Herein lies the secrets to finally becoming your prom king or queen, saving money on undergarments, and turning a wart-covered frog into a Prince—all thanks to duct tape! And did we mention it will save your life on more than one occasion? If duct tape is on Facebook, you should probably friend it now, before it gets so many friends it hires an intern to deny all your friend requests. Celebs can be so fickle.
No. 1 - To Save Your Life in Space
The folks at NASA have been long-time supporters (and users!) of duct tape, but it wasn't until 1970 when the Apollo 13 mission solidified the necessity of duct tape on every mission thereafter. When the flight crew got into a bit of a pickle (and we use the term "a bit of a pickle" loosely here, since their lives were essentially at stake), it was duct tape, in conjunction with a whole slew of other items, that saved their lives. In fact, Keith Canfield, one of the spacecraft's designers, said "I felt like we were home free" as soon as they found out there was duct tape onboard. "One thing a Southern boy will never say is, 'I don't think duct tape will fix it.'" Well now, thanks to him, he's got an entire country to back him up on that one.
No. 2 - To Create the BEST Prom Outfit
Every year, Duck® Products sponsors their super-popular "Stuck at Prom" contest, where couples compete to create prom gear made almost entirely of duct tape (the rules state it does not have to be made of 100 percent duct tape, but if it is, the better chance you have of it staying together through all your booty grinding). And every year, couples come up with AWESOME outfits to don at their prom.
Keep in mind, of course, that duct tape no longer only comes in the silver color we've grown to love (in fact, the original color was an army green and has since been upgraded to that shade of "Tin Man" we have now). Today, you can buy duct tape in an entire palette of colors—from Atomic Yellow to (our personal favorite) Funky Flamingo. Just think of the pictures your parents will (begrudgingly) take! It will be a night that will stick with you forever.
Check out Stuckatprom.com for more details.
No. 3 - To Help Fight WWII
To say that duct tape was only used in WWII to keep water out of ammunition cases just doesn't seem to give it the credit it deserves; possibly because that's not the only WWII-era use for the sticky stuff. In fact, World War II marked the birth of duct tape. It had indeed been created primarily to keep soldiers' ammunition cases sealed—but as the men used it more often, they realized it did so much more! It sealed containers that were otherwise left open for major spillage factor, all while repelling the nasty elements, and it worked to quickly fix everything from firearms to airplanes (sounds safe, huh?).
No. 4 - Get Rid of Warts
Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy was essentially created to get rid of those unsightly warts. You really only have to keep the tape on the wart for six to seven days at a time. Afterward, you soak the wart in warm water, rinse and air-dry overnight while the air works its magic. In the morning when you awaken, every little good boy and girl will have a much reduced wart on their hands. Or wherever.
No. 5 - Play MacGyver
We all know that MacGyver, come hell or high water, had a small, flattened roll of duct tape in his back pocket at all times. We also know that MacGyver could "fix a computer with a hairpin and a piece of duct tape." And of course, the final thing we all know, is that we wanna be MacGyver. Man, child, senior citizen—we want to be able to diffuse a bomb with a nail clipping, a letter opener and five pennies. So play MacGyver for a day (or every day!) and stick a flattened roll of duct tape in your back pocket; you'll be glad that you did when you need to cross the river and all you have are your bare hands and more wood than a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
Even MacGyver admits&58; "For the past seven years I have done nothing but travel around the world getting shot up, locked up, blown up ... and all I have to show for it are a couple of empty rolls of duct tape." That and a healthy sense of self-satisfaction. Win.
No. 6 - Prevent Shattering Glass During Storms
Sure, you THOUGHT that those dark Xs on windows during hurricane season were there to inform the storm of exactly where it could feel free to land. Or you thought it was used to ward off the evil hurricane spirits. Both thoughts are wrong, but don't be embarrassed—we won't tell anyone. But we will tell YOU that hurricane season is most definitely the time to stock up on duct tape. When the storm's a-brewin', the first thing you need to do (after buying all the toilet paper) is to tape up those windows. That way if the hurricane lands, you've prevented the glass from shattering in the most violent way imaginable by pushing the broken glass outward, and keeping the glass along the "X" somewhat together.
As you can now see, expecting this method to work in warding off the in-laws would just be plain ol' crazy. But we definitely won't fault you for trying.
No. 7 - Bring Out Your Artistic Side
Sure, artists have used strange mediums to express themselves in the past. But nothing has become quite such an artistic phenomenon as using duct tape to create sculptures, paintings, representations—basically anything you couldn't possibly think of. Not only can you create works of art, but duct tape art has expanded from "simple" art to actual things. One better-known work of duct tape art is the ever-popular duct tape wallet—although, if you ask us, a large part of its success may be due to its budgetary nature (it's hard to peel a crisp &36;20 bill from one of the stickiest tapes known to man).
As Todd Scott (one of the most famous duct tape artists) said, "I just think in duct tape." That must make for some strange (but interesting) dreams.
No. 8 - Hair Removal
It's certainly not the least painful use for duct tape, and probably not the safest, but it's probably one of the most effective—especially if you've always had a hankerin' for hearing a grown man scream like a girl. But let's all be honest here; it's not like waxing is a day at the spa—we learned that the hard way from watching Steve Carrell soldier through his hair removal ordeal in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. So why not save some dough and try out the Press 'n' Pull duct tape method? We certainly don't endorse it. But with the recession these days, we'd understand the necessity for it.
No. 9 - Create a Strapless Bra
Ladies, we all remember those magical nights—we've had the dress picked out for three months and, duh, we look AWESOME in it! And like, everyone is going to gasp when we walk in the room! But then it hits you ... they'll gasp all right, not because you look awesome, but because you forgot you would actually need to get a strapless bra and you're wearing one of those très chic sleeveless numbers. SOS, your date is arriving in T-minus 20 minutes!
You can totally chillax, girl. You've seen your dad hauling around that toolkit filled with nothing but duct tape for years. Just call your best girlfriend and tell her to race over and help you get into your corset-inspired sleeveless bra! Then just stick across and spin ... and you can lift and separate in mere moments! It actually works so much better than the "real" thing that you may seriously re examine whether or not you even want to know Victoria's little secret.
No. 10 - To Help Teach the Meaning of "Irony"
No topic in the history of metallic-colored adhesives has been as hotly debated as the exact name of duct tape. "Duct tape" of course sounds like "duck tape," which of course makes people think it's called "duck tape," when in fact it's called "duct tape" (go ahead ... say it out-loud and watch everyone's eyes glaze over. We'll wait.). That being said, the original name of the substance was "duck tape." We sure that cleared it all up for you, huh?
At any rate, let's press the rewind button and go back to WWII, when "duck tape" was invented. History has given us many reasons for the original name, but basically it refers to the tape's ability to repel water, much like a duck's feathers. Now fast-forward to today, and its "modern" name of duct tape. The tape was renamed as such because it was often used to seal (you guessed it!) ducts. However, upon extensive research (yes, seriously) it was found that duct tape, though frequently used to seal ductwork, should never be used to seal ... ductwork. Duct tape is actually an extremely unsafe substance to rely on for such a project—so much so, in fact, that California has completely banned the stuff for building.