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U.S. gas prices not all that bad...
Obama on Energy Policy. Senator Barack Obama delivered a compellling and idea-filled speech about U.S. energy use and policy at Georgetown University - click here to listen
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Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
Jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
Jumbo keeps growing
The Jumbo Duct Tape Book - our fourth book of seven (with over 450 pages filled with duct tape uses real and wacky) has just gone into its 20th printing since its release in 2000. That means that there are now over 540,000 of this book in print! All of our books and calendars together have sold over three million copies. A testament to the universal appeal to duct tape. You can get all of our books (except our first book, "The Duct Tape Book", which is now gone forever) at the Duct Tape Pro Shop.
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.
Your First Kiss
Is it the right time?
Then you lean in and just go for it!
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"The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book" has been called our best book yet! And, all bias aside, we agree! (So does the Southeastern Booksellers Association - it made their Bestseller list!)
When you get done with your Halloween creation, send us a photo and we will add it to our Halloween Gallery!
He keeps on rolling with the help of Tonka and tape!
"Anonymous Guy" in California provided this photo of his mending casted leg and foot. Having an issue with the foot dragging and getting caught on the carpeting while using the aluminum walker or while sitting at his desk, he duct taped a small Tonka truck to the bottom of his foot. Worked slick as a whistle! Good thinkin' - but with a duct tape use that creative, we can't figure out why you'd want to remain anonymous!
Warning: Stupid Warnings Abound!
This brings to mind another book that Tim created with Duct Tape acquistions editor Tony Dierckins and prolific author friend Joey Green - It's "The Warning Label Book" - still in print and available at Amazon.com - click here to see some excerpts from the book and to order online - or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.
Yes, we've seen it...
Speaking of Stupid...
This newsletter is sponsored in part by Reinform.org:
You know in those fast food places when you are finished with your meal and you take that plastic tray up to throw the stuff away and they have the lid thing that you push and then you set the tray on the top? Well I think you can really tell a lot about what the place thinks of its customers by what they print on that little door thing. One place I was in had the door thing that said "Waste". I guess they assumed that people knew that they had to open it and put something in there but they weren't sure what to put in. Maybe they would try to pay by putting their money in or something.
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:
Marshmallow Roaster No this is not a picture of a strange alien caught in the woods, but instead a way to cook marshmallows while at Yellowstone National Park. My wife was struggling with how to cook marshmallows with little more than a pants wire hanger. Since pants hangers have the paper tube at the bottom, they were too short to comfortably use even when 'unwound.' Pulling out every travelers favorite tool - duct tape - I took the short hanger, bent it in half, taped it to a long straight stick and even taped a handle at the
Fungus Toe Nail Remedy I had toe nail fungus for some years. My doctor prescribed a pill that I took for a year and the nails normalized. Several years later, the fungus returned, particularly to one toe. Because of the possible side effects on one's kidneys, pills were out and I resorted to a topical solution that really did not help. About to lose one toe nail, I applied duct tape encircling the nail. Now after two months and no topical solution, my nail is half way back and looking healthy. One never knows. (see more medical uses in our HMO on a Roll area)
How do you stop a fast truck? Duct Tape! I volunteered at the Quad City Air Show this summer. While wandering to my post, I got to see the Shockwave crew ready the jet-powered truck. It looks like duct tape holds up even at 376 MPH. Awesome! - Cory "Spydee" L.
Can't finish a beer? I was drinking a beer the other night and couldn't finish it. I didn't want to waste it cuz it was good belgian ale so i duct taped the bottle closed with green duct tape. I "opened" the beer the next day and it was nice and fizzy. - matthew Hey, Matt - Good idea, but we have one question: Can't finish a beer? This is a foreign concept to us!
Duct tape as a precision colorimeteric instrument Stick a palm-sized strip of duct tape on the outside surface of a disposable air filter (the big, flat rectangular or square ones that filter air going through your house's air conditioning system) where you can see the duct tape after the filter is installed. When the color of the filter media (usually white, to start off with) has collected enough gunk so that it's about the same color as the duct tape (dirt won't stick to the duct tape as much as to the filter), time to replace the filter! - Mark Adelson
Babyproofing hints from north of the border. Why spend so much money on "baby proofing products" which you will only use for a short while when duct tape will do the job just fine? (see Warning below) Also, bring duct tape along with you when you are travelling or visiting to instantly baby proof your temporary home. Don't you hate it when you visit someone for dinner and baby just wants to open the cupboard doors? Tape the handles together! Can't relax at the cottage because baby keeps pulling the phone off the table? Tape it in place! Keep a roll of duct tape in your diaper bag ... don't leave home without it! If a whole roll is too big to carry, wrap some duct tape around a pencil in multiple layers so you can bring smaller quantities.
Dollar Store Mirror Fix...
|The Duct Tape Guys' stage show is pretty surreal - bizarre - breathtakingly stupid. As what was caught on camera backstage between shows seems to indicate. What's seen here are Tim's headband (complete with "pocket mullet"), baby back ribs costume and Tim's stage jacket.
It's always interesting when someone asks us, "So, what do you do for a living?"
WOULD YOU HIRE THIS PERSON?
"Qualifications: No education or experience."
Real Life Bathroom Humor
Click here to listen to the Duct Tape Guys early radio bits, "Duct Tape Talk".
|Red Oak Winery Barrell Labeler
The Red Oak Winery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin uses duct tape to label their wine barrells. Ah, the sight of oak wine casks - made even lovelier with duct tape!
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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