From its violent and bloody beginnings on the battlefield to its humorous uses of today, duct tape is one of mankind’s more interesting inventions. From taping together a dress or suit for prom to saving the lives of astronauts in space, these are 25 awesome and clever uses for duct tape.
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For those of you who have trouble hanging on to money, the duct tape wallet will keep it stuck in your pocket.
iPhone Case and Dock
Who needs expensive Apple hardware when you have lot of shiny metallic tape?
We’re not sure how or why all of your refrigerator shelves would break simultaneously, but if they do…duct tape.
Sometimes lazy people are the most creative.
And you thought the hammock was crazy…
Or should we call it a necktape?
AKA, pimping your ride.
In case you’re not a fisherman though, there’s always…
Emergency flip flops
Although in extreme emergencies we advice against fashioning flip flops out of duct tape…unless it’s the last thing on your bucketlist.
Fix a leaking boat
To be honest, this is probably closer to what you want to be doing with your duct tape in an emergency.
Although there are probably better ways to remove hair from your chest, there is none as manly.
It has something to do with skin cell replication and magical swarming T-cells but basically 6 days of duct tape followed by some water and voila – no more warts.
Prom Dress or Suit
It’s cheap and you’ll objectively be the coolest kid at prom.
It’s probably even microwaveable.
This requires three things – a cat, some duct tape, and lots of boredom.
There can be no greater display of geekery than this.
Saving windows during Hurricanes
For the northerners (and Europeans) among you, that duct tape on those windows isn’t for decoration, it’s for protection because hurricanes and glass don’t mix well.
To be honest, we’re not exactly sure how well this would work. But, if you ever happen to try, just let us know beforehand and we’ll get our black suits ready.
Fixing a car
It’s definitely cheaper than the shop
Putting things on top of a car
Who needs a luggage rack?
Picking up a car
By now you should be catching the drift…there’s not much you can’t do with duct tape. Which brings us to…
Undoubtedly, at some point in your life you will get in an argument with someone over whether it is “duct” tape or “duck” tape. Although today “duct” is the accepted spelling and “duck” is actually a brand, stick around for #1 and we’ll explain why “duck” is the real, original name. A number of years after it was invented for WW2 people started using it to fix ducts and its name then changed. Ironically, duct tape is actually really bad for fixing ducts and has even been made illegal in California for that purpose. So, no, unfortunately it can’t fix everything. But, back to things it can be used for…
It’s a controversial alternative.
Saving your life in space
Yes, although it may be illegal to fix ducts in California with duct tape, ever since it saved the lives of the entire Apollo 13 crew it has been mandatory equipment on all space launches.
Keeping ammunition sealed during WWII
As we mentioned, duct tape finds its roots in World War 2. It was invented primarily to keep soldier’s ammunition sealed and water free. They quickly realized, however, that it could be used for so much more and before long they were using it to fix everything from airplanes to firearms.