What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

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Penguin, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 196 pages
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In the spirit of the bestselling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook comes a clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life ┬“MacGyverisms┬”

You┬'re driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn┬'t getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.

Or maybe you┬'re living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can┬'t afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.

In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: What would MacGyver do? they ask..

For anyone who┬'s ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of forty-five true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television┬'s Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowess┬—not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife┬—to save the day, the ┬“MacGyverisms┬” recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can ┬“MacGyver┬” yourself out of virtually any predicament.

 

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Funny book about real life MacGyverisms

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We got a lot of laughs out of this book. Real life people telling stories about how they used craftiness and ingenuity to get out of awkward and tricky situations. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE JUNK IN THE TRUNK
9
HOHE IMPROVEMENT
37
THE TRAVEL CHAPTER
71
LOVE LUST AND OTHER COMPLICATIONS
101
TROUBLE WITH THE AUTHORITIES
131
ON THE JOB
155
Acknowledgments
189
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Brendan Vaughan is an articles editor at Esquire magazine and the winner of a National Magazine Award for New Media.

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