Top 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of

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Top 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of

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

converted cigarette packOriginal post

9. Pack a lunch in a CD spindle

CD spindle bagel holderOriginal post

8. Make an iPhone dock out of…anything

notebusiness cardpiece of cardboardiPhone case itself can workbinder clippiece of wood mouldingpaper clip stand

7. Relieve a bug bite with toothpaste

aspirin, vinegar, or toothpasteBengay for bug bitesPhoto by 416style.

6. Dry a doused mobile phone

borrow some rice and a bowlhouse with some kitty litterrubbing alcoholOriginal post

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

toothpasteBrassostopbanana and some glass cleaner

2. Bind paper without clips or staples

creatively fold and cut the edgesOriginal post

1. Fix a dent with canned air and a hair dryer

Now that MacGyver’s settled into married life, he’s decided to sell the Trans Am that saw him through so many trips to and from the Department of External Services. Two hours away from an interested eBay buyer inspection, his wife points out a bit of a dent picked up during that quick exit from a nuclear reactor. He doesn’t panic or call off the showing—he grabs a can of compressed air and a hair dryer, and uses the extreme cool of the canned air and the heat from the dryer to force the dent to return to its original shape. His wife points out that the buyer might still ask about all the duct tape hidden in various break-away pieces and hidden pockets. MacGyver smiles, slowly retracts the hair dryer cord, and remembers the day he once powered a trolley with an electric whisk, rubber bands and a battery pack to fool an automatic weapons system. Now that was a challenge.

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