Friday 5 — Misuses

This week’s Friday 5 is all about using stuff in ways they weren’t originally meant to be used but come in handy that way anyhow.

1. When did you last use the edge of a coin (or a knife blade) as a screwdriver?
A couple weeks ago: the batteries in my bike light had gone kaput and a penny is the best way to open the battery compartment.
2. When did you last use a wire coat-hanger to break into a car?
It sure seems like I’ve done this in the past, but maybe not. I kinda learned to be a bit more careful when trying to unlock a car some time ago: I was attempting to be helpful and ended up breaking the window accidentally.
3. When did you last use food or drink as medication?
Not sure.
4. When did you last use your cellular telephone as a flashlight?
Actually fairly often since the battery in my Photon Micro-light has died. The hallway when I enter my apartment is rather dark and I keep my bike there (for now) so, inexplicably, rather than turn on the hall light I’ve used my cell to light the way. Or just fumble along the side of the wall so as to avoid my bike.
5. When did you last use a paper clip for any purpose other than to clip paper?
Most likely, as a CD-ROM drive tray ejector. That is, unbend it and poke into the small hole on the front of the drive to eject a stuck disc.

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