November/December Here Comes Winter Issue 2011
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Here Comes Winter!

Those of you who live on the east coast already had winter arrive in a big way. In fact, as I type, many of you still can't read what I'm typing because of power outages. Those outages, of course, may be solved (in any number of ways) with duct tape. As you may recall, The Duct Tape Book genre actually began during a winter power outage - as described in our bio:

"It all started on Christmas Eve, 1993. The power was out in the small Northeastern Wisconsin town where Jim and Tim’s family was gathering for the holiday. Jim made the comment, “I bet if I knew where the power outage was, I could fix it with duct tape.” Tim, (Jim’s brother-in-law) who grew up on lesser tapes (masking and transparent tape), didn’t understand how duct tape could solve the problem. Jim’s wife replied, “Oh, Jim fixes everything with duct tape!” They proceeded to list some of the things duct tape has fixed in their household. “There’s a book in here!” Tim thought. He got out his laptop computer and the entire family sat around brainstorming uses for duct tape. So, on this cold, dark winter night, “The Duct Tape Guys” were born."

So, take advantage of those little curves that life throws at you (like three-foot snowfalls and power outages)... you never know what might become of the unexpected "inconvenience".

Oh, by the way, our friends at the Duck Tape® company also make some money saving items like their Double Draft Seal for your doors and windows to help keep winter OUTSIDE. We found a coupon for this cool (er, warm) product on their web site. Click here to get your $2 off coupon.

We are in the midst of an economic recession - some call it a depression - the likes of which our generation has never seen. Many of our parents and grandparents were brought up during the "Great Depression." They came out of that time with frugality etched into their beings (along with the necessity to finish all of the ketchup that you pour on your plate and the idea that you should never tip a restaurant server more than the full 10%). Frugality is once again in order as we pull ourselves up by our designer bootstraps and buckle down to weather out the current economic storm. And nothing says "frugal" better than duct tape.

Click here to read all about our Duct Tape Economic Stimulus Package on a Roll.

Speaking of being frugal, how'd you like to save $1 on any Duck® brand tape? Well, thanks to Duck brand having taken a liking to the Duct Tape Guys, you can download one for immediate use at

Cosmetic Use I'm a girlie-girl who LOVES wearing make up. I have lots of colors of powdered eye shadow. The manufacturers of the stuff don't make the plastic powder holders very resilient. The things begin to crack and come apart while there is still a great deal of powder left. If it isn't covered then the powder starting flaking and the whole thing gets real messy real fast. I've found if I get out my trusty duct tape and place it over the top of the plastic holder it wil hold together until I've used up all my eye shadow. Maybe your female readers would like to know this little trick. --- Christina C.

Bouquet-Strengthener My sister got married in March and we used duct tape in her wedding. We were making her bouquet and realized we needed tape that would cover a large area to make it stable. I thought of duct tape. It worked perfectly. --- Amy J. Check out the Duct Tape Wedding click here.

Thumbbody got a Stronger Bandage? I cut my thumb washing dishes and it wouldn't stop bleeding and I used many bandages. Then I thought "well let's try this" so I wrapped it up in clean band aids and ... That's Right - Duct Taped it to stop the flow of blood. I walked around all day with duct tape on my thumb. --- Warren C., Burnaby BC

Blow-out Remedy I was riding my bike the other day and somehow I got two slices though my tire. But thanks to the good people at the Country Kitchen auto bay and several layers of duct tape, my tire was inflated and I made it to home(with a full tire of air, of course.) --- Kyle A., Auburn, Maine

Duct Tape on the Togs I enjoyed visiting your interesting site. I remember using duct tape way back in the 60s on scout camping trips to repair tents, equipment, etc. One hot afternoon we decided to ditch our boots and create some duct tape sandals. We called them "Moses Movers" and "Jesus Jumpers" because they looked rather Biblical. --- Charles H., Whittier, CA

More Footwear Applications Duct tape is used by wildland firefighters and other outdoors workers to prevent blisters. It is often difficult to find logging/hiking/work boots that fit well, and inevitably blisters form, even when wearing well-broken-in boots. Band-Aids, moleskin, and ace bandages wind up getting torn and bunch up in the boots, resulting in more blisters. Thin moleskin or bandages adhere much better with duck tape than with first aid tapes. A skilled duck taper can also make duck tape socks to prevent blister formation. Of course, duck tape also helps support sprained ankles, prevent ticks from getting in pant legs, etc. --- V. R. Walker, Fayetteville, NC

Support Can be Beautiful! I perform in local theatre here in Phoenix. Well, last weekend, I had a show, and my strapless bra just wasn't doing the trick! I have to wear a strapless gown in the second act of the show, and we do quite a bit of dancing. Needless to say, whenever I raised my arms above my head.... let's just say that things were just not quite secure enough!! So..... I had a BRILLIANT idea - I took two pieces of duct tape and taped the top of my bra to my chest/skin. Knowing that it would probably be a TAD uncomfortable removing it, I took a chance! Well, it was a HUGE success!! I was able to dance in complete comfort & security!! And, when it came time to remove the duct tape after the show, I had sweat just enough, and the tape just peeled right off - skin in tact! --- Debra Qualtire

Missile Tape Back when I worked in the test lab at Martin Marietta way back when, we tested missiles and other stuff. We used lots of the green rolls of duct tape, but back then it was called "missile tape". We used it to neatly secure & route wiring and cables on the test specimen. Please update your website to say "missile tape" in the aerospace industry. --- Ric W., Oviedo, FL Thanks, Ric. We've added Missile Tape to our list of other names for duct tape.

Read a TON more stories of how duct tape has saved the day for ordinary folks around the world at the Duct Tape Diner and remember - we want YOUR stories, too! (Submission information here.)


You'll have anything but a boring winter when you grab some duct tape and flip to the Ducktivities project pages at!

While most people think of duct tape as a repair tool, Duck Tape® brand duct tape has always been huge on crafting with duct tape. They have some great instructional videos and instructions for creative ways to craft with their array of colored duct tapes. Click here to check out their current line-up of Ducktivities. Who knows, it may actually result in some income for you if you offer your creations for sale at work, school, or online!

Duck brand also would like you to join them on facebook. To "like" the Duck Tape Facebook page - click here:

Tim's been eating (a lot, as usual). And, he's been racing back to the kitchen to replicate what he's enjoyed at restaurants and at friends' and relative's houses. Like a really tasty smoked salmon spread, wild rice chicken salad, and sweet potato butternut squash soup he just enjoyed at friend's house. Fortunately, there was no guess-work involved in recreating the wonderful dishes, the friend was more than willing to share the recipes.

You can find these recipies along with a lot of other favorites that the Duct Tape Guys have accumulated over the year at our "Cookin' Page". Just click in and peruse the index to make some of your own delectable discoveries.

Have a recipe that you love that you'd like to share? Send it along to us. We'll taste-test it and if it passes our palate-test, you'll see it posted at Thanks and Bon Appetite!

(A showcase of weird stuff that our friend Dale comes up with.) Visit Dale's TallToysTroupe site.

I definitely have a genetic propensity for gadgets. At least that is what my new "Home DNA Testing Machine" says.

If you post a poster and stick a sticker, why are banners allowed?

I went to an Indian restaurant the other day. I had the buffalo with maize. Turns out it was an American Indian restaurant.

I watched "Psycho" again and noticed something completely terrifying in the shower scene for the first time. Janet Leigh gets right into the shower without even letting the water warm up!

After you leave a message, does anyone ever press 1 for more options? I know I never do, but I must have been told a thousand times that I can.

Facebook has made me feel much less guilty about unfriending people in real life.

If it ain't broke... you don't have kids.

If I ever get a pet, I think I will have a micro-chip implanted in it. Then I will also get a collar and id tag but I will have it contain completely different information.

Scientists have been trying to figure out the protein structure for Aids for 15 years now. Someone thought of putting the challenge into a video game and the gamers figured it out in 10 days. Unfortunately, the only way to kill it is with a neutron blaster that you have to buy with golden coins that you find in the cave of Doltron.

Am I the only one who did not have success with the "Please, Honey! Just think, tonite we could be killed by a falling satellite." approach?

Another in the list of things no one has ever said to me: "Hey, what do you bench?"

The internet makes 6th grade math homework so much easier. It also makes me look so much smarter.

Assembling IKEA furniture gives one a false sense of confidence that they can actually build something.

I don't mind so much that my wife tells me that I don't listen to her, but it really bothers me when she rips my headphones off my head to do it.

Dale's website discoveries

This is how I try to live each day. click here

If I owned a hotel, I would hope that it was a lot like these:

Our webcommendations are taking a musical turn this time...
Click here watch music videos and mix

Play the "music wall" at

Unbelievable uke virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro playing Bohemian Rhapsody on a uke!

And finally, just plain corny wierd humor: Shucking corn with Ken.

Shhh! Don't tell ANYONE! (okay - go ahead and tell everyone)
Here is the secret link to our HUGH JASS deal:
You get Duct Tape Books Two and Three, AND a Duct Tape Halloween Book AND Tim's 99 Bottles of Beer on the wall - the complete lyrics, AND a Duct Tape Pro Bumper Sticker AND Button. Over $33 of merchandise for just $12 plus shipping. Click here NOW to get this deal for yourself!

Do you know more than an eleven year old?


"Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water."

"Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull."

"When you breathe, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire."

"H20 is hot water, and CO2 is cold water."

"Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes, and caterpillars."

"Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire."

"Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they ook like umbrellas."

"The body consists of three parts - the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five - a, e, i, o and u."

"Rhubarb: a kind of celery gone bloodshot."

"Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives."

"For drowning: climb on top of the person and move up and down to make Artificial Perspiration."

"For Fainting: Rub the person's chest or, if a lady, rub her arm above the hand instead. Or put the head between the knees of the nearest medical doctor."

"The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana."

"The tides are a fight between the Earth and Moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight."

"Equator: A managerie lion running around the Earth through Africa."

"Germinate: To become a naturalized German."

"To prevent contraception: wear a condominium."

"To keep milk from turning sour: keep it in the cow."

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