When they draw up the Complete History of Lifehacking, Angus MacGyver will certainly merit a chapter. We pay tribute to the creatively can-do secret agent this week with 10 tricks that make extraordinary use of overwhelmingly common objects.
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Note: The following snippets are works of MacGyver fan fiction (hopefully the non-cringe-inducing variety). Any resemblance to events transpiring in the seven-year run of MacGyver, or any subsequent television specials, are coincidental, if a little inevitable.
10. Diffuse a camera flash, no gear needed
9. Pack a lunch in a CD spindle
8. Make an iPhone dock out of…anything
7. Relieve a bug bite with toothpaste
6. Dry a doused mobile phone
5. Boost a Wi-Fi antenna with a drinking straw
Out of all these assembled items, this most closely resembles a MacGyver-like situation. There is, say, a hacker with a laptop who can break into the missile launch mainframe, but he’s been locked in a secret room that MacGyver and a fairly attractive agent can’t get to. The hacker needs access to the network, but can’t make a connection! Luckily, MacGyver has located a small bit of copper wire, a drinking straw, a single wood screw, and a creme brulee torch to stand in as a soldering iron. Those missiles won’t be going anywhere! (Original post)
4. Start a fire without matches
Out in the countryside, MacGyver and the son of an esteemed diplomat are tired, exhausted, and hungry after dismantling a tank and escaping a military prison. There’s no matches or fuel to start a fire, but there are some supplies ransacked from the galley kitchen on the way out. With a 9-volt battery or mobile phone, or a soft drink can and chocolate, you’re well on your way to getting a little flame built. (Original posts: mobile phone battery, steel wool and 9-volt)
3. Smooth a scratched CD or DVD
2. Bind paper without clips or staples