Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

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Sneaky Uses for Everyday ThingsSneaky Uses for Everyday Things by Cy Tymony
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on September 2nd 2003
Pages: 176
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My Rating: three-stars

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is a valuable resource for transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary. With over 80 solutions and bonus applications at your disposal, you will be ready for almost any situation.

Do you know how to make something that can tell whether the $20 bill in your wallet is a fake? Or how to generate battery power with simple household items? Or how to create your own home security system? Science-savvy author Cy Tymony does. And now you can learn how to create these things and more than 40 other handy gadgets and gizmos in Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things. More than a simple do-it-yourself guide, this quirky collection is a valuable resource for transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary. With over 80 solutions and bonus applications at your disposal, you will be ready for almost any situation. Included are survival, security, self-defense, and silly applications that are just plain fun. You'll be seen as a superhero as you amaze your friends by:

* Transforming a simple FM radio into a device that enables you to eavesdrop on tower-to-air conversations.

* Creating your own personalized electronic greeting cards.

* Making a compact fire extinguisher from items typically found in a kitchen pantry.

* Thwarting intruders with a single rubber band.

By using run-of-the-mill household items and the easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams within, you'll be able to complete most projects in just a few minutes. Whether you use Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things as a practical tool to build useful devices, a fun little fantasy escape, or as a trivia guide to impress friends and family, this book is sure to be a reference favorite for years to come.

This was my second paper-copy book of the year after Silence. The book was clever and had some interesting “uses” for things, but none of them made me want to put the book down, go get the “thing”, and try to recreate what the author described.

I’m writing this 5 months after I read the book and I can only remember that the book included a way to make glue (maybe?).

There’s probably better sources online for content like this. I’m interested in the Maker movement and doing cool stuff with every day items, but didn’t learn much from reading this book.

This was book number 6 of 52 for 2017.