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Posted: 3 November 2006 - 04:34 AM                                    
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I was recently at a seminar and as a team building exercise we were in small groups, handed a paper clip, and asked to come up with all the ways it could be used. Well, immediately I said, "I wish MacGyver were here," to which I got some laughs.

So it got me thinking, just how many ways can you use it?

How did Mac use one?


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he used on to try to fix the rental car in "three for the road" i believe he used one a couple times to pick locks,handcuffs ect. he used the paperclip the monkey wrench and a shoelace to make jacks cab accellerate into the men with bazookas thats all i can think of right now off the top off my head


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The paper clip macgyverism I always remember is from the very beginning. In the pilot he used a paper clip to diffuse the missile at the very start. He had a bunch of special odd shaped missile disarming tools but had to resort to a paper clip! biggrin.gif


Toni:
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He also uses one to start the car in season 1 ep The Prodigal


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I can't remember to much what Mac used them for but I do remember that Gizmo use one that like kind of like this one as a bow in Gremlins 2

Hey it looked cool and besides with a rubber band there great to shoot at people.


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In The Heist, didn't he use one to snag a woman's dress to create the distraction in the casino?


MacsChick:
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Yes he did! LOL! laugh.gif That's one of my favorite scenes because he humbles that snooty girl who was rude to the cocktail waitress!


Rockatteer:
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Humbles or humiliates?


MacsChick:
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Good question, Rock--I was thinking a little bit of both!


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I know its not a Macgyverism but there’s this guy who’s trying to turn a paperclip in to a house!! One of my friends told me this and for a split second I thought it was an attempt at a mega-Macgyverism and was trying to figure out how on earth someone could turn a paperclip in to a house doh.gif until they told me more…
http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/
Two things immediately spring to mind – Why didn’t I think of something like that first and what sort of numpty swaps an snowmobile for a barrel of beer??!


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well once you drink the barrel of beer you won't miss the snowmobile...atleast not until the next day


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I'm not entirely sure about this, I really should rewatch it, but it seems like MacGyver might've put a paperclip on the end of his can opener blade in the opening gambit of Trumbo's World when he was picking the towel up off the clothesline. sak.gif + clip.JPG = MacGyver gets to take his pants off...again


silentk:
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A paperclip makes a fine cheap lock pick, when you're in a tight jam


MEP:
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paper clips also make really good book marks harhar.gif


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MacGyver might've put a paperclip on the end of his can opener blade in the opening gambit of Trumbo's World




I think it was just the blade by itself. the shape of it makes great stand-in for a hook


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hey everyone!! silentk is my bro wink.gif you know the one i keep ranting about.... the one who broke the light and melted the bathroom flowers... and introduced me to MacGyver


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Welcome aboard SilentK.


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hey everyone!! silentk is my bro wink.gif you know the one i keep ranting about.... the one who broke the light and melted the bathroom flowers... and introduced me to MacGyver



Hi SilentK. We like your lil sister. You must have tortured her just the right amount to make her the terrific smart bum she is today. laugh.gif

Good Job!

(You need to post. MGod says there aren't enough males here. They're here they just don't post. They're.... silent...K? )


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10-4 old buddy, I'll post whenever I have the chance. And yeh sluggy is cool, shes helped me out in many macgyverisms. and shes a darn fine lil sis.


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Oh yeh, I used a paperclip to rig a guys pc so that the power button was made redundant. The motherboard didn't supply the right signal to the power supply to turn it on. So i slipped a paperclip into the connector to bridge the connection.


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In the old days, on the Old Mac computers - the ones before the G-4 models - there used to be a tiny little hole near the drive (the slot where floppies were inserted). If/when a disk got stuck in the drive (they always did) one would poke a straightened out paper clip into the little hole - it would hit the spring, and "voila"... the disk would be ejected.

The perfect MAC tool!!!


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You can do that with cd/dvd drives on computers now... theres a little hole near the eject button, so you can pop open the tray without having to turn on the computer.....


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You can do that with cd/dvd drives on computers now... theres a little hole near the eject button, so you can pop open the tray without having to turn on the computer.....



<wonders why you would want to do such a thing>

Can't play disks in them when the computers not on so why would you want to be able to open them...Oh! Maybe you're wanting a handy cup holder?


Rockatteer:
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Maybe to take the disk OUT of the computer... especially in an office situation.


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Hummmm... I have a G-5 now (big honkin' hard drive) and the metal case (they used to be solid plastic) is perforated in front and back with big holes for ventilation where the dvd/cd tray is. If one of those big holes can be use to force-eject the disk... I sure don't know which one it is...


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yeah I was talking about PC drives with the tray that slides in and out.

I'm not sure if Mac drives have the little hole.



 
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A friend of mine told me she uses a paperclip to hold up the little rings on her shade valance lol

 
                                                                     
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I use a paperclip as a ring marker when I'm weaving chain maille. The paperclip hooks to the first set of rings so I know which end of the pattern I started with and can keep everything flowing inthe same direction. This is especially important when I drop the chain and the rings flip out of alignment. The handy little paperclip has saved me much frustration.

 
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We recently moved to a new office, and there's still work going on from the build-out. The kitchen was supposed to have had hot water "on demand", but so far, it's been more along the lines of "tepid water and only if you really insist". mad.gif

Yesterday, we had plumbers in who were supposed to have fixed the problem. They came in early and were gone by the time I arrived. I asked a colleague who also gets in early if they'd fixed the hot water.

She replied, "I don't know, but at one point one of them came out and asked for a paper clip."

At this, another co-worker burst out, "What? Did we have MacGyver in here?"

We still don't know what the plumber did with the paper clip . . . blink.gif

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I got to play “Spaghetti Monster” at work today, of the non-flying variety; my workstation area, and the one next to it, were torn apart and re-assembled (correcting an installation area dating back to, oh, last summer). blink.gif So I had to remove everything from my entire work area, and take down one computer and half a dozen peripherals, and set them up again after the fuss was over. On the other hand, it gave me a chance to get the cabling done right this time – nice and tidy instead of a spaghetti plate. cool.jpg

We have aftermarket keyboard trays on our workstations, which come with completely useless little notches that are supposed to hold the cords for the keyboard and mouse out of the way. The problem is that the keyboard trays move, which means that the cords need to have some play in them, especially the mouse cord – because the mouse moves also. (Duh . . . ) Not buenos notches at all. dry.gif

A while ago, I realised that the ideal solution to this was a paper clip. The extra-large ones work best: you can even loop them through the otherwise useless cordholder notches, or secure them to the back of the keyboard tray, or attach them anywhere to the underside of the desk.

Thread the mouse cord through the paper clip, and it will slide back and forth easily, stay out of the way, stay untangled, and have enough play without too much slack. biggrin.gif

You can also use paperclips to bunch cables together if they need to have some freedom of movement; otherwise I use twisties.

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Yes--twist ties--always save them! smile.gif

 
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How about using a pair of shoe laces, and old rusty wrench and a paper clip to take out two bazokas. I got to try that one. Will anyone lend me his car?

 
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In a carving project recently, my buddy was using a wood carver to scratch off layers of the rubbery base. Well he accidentally sliced straight through it. In disbelief he showed the damage to me. A long crack ran down the side, a sliver holding on by a thin joint. I pulled out a paperclip, straightened it, broke it in half, and inserted it in the crack. I pushed both sides together, the clip pushing into them. It worked as a structural support beam. The solution worked. He finished his work, just fine.

 
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In the computer tech world, paperclips are the saviours to many lost cd's who refuse to eject when asked, also handy on those dinosauric floppies and Zip disks. Paperclips have also helped me hold a screw in place cause those damn drive bay screws are so tiny my fingers can't hold em. Paperclips have also spared me when it comes to guiding that annoying audio cable to the dvd-rom drive, damn Compaq's are build just like that COMPACT!

Grab a paperclip, wrap with a thin layer of scotch tape and have at it, all your tech work with a grounded clip! smile.gif

 
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True. the paper clip to eject a Cd. I do that every time the light goes off and I'm working on a project or something and i use DVD's couse there the best thing for info Storage

 
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I use paper clips to reset many electronic devices/gadgets...or of course you can do it with a pen or mechanical pencil if there's one around.

My dad used one to tied my pants when I was like 5. my pants was too big and dad used a paper clip he has in his bag to somehow tightened it and prevent them from falling hmm.bmp

 
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QUOTE (AlanP @ 30 January 2009 - 07:38 AM)
My dad used one to tied my pants when I was like 5. my pants was too big and dad used a paper clip he has in his bag to somehow tightened it and prevent them from falling hmm.bmp

Wouldn't a belt have been easier? laugh.gif


 
                                                                     
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I've done that myself with paper clips. I've also used them to unclog some stuff at a nursing home, and to hold up the hem of some pants I was wearing. ohmy.gif

 
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I had to use a paperclip for a keychain in a pinch when mine broke. clip.JPG They also work great for zipper pulls. MacG.gif

 
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. Unbreakable Bag Closers
I used to buy those plastic "Snack Saver" clips to close up potato chip bags, cereal bags and other food containers. "Snack Savers" are cheap- you can buy 3 on a card for a buck. Unfortunately, I found that "you get what you pay for" because the cheap plastic closers were always breaking. Once I got bright and started using paper clips instead, no more problems! Not only that, but paper clips actually work better for closing bags because they hold them shut tighter!

2. Zipper Pull Replacement
Here's another use for paper clips that will boggle your mind. When the zipper pull broke off of my favorite winter parka while I was out doing errands, I took it to a local cleaner to have it repaired. The lady behind the counter said she could easily replace the pull in just a few minutes for seven bucks. I thanked her for her time and left. Once I arrived home, I slid the end of a paper clip into the zipper pull and it's worked fine ever since. If you really want to be fancy, you can find a paper clip that matches the color of your coat, but I think silver goes with everything.

3. Cherry Pit Remover
I've heard of a plunger-type cherry pit remover, but I've never owned one. I find the task much easier to do if you just use a paper clip. You'll need to grab the clip and "unfold" it so it looks like a square "S." Then, push it down into the middle of the cherry until you feel it hit the pit. Hook the curve of the paper clip under the pit, then pull it up and out.

 
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Hubby gained weight and uses it to fasten the clip of his pants to the button hole.

 
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When i got my first apartment i didn't have alot of money so I made garland out of paperclips for my christmas tree. clip.JPG Thanks Mac for all the great ideas for paperclips MacG.gif

 
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chain together paper clips to make a Bookmark.

 
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The other night I had to use a paperclip to fix my windshield wiper blade and it's still on! MacG.gif

 
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I remember going to Vacation Bible School and making necklaces and belts out of paper clips then covering the with green self liner. clip.JPG

 
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I always have a few paper clips with me...dead usefull they are. Long live METAL paperclips, don't like plastic ones.

 
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But you can make a pretty necklace out of the colored plastic ones. I do that often at the office when I'm bored. happy.gif

 
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I used to do that to at school, in english clases to be precise, and people laught at me for it. But I was true to my cause and proudly wore it.

 
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To hold sheets of paper together. whistle.gif

Actually,I know I've used them for several things but just can't think of many as of now. One would be for fishing something out of a small space. Another time I picked the bathroom lock after the kids locked me out.

On a side note my 12 month old has taken to carrying one around with her. It's kinda cute and I attribute it to her watching MacGyver with me.

 
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Once my sister was wearing a thight dress, the kind of dress with a zipper in the back from waist 'till neck. She bent a little and the zipper gave in and it broke!

So, I got me a few paperclips and pinned them into the back of the dress. It was perfect and stylish!

Now my family calls me The MacGyver Apprentice! clip.JPG

 
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Posted: 2 January 2011 - 12:01 PM                                    
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I have used a paperclip to pick a padlock, it just has to be a realy small paperclip

 
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Paperclips make great fashion accessories. I use them as earrings wink.gif strange, I know.

 
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Posted: 2 January 2011 - 02:08 PM                                    
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I can pick some locks with them. And I've used them when the zipper on my pack pops off. happy.gif

 
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