle. With the increased air flow, they blew out when we were
testing the organ on the day before the rededication. Duct tape saved the day, until the bellows could be releathered.

Mouse Rescue and Box Taming I tried to rescue a baby mouse from our septic tank well, thankfully the well was dry. I placed the tape rolled on the end of a yard stick and lowered it into the well, carefully touching the "gray duct tape" to the baby mouse and pulling him up slowly to safety. My cat was very impressed with my skill, however, the size of the mouse and the stickiness of the tape was not the best solution for the baby mouse. It took about an hour to cut the wad of tape off his fuzzy little body. Out the my backyard there is a mouse with a small patch of tape protecting it from the rain, bluejays and, of course, my cat. The pictures I have attached are some helpful hints on how to tame wild boxes for the garbage man and the second picture is how to patch the "mouse hole" in the basement. - Kate Hughes

Airplane Repair
I am a pilot and used to fly regularly. I was exiting my tie down at Dulles and since just getting from the tie down to the run way is the most difficult navigating I am going to do for the whole trip I have my airport map out and am watching it more than I should have. I clip the nose of a parked Piper Chieftain. I am only about 2" into the nose, but that is enough to take out their weather radar antenna/dish. I tear off the plastic ends to my wing.

Long story short, I leave my aircraft at Dulles to be repaired and fly home. When I get back I call the guys who owned the aircraft I hit to be sure my insurance company had contacted them. I asked they what it cost to get it fixed. When they told me I was surprised. FBOs at airports like Dulles are not close to reasonable - their cost of repair was damn reasonable. They said that was because the duct taped the nose and flew it back to TEXAS!!! - Dave S., New Albany, IN

Spare Tape Storage
(left) Being an avid outdoors enthusiast, Deanna of Bayfield, WI stores extra duct tape on her water bottle for those little emergencies which always seem to spring up.

No-Slip Ramps
When I went to repair my son's lawn tractor, I had to raise the front end, so I decided to roll it up on some car ramps. Unfortunately the ramps were not new and the rubber feet on the bottom of the ramps had disappeared, so when I went to push the tractor onto the ramps, the ramps just slid forward. Solution: I used duct tape and taped the leading edge of the ramp to the concrete garage floor to hold them in place while I pushed the tractor up the ramp. Worked great! - George J.

Make that case to go... Duct tape makes a great beer/pop case sealer and handle for easy transport to and from parties, tailgating, picnics, etc..

And where are you going to throw away your empties? How about in this lovely duct tape coated collapsable trash container? The leaking beer won't bust through the bottom of this beauty!


Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.

If you're afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there.

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.

The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors.

If it ain't broke, try changing your grip.

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot.

A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents' luck.

It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt... for a 10.

Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut.

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts.

It's not a gimme if you're still away.

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.

There are two kinds of bounces; unfair bounces and bounces just the way you meant to play it.

You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two-inch branch 90% of the time.

If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.

When you look up, causing an awful shot , you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again.

Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.

If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.

There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.

Hazards attract, fairways repel.

You can put a draw on the ball, you can put a fade on the ball, but no golfer can put a straight on the ball.

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint.

It's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard.

Sometimes it seems as though your cup moveth over.

One good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot.

A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you are....

That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work.

If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life.

Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week.

A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there.

It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps.

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).

You probably wouldn't look good in a green jacket anyway! A sweatshirt will do just fine.

It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don't get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing brain surgery.

Click here to listen to the Duct Tape Guys early radio bits, "Duct Tape Talk".

Yo Ho Ho and a Roll of Duct Tape!
Check out these guys from upstate New York - the Box Busters who used to show their duct tape construction finesse only during the Utica Snowfari - but traded in their snow suits for pirate outfits and now take to the river in their duct tape pirate ship. More in our Duct Tape Art Gallery.

If you spot duct tape being used to hold something together - snap a photo and send it to us. We'll add it to our Duct Tape Sightings pages. Make sure you tell us where the shot was taken! Random entries will be chosen for use in our books and calendars. See our submissions page for complete information.

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May the Tape be with you!
- Jim and Tim - The Duct Tape Guys

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Tim (left), Jim (other left).