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Quotes of the month:
"Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house." - Steven Seagal

In times like these... "it helps to recall there have always been times like these." - Paul Harvey

Thanks to Liggett • Stashower Public Relations for some of our quotes and trivia.

Soapbox: I know that many of you think that mixing politics (and/or religion) with business is tricky business and not advisable (two of you have taken time to write and remind me of that). However, being a person of faith, and a citizen who wants the best for our country (and our service men and women), I feel that this election is quite possibly the most important election of our lifetime and more than ever can have positive or negative effects on our world. If you are of voting age, please - PLEASE - get informed and VOTE! Our future and the future of our children depends on our thoughtful vote this November 2nd. - Tim

Trivia: Watermelons are related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash and have more than 1,200 varities. The first recorded watermelon harvest was some 5,000 years ago in Egypt. The first recorded watermelon toss was one thrown at Roman orator Demosthenes during a debate. Duct tape can be used to create a nifty one-handed carrying handle for a watermelon.

Deal of the Month
Buy The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book from us online and we'll throw in a copy of Duct Tape Book Three AND Jerry Atrick's Truss Wars book with your purchase if you order using this special link (for our newsletter readers only).

October 2004 (Boo!)

It's time to create your duct tape Halloween costume!
Jim and I are huge fans of Halloween! (It's the only time of year that people don't look at us and think that we're dressed funny.) No matter what your age, you can have fun in a costume (actually, anytime of the year). A costume puts a little distance between you and reality, helps shy people come out of their shell, and gets you to "let your hair down" and have a good time (no medications required).

It's in this vein that we've created "The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book" - you can get a preview of the book here and buy the book online here. But WAIT! We'll throw in a copy of Duct Tape Book Three AND Jerry Atrick's Truss Wars book with your purchase if you order using this special link (for our newsletter readers only).

On the left, you see Jim as a Chia Pet. This simple costume is achieved by duct taping yourself (sticky-side out) and rolling around on a freshly mowed lawn (or apply "easter grass" if you don't have a lawn).

Okay, now, let's see some of the costumes created by our visitors. Below you see Greg looking a LOT like Beetlejuice and Heather showing off her figure in this large reproduction of a Rubik's Cube. Note Heather's duct taped trick or treat bag.

See more original duct tape costumes - click here.

for more Halloween ideas - click the banner above.

Hurricane Information
Just like earthquakes, hurricanes, too, have force measurement scales. It's called the Saffir-Simpson Scale (no relation to Homer or Bart). This scale measures the damage potential of a hurricane, then assigns it one of five levels. The scale considers wind velocity, barometric pressure and tital surge.

Only three hurricanes touching the U.S. have been classified Category 5: Mitch (2000), Camille (1969) and a storm in 1935 in the Florida Keys (before they named hurricanes. Hurricane Andrew, initially was classified a category 4, and was upgraded to a 5 in 2002, ten years after it caused $27 billion dollars worth of damage and killed 61 people.

Duct tape is an important tool in preparing for a hurricane. One Florida resident saw water leaking in around his sliding glass door so he put a duct tape seal around the door. The hurricane proceeded to take off the roof of his house, but his door was still in place. Duct tape - the ultimate hurricane damage control tool!

The Mystery Photo Since we have posted this photo three or four years ago, we've had at least five people tell us that we have the wrong location on the photo. They say that they know because, that's them standing in the photo next to the gator (this was FIVE different people telling us that was them). We originally got this photo from a newspaper that said the photo was from Texas (near Galveston). We have gotten word from two people that it's in Orlando, FL. We've been told that it's the Florida Power and Light company putting in the pipe. And at least two more stories and companies.

So, we are throwing this photo out for positive identification, and also making it our photo caption of the month photo so you can have some fun with it. Quite frankly, we're sick of changing the caption on the photo. Until someone can provide us with proof-positive that they are the one in the photo and when and where the photo was shot, we're just gonna say, "That's one big gator - and one strong tape holding its mouth shut!"

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:

Snare Repair I'm a drummer in a Hard Rock Band. On a gig recently I broke my snare drum head during the third song . I grabbed the band's duct tape (always plentiful) and patched the head with two layers . We played about another 35 songs without a problem. My soundman says.....Hes never heard my snare sound so crisp ,yet full. - Hat

Water Bill Reducer While I was watering my garden,  the handle on the water faucet broke and I couldn't turn the water  off.  My husband was rushing to get to his weekly poker game and didn't have time to deal with it.  No pun intended!  He grabbed a roll of duct tape and taped the faucet handle down.  In no time at all the leak was fixed (temporarily) and my husband was off to his game. My watering can sprung a leak shortly after and I promptly duct taped that up too. Thanks to duct tape my water bill isn't out of control. - Angie Ettipio, San Antonio,TX

Burning Man and Duct Tape Burning man would collapse altogether without duct tape. here's a shot of me from last saturday night's mutaytor show after the man burned. The yellow light on my back is from a 50 ft ball of flame from a propane mortar. The rangers estimated there were 10,000 people watching our show. See more photos of the Burning Man Festival here:

Luggage Testimonial I'm a Sheet Metal Worker and have been the construction industry for over 35 years. I've made use of most of the applications that you illustrate in your calendar. My kids gave me your calendar last year to show me that there are others out there that "Use the Heck Otta' Duct Tape" like I do. I really enjoy your calendar. Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!

Two weeks ago my wife, two of my grown children and myself flew from Baltimore, Md to San Diego, Calif to attend my wife's Mothers funeral. This is where the story gets good!!! To show my respect for my deceased mother-in-law, and to gain an upper hand in retrieving our baggage at the airports, I decided to affix a "DUCT TAPE CROSS" on the front and back of all our luggage. My wife shreiked, "You're ridiculous!" You should have seen the envy in the eyes of all the other guys at the airports. Waiting in line trying to decide if that certain piece of luggage was theirs or not, I just plucked my "Trophies" right off the conveyor belt with a sense of pride, knowing that I was certain that piece was mine and I wouldn't be embarrased having to put it back on the line, like they did. - Glenn A. W., Marietta, Pa.

Shirt of the Month:
It's been around since 1942 - celebrate Duct Tape with this commemorative shirt on a classic baseball jersey. Click to the Duct Tape Pro Shop for this and other shirt designs that are perfect gifts when given with a roll of duct tape and one or more of our books!

Your caption?

Click to enter our photo caption contest! Click the link to see our previous monthly caption contest winners, too!

Stupid laws - still on the books
Location: Abilene, Texas
It is illegal to idle or loiter anyplace within the corporate limits of the city for the purpose of flirting or mashing. This law still exists.

Location: Acworth,
Georgia All citizens must own a rake. This law still exists.

Location: Acworth, Georgia
One man may not be on another man's back. This law still exists.

Location: Ada, Oklahoma
If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail. This law still exists.

Location: Alabama
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. This law still exists.

Location: Alabama
It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile. This law still exists.

Location: Alabama
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind. This law still exists.

Location: Alaska
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. This law still exists.

Location: Alaska
It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane. This law still exists.

Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
It is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 P.M. This law still exists.

Location: Tarentum, Pennsylvania
Horses are not to be tied to parking meters. This law still exists.

Location: Temple, Texas
You can ride your horse in the saloon. This law still exists.

Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
It is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 P.M. This law still exists.

Location: Temple, Texas
No one may ride a horse and buggy through the town square. This law still exists.

Location: Temple, Texas
Cattle thieves may be hanged on the spot. This law still exists.

Location: Tennessee
You can't shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile. If three or more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be considered a war party and fired upon. These laws still exist.

Location: Tennessee
It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish. This law still exists.

Location: Tennessee
"Crimes against nature" are prohibited. This law still exists.

Location: Pennsylvania
You may not sing in the bathtub. This law still exists.

Location: Pennsylvania
Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish. This law still exists.

Location: Pocatello, Idaho
A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face. This law still exists.

Location: West Virginia
No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions." This law still exists.

Location: Wilbur, Washington
You may not ride an ugly horse. This law still exists.

Location: Washington
When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed. This law still exists.

Location: Zion, Illinois
It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, or any other domesticated animals.
This law still exists.

Location: Normal, Illinois
It is against the law to make faces at dogs. This law still exists.

Click here to see Tim's latest Duct Tape Pros cartoons.

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RANDOM WINNER: The random winner of a duct tape book in this issue: Angie Ettipio - Congratulations! Email us your postal mailing address and we will send you an autographed Duct Tape Book.

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- Jim and Tim - The Duct Tape Guys

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