I must admit that I never watched the show “MacGyver.” I was around back when first run episodes were aired, but whatever else may have been on TV at the time, that’s what I was watching. Still, you can’t escape the concept of MacGyver forever, can you? I must admit there is a certain sense of fascination with how MacGyver could pull off just about any task using on the items available to him at the time. This ability to transform the mundane into tools of the criminal investigation underworld was even parodied on “King of the Hill” when Dale Gribble boasted of knowing how to make a bomb out of nothing but a toilet paper roll and dynamite. You may never need to know how to MacGyver yourself out of situation where your life is on the line, but you can certain MacGyver yourself out of some of the more mundane emergencies facing 21st century Americans.
Water , Water Everywhere
Facing a torrential downpour and you want to MacGyver your way into keeping yourself waterproof? If MacGyver were in your situation and he need to get from Point A to Point B through a raging hurricane unloosing the wrath of the rain gods down upon him, he would look for the nearest spray can of Scotch Guard. Direct the spray of Scotch Guard over pants, hats, shirts or pretty nearly any kind of fabric and while raindrops keep falling on your head, at least they will be bouncing off your clothes.
Styling Your Hair
Got a big date immediately ahead of you only to reach for the hair styling gel and realize that the bottle is so empty that all you get when you squeeze is a symphony of very rude noises? MacGyver had some wonderful locks, didn’t he? Long, flowing blonde hair not unlike the Norse God and star of comic books and comic book movies, Thor. If MacGyver were facing a big date without any hair styling gel around, he wouldn’t waste time on a drive to the nearest drug store. MacGyver would head straight to his kitchen, grab a box of Jell-O and empty just a teaspoon into a bowl of warm water. Mix well and you’ve got the extra-strength holding power of any brand of air gel.
In the mood to engage in some stealthy activity? But your stealth is being compromised by squeaks? A squeaky window? A squeaky drawer? Squeaky wheels? They say the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but that aphorism hardly applies if a squeaky wheel is giving you presence away, much less if you don’t have immediate access to oil. Which is why MacGyer would probably advise you to always carry around a small container of lip balm. Lip balm is basically just a concoction of various types of oils and lubricants and applying the balm to any surface that is creating a squeak as if you were applying it to your lips can endow you with the kind of quiet stealthy that would be the envy of Wall Street executives quietly stealing your money without you noticing or government regulators caring.
Find yourself in some rather immediate need of sealing a leak that would normally require the availability of caulk? Well, you can be sure that MacGyver is not going to wait around until he make it to the local hardware store to buy some caulk before sealing that leak that, in his case, may very well threaten his life. You can seal a leak where caulk is called for but is not immediately available if you keep some mint chewing gum on hand. Chew up some spearmint or peppermint or, really, any type of minty chewing gum to create a very cheap, quick, remarkably effective and surprisingly long-term temporary seal for a leak where you might normally find caulk.