April Fool’s Day is almost over, thankfully. I thought about doing a post on it, but seriously, it’s a terrible day. So instead I’m writing about things which don’t exactly fool you, but can be used in a way that is different from their intended purpose.
For instance, if you’ve ever watched The Great British Baking Show, you’ll see people using dental floss to make precision cuts through soft things. They’ll use Microplanes to grate ginger and chocolate, when they were originally intended for woodworking.
So, Deadsplintines, tell us about your favorite adaptations for completely different purposes. For example, guitar picks make great scrapers — they’re strong but don’t scratch, and have just the right amount of bend and flex like your fingernails. After 9/11, airport security banned ice at checkpoints, so people needing to keep things cold switched to bags of frozen vegetables. When my son went through a period of not wanting to wake up for middle school, I started using the schedule function on his PC to set off Hank Williams yodeling songs as an alarm clock.
Has a clever improvised tool ever helped you change a flat tire, or has some software been useful at work in a way that was completely different from its designed purpose? Here’s the place to share stories of useful repurposings.