Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things: How to Turn a Penny Into a Radio, Make a Flood Alarm with an Aspirin, Change Milk Into Plastic, Extract Water and Electricity from Thin Air, Turn On a TV with Your Ring, and Other Amazing Feats

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Sep 1, 2003 - Crafts & Hobbies - 176 pages
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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.

 

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Sneaky uses for everyday things: how to turn a penny into a radio, make a flood alarm with an aspirin, change milk into plastic, extract water and electricity from thin air, turn on a tv with your ring, and other amazing feats

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Offering readers a chance to become real-life MacGyvers, Tymony (Computer Gamer's Survival Guide) shares a mixed bag of useful and useless tricks. The book, which may remind 007s-in-training of The ... Read full review

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Contents

Detect Counterfeit Bills
3
Need Glue? Create Sneaky Glue from Milk ii
11
Sneaky Wire Sources Are Everywhere
18
Construct Electronic Greeting Cards
26
Make PowerRingActivated Gadgets
35
Make Recordings Only You Can Hear
42
Make a Sneaky Megaphone or PA
48
Wireless Use Him in Remote Places
54
Make 3 Sneaky Fire Extingursher
83
Make a Sneaky Flood Alarm v
90
ThwartTliieves with the External Sneak Detector
96
Secure Valuables in Everyday Things
102
Use Ordinary Objects
104
Six Firemaking Methods
112
Two Watergathering Techniques
120
Build a Makeshift Telescope
128

Put It Together from Scratch
60
Convert Your Radio into
67
Protect Your
75
Make Sneaky Snow Glasses
134
DowntoEarth Direction Finding
142
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Cy Tymony has been creating useful high- and low-tech inventions all his life. By reading comic books as a kid and studying scientific techniques, he bridged science and fiction to amaze his friends. Hes authored three books and more than a dozen articles on science and computer science. His technical wizardry has landed him on ABC-TVs AM Chicago and in features in the Chicago Tribune and Future Life magazine. He lives in Los Angeles

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