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I'm a Duct Tape Girl

Updated on January 15, 2016
Not my brother, but only because I didn't think of this when I was young.
Not my brother, but only because I didn't think of this when I was young. | Source
Now this is my kind of chair!
Now this is my kind of chair! | Source

That was then.....

I grew up in Indiana. You might call me a Hoosier. You might, but you’d be wrong. I’m not a Hoosier. I’m a duct tape girl.

Other states have their “special” things, like Florida has oranges, Idaho has potatoes and California has crazy billionaire people; but Indiana beats them all. We have duct tape.

How many uses are there for duct tape? You might be surprised. There are the common uses; duct taping your date to the seat so he won’t leave, folding duct tape over and putting a circle of it on your shoes so you make cool sticky noises when you walk, and the ever popular “I just duct taped your butt.. take that pigeon!”

I grew up with duct tape everywhere I turned. When wintertime came, we put up plastic and duct taped the windows. I even duct taped my brother inside the plastic on the window one year. Mom and dad didn’t notice that he wasn’t around for several days. That was the best winter ever!

A lot of people make jokes about duct taping recliners, but it’s no joke here in Indiana. We put duct tape on our recliners when they’re new, none of this waiting until they have holes. There is nothing so relaxing as grabbing a glass of ice tea and flopping onto a newly duct taped recliner. You don’t have to worry about staining anything… duct tape wipes down! There’s also the added benefit of getting sweaty during the summer, sitting on the chair with shorts on, and making lots of bathroom noises. Ahh, nothing compares to the duct tape chair…. Except, of course, the aforementioned pigeon.

We also used duct tape as a racing device. We would glue our little army men to the inside of the roll and have races. There were a few casualties, like when snots, the dog, got a hold of the roll and wiped his nose. We tried to train him to use toilet paper, but like everyone in Indiana, he saw no need to use anything else if he could make do with duct tape.


OMG! Look at all the colors!
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Mine is prettier. You can't see it because it's camouflaged.
Mine is prettier. You can't see it because it's camouflaged.

This is now....

Recently, I saw the most amazing site- the hardware store had duct tape in colors other than grey. They even had camouflage! I almost fell over! I probably would have, actually, if not for the fact I had been making those squishy noises with duct tape on the bottom of my shoes. It turns out that if you have enough duct tape on the heels of your shoes you just rock back and forth. People can't even push you over. I know. I dared everyone around me to try. A couple of old ladies took me up on it. They weren't very strong, though, so maybe it didn't count.

I bought every roll of that camouflage. I was jumping up and down in line, I could not wait to get home and try it! The moment I arrived home I got to work. A few hours later I stood back and surveyed my artistry. As it turns out, you can still see your house even when it’s covered in camouflage duct tape.

It was a little disappointing at first, but then I remembered that duct tape doesn’t fade and is easy to wash. Now I don’t have to worry about painting my house, and as far as the roof goes… well it’s duct tape for Snot's sake, it would take a hurricane and a steak knife to break through that stuff!

As I sit here on the porch of my camouflage-duct taped trailer, looking out at my camouflage-duct taped car, I find myself reflecting on my life. Hours of duct taping can make a person introspective.

Being a duct tape girl has brought me great joy. Other people may not understand (usually the people who are hooked on packing tape ), but I don’t care. I just sit here on my duct taped rocker (making toot noises ), with my duct taped glass (it keeps the tea cool ) and pet my duct taped dog (he likes it, I swear ), watch the duct taped pigeon (cheap entertainment !), and reflect upon how lucky I am to live in the duct tape State of Indiana!


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      Susan Mills 4 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you "grannie"... :O) I have my moments... then there are the other moments....

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      granniesharon 4 years ago

      too funny....you are a very talented

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      amy 5 years ago

      i have 90 things of duct tape

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Sue, you are tooooooooooo funnnnny!

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      Susan Mills 5 years ago from Indiana

      Laughed your butt off? You do realize duct tape is awesome for that as well, right? Everytime I read one of housewife's article's I thank God that Target sells it in different colors so I don't have to worry so much about duct tape lines under my white pants.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Drats! Years ago, I used a ton of aluminum foil on south- and west-facing windows to block out the sun in the summer, when I coulda used Duct Tape! No excuse for this lapse since I had two sets of great-grandparents from Indiana, and one of my daughters lived there for years.

      I also happen to know the plumbing in an entire cluster of dorms at the University of KS is held together by the Wonder Tape. The architects - the guys that get the really big bucks - didn't put enough space for wrenches and such around the pipes that run up through five floors, so the maintenance people - the guys that DON'T get the big bucks - have been Duct Taping leaks since the place was built. So much so that they're now totally encased in DT and there's every reason to believe that if a tornado hits those dorms, those pipes will be the only thing left standing.

      Great hub! Laughed my butt off from start to finish! ;D

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      wheelin'- it sounds like you need to duct tape the cell phones to the top of the car! Kids and their technology!!

      Glad to see you made it safe and un-duct taped!!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      I had to bring a computer with me, so find myself on line yet again. Just a short note to let you know that we survived the trip down without anyone getting duct taped. LOL Getting everyone to shut off cell phones was about impossible but we finally got that done.

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Jen- Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

      As a narcissist, I live for comments like yours. "engaging content and writing skills"... that'll keep me going for a week!! :)

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      @Realho- You're too funny and too sweet. Ragdolls will work just fine! :)

      @Wheelin'- I think you are very brave to wade into those forums. I'm still working up my courage to go to the game forum you mentioned.

      Good luck with the avoidance of duct tape. I hope your little one is alright. If you would just have duct taped him to the wall, this could have been avoided! :)

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Choosing the right forum can be very rewarding. I have found this to be true. I always pop in and read peoples comments before I post to them.

      My insite readership has increased because of them and in the one I talked about the person above me put one on my hubs on stumbleon, which actually brought outside readers to my hubs.

      Had to unload the duct tape, found it was needed for a repair job before we left, hope it gets loaded again. I think we may need a few spares too. The man of the house has been in a grouchy mood all day and his wife may wanna use it on him. LOL

      The three year old really needed it today. He fell off my bed when he was bouncing on my belly to wake me up. He had my arms pinned under a blanket so I couldn't get free till it was too late.

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      JenPsych 6 years ago

      Very engaging content and writing skills! Up :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh I missed the forum comment! Yes I have been warned to stay away from them unless you like conflict! I've heard that from several hubbers so I am not ready to do written battle! I would lose for sure:)! Haha!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      I don't spend much time in Forums, go in sometimes try to keep my score up. I found the "game" and have been using it to promote both other hubbers on hub pages and my blogs are leading up to the opening of a website I have. Can't seem to come in here without chuckling about something someone has posted.

      Today it was Realhousewifes not being able to make a doll beautiful enough.

      We picked up the van today for our vacation, going to Oklahoma city until Tuesday and you better believe we packed the duct tape. I just hope they don't use it to tape my mouth shut. LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sue - I am so sorry, I will not be able to make a doll in your likeness! I can not make beautiful dolls!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      I've been busy, but I see you all do just fine without my "moderating" comments! I'm going to have to check out the "game" wheelin'. I don't usually go near the forums- they scare me. :)

      I'm really glad you're hanging out with us Wheelin'- you add a lot to my hubs!! (joined by duck tape...lol!!! funny!)

      Realho- I would like my dolls to look exactly like ME. That way when I need a good kick in the rump, I won't have to exert much energy.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      I love the sense of being part of a community that this hub has given me. Two perks, laughter and a feeling of belonging. Can't get better than that. Hey have either of you checked out the forum, A Game Idea To Promote Our Hubs?

      You gotta know "game" would catch my interest. I learned long ago also that suspense will keep people coming back so I am only using others urls "to hubs" for the blog url. If you want to be part of that fun look it up. Not promoting myself I didn't start it, just joined in. It's a way to keep us connected just like if we were joined by duck tape. LOL

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sue - who would you like them to look like? Haha!

      Wheelin - that's pretty interesting and clever of you. Sounds like "you got game!"

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Realhousewife I learned long ago to make everything in my life a game. I can and do take life seriously even in my "game". If it's not necessary though, why do it. I spend from sixteen to twenty hours a day on my many endeavors so making it a game helps keep my interest up.

      Sueroy got my laugh for the day yet again. Thanks so much for this hub.

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- LOVE IT!! I'll take two. (I hate it when dolls are lonely)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey good idea! I should make them and sell them to their parents! Ha!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- Wouldn't want you to speak to the principal my butt! They're afraid you're going to make a voo-doo doll that looks just. like. them!!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @wheelin - I burst out laughing at the title of the game. It really isn't funny though. Glad that you can have a sense of humor about that:)

      This is one of the big reasons I'm at school so much volunteering. The other kids are afraid to pick on my kids because I speak to the principal and counselors regularly, they wouldn't want their names to come up now would they? there were two girls that intimidated Sydney so much it could bring me to tears. She did not want to speak in class for fear they would tease her. It stopped after I became involved quiety in the background:)! Score for mommy!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Wheelin'- I always hate it when I hear about the bullying that goes on in schools. I was so lucky to have a class of 98 kids that all liked each other! (Public school kids, if you can believe it!)

      That is actually the biggest reason I homeschool my kid. With her issues, the kids in school here would destroy her... physically as well as emotionally. It's so sad. Kids can do so much to help one another (Realho's kids being a great example of that!)... and yet, so many of them choose instead to take their frustrations out on the weak.

      I'm glad you find laughter here... keep your duck bill, smiles are always free!

      Thank you for adding to the conversations!!!!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- LOL!! Oh, you were a vicious little kid!! Remind me not to make you mad!! lol!!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Thanks again for writing this hub, really needed a good laugh and the comments section of this hub always give me one. If you send me a bill just make sure its a duck part. LOL I was always a quiet one in school, school was hard enough with a brain which thought in another language. I did everything in my power to stay out of the teachers radar. Except the fights during recess. I found the one language everyone understood was a fist in the face. I never picked fights and even when I was "benched" I still had to protect myself from the bullies. I spent more time benched than I ever did on the playground.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      No I had a teacher who made me write a report because I was talking. She was a very mean teacher and so I chose to do my report on Voodoo Dolls. I colored one in her likeness. That was so mean of me!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- OK, probably not the ones who were jealous. :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh not all of them:) I assure you!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- I'll bet the teachers loved you! Seriously!! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That would have made it a lot more fun! I had all I could though. People used to say they thought my mom and the principal were having an affair because she spent so much time in his office! I got suspended (gasp!) once for skipping (dumb!) and my principal made me call my mom and tell her from his office so I smiled, took the phone and called her and told her I got suspended for 90 days for getting caught with drugs!

      Then the principal smiled back (he was on to me) took the phone and told her it was only 3 days out. Guess what? Yeah, mom was so relieved I wasn't even in trouble! Sweet 3 day vacation! Score!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Wheelin- Thank you for stopping by! I have awesome commenters, a group to which you have now been added!

      Thank you for laughing, too... comments on my hub brighten MY day too!!!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- I believe you and I would have been great friends in high school! :)

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      When I need a laugh I always come here and see what the latest comments are. I am glad it's here.

      Thanks again

      Denna

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yep - seriously. No one can be mad at you when you are making them laugh. Not your teacher, principal, parent, step parent, spouse, kids. I've done experiments on them it works!

      I got to be kinda rotten and get away with everything. Plus I always told the truth because it throws everyone else off guard. Expect the unexpected - keeps everyone guessing:)!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- Thank goodness for the explanation. I was picturing you drawing circles with your pinky toe!

      Manipulation by laughter? I've never considered that! I've wasted so much time!!!!!

      (love it!)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      K - I was typing without my glasses again! I meant to say thank goodness I don't type with my pinky!

      You incited folks to quack? I absolutely love that one! Something I totally would have done! I worked for the principal (I am sure they were just watching me!) but I got into trouble for going into friends classes and telling their teachers the principal wanted to see them:-). Only he didn't! I wanted to see them!

      The funny thing I always got out of trouble because I was really nice and really funny:). I learned to manipulate with laughter! Lol!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- I can't draw circles either...or squares. As a matter of fact, even my stick people look a little funny!

      Good for Maddy... what a nice kid she is!

      Yes, I can totally believe you got swats (and laughed!! Good job on that by the way!)

      I was once sent to the office for "inciting others to quack." I started a line of "ducks" to annoy the teacher. I was a sophomore in high school at the time.

      Good times, good times. :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I can not draw circles or anything else! I wish I could be so creative:).

      It has taken hours! I was down to the last few pages when Maddy came in to save me and cut the rest. I have a blister on my pinky! Thank goodness I don't toe with that one:)

      I remember those days! Bet you'll never believe I got swats in school, seriously! I can't even remember why it must have been real bad:)! I laughed about it too just so they would see it worked;-)!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      acaetnna- awesome! I love it when teachers get creative! Please let me know how that goes!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to comment!!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- that is the funniest thing I've heard in a while!! OMG. You can't draw circles freehand!?! No wonder they kept you back in grade-school!

      Just kidding, of course. I'm so happy to see duct tape being used in the elementary schools. Although I can think of a few other uses besides tracing!

      (In 7th grade my teacher taped one of the students to his chair when he wouldn't stay seated! That was back when you wouldn't get sued for that kind of thing!)

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      gotthehumour- I do love my state. I can see Russia from my house.

      Thank you so much for the awesome compliment. It means a lot coming from a funny guy like you!

      It takes a nut to know one... :)

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      How incredible. I loved the picture of the baby on the wall! I've never thought of using duct tape in so many ways. I will experiment with the children next term at school!! Great hub.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sue - you are never going to believe this but I'll tell you anyhow. Today is my volunteer day, I was given a project for the entire 1st grade which I am working on now. I brought it home. It's cutting out 170 circles. Guess what they gave me to trace for the circles?

      Yep. Duct tape! I thought of you:-)!

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      What a strange state you live in, being crazy that is. I actually use a lot of duct tape in my work as a bricklayer. This is a great piece of writing where your natural wit shines through that grey matter you are talking about, or using.

      Trying to be funny is not easy, but being nutty helps a great deal.

      This was brilliant! Bravo!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Dtroth- being eaten by a psycho house cat actually IS funny. Maybe not at the time, but given time to reflect, I'm sure the person being eaten would see the humor. I mean, come on... a psycho house cat? Oh yeah!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Wheelin- While I mention in my hub duct taping my dog, in real life, duct tape should never be used on people or animals. I agree, while it's a funny picture, not so much in real life!

      And yes, I'm sure parts of the duck were most likely used in early history. I remember reading of the Neanderthal man who was very unhappy when he received his first bill. It was much larger than he had hoped.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      only bad thing is someone in this town really did it, got arrested and lost their child because of it. Referring to the taped baby to the wall.

      I guess the cave man was too busy just like my ancestors to worry about duct tape although I am sure duck parts were used to tie things. LOL

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      hmmm... duct tape and fur... hmmm

      Okay... so, I have actually stuck a piece of duct tape in my hair...ACCIDENTALLY...of course. Unfortunately, I kinda have long hair...at least I did before I ripped half of it out unsticking the duct tape. ouch...

      You're right, Denna. I can't imagine it would work well on fur, but cavemen also wore just animal "skins" too, right?

      So it coulda worked, eh? (:

      Although, they probably had other, BIGGER, things to worry about, like getting eaten by a giant saber toothed kitty! hee hee

      ...not that being eaten by a big, psycho house cat is funny. Okay, maybe just a 'little' bit funny. Yeah, I'm rotten. (:

      Thanks for checking out my stuff Sue! I LOVED Chelsea's Apple and Evus Hub. The girl definitely has talent! (:

      Be blessed and stay safe,

      Diana

      p.s. Love your duct tape babysitter. What a great idea!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Duct tape and fur aren't a good combination. Even fake fur doesn't work well with it. I wonder if it would have ever been invented if we hadn't changed from fur to cloth. LOL Us Indian's never used it.

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Dtroth- Thank you for stopping by! I agree, I can't imagine what the poor cavemen must have had to deal with trying to fix their cave clothing and such without any duct tape!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Wheelin- What a nice sister you have! I can picture your poor Montclair with a steering wheel, a seat, four tires and some duct tape! Too funny!

      Thank you so much for stopping by... and leaving a nice comment. I love nice comments!!!

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Hi Denna! (wheelin')

      No I didn't forget ya. (:

      I've been trying to "share myself" with other hubbers by reading their works.

      A world without duct tape? I hate to think of the implications!

      take care and stay safe,

      Diana

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      My first real job with duct tape was repairing the rag top on my 1957 Mercury Montclair. My sister had climbed up on the top and fallen through it. The duct tape outlasted the poor car. I have been sold every since. In spite of the fact that I am a trained carpenter with all the tools needed for that, I still find many uses for duct tape. Including taping leaks in central heating ducts. Laughed my way though your article.

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      DTroth- Thanks for the warning, but you're a few years late. THAT was a big oops!! Thank goodness it was duct tape and not super-glue!

      Thank you so much for coming by... I'm heading over to check out your stuff, since you were nice enough to check out mine!! :O)

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Hilarious!

      I really needed a good belly laugh. (:

      Thanks Sue...

      It really is great stuff. I've used Duct Tape to tape the plastic windows in my Jeep. Hey, when the zippers go out on those rag tops in the winter? ...ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

      I can't wait to read more of your hubs!

      Take care to not accidentally tape your butt cheeks together in your recliner and stay safe in your little duct tape world. (:

      Diana

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Vocalcoach- Thank you so much for stopping by and laughing! That baby duct taped to the wall was my favorite thing about this hub! :O)

      I'm working on becoming a talented writer...maybe one day I'll feel like I've made it, but thanks for the nice compliment in the meantime.Thank you also for hitting all those buttons. I love it when people push my buttons! :)

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      seekingmeme- Thanks for the link! I sent that to my sister-in-law, we're trying to talk my neice into doing the duct tape dress for prom!! Awesome!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I loved the dresses and tuxes at that link!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Pixienot- Yes, I remember that well. I thought for years that everyone fixed their car windows with duct tape!

      Thanks for the nice comment, and funny memory! :O)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Laughed myself silly with the picture of the baby duct-taped to the wall! I love this hub. And the comments from your followers are hilarious. A wonderful way to start my day...a very talented writer. Pushed all the buttons on this one. :)vocalcoach

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      seekingmeme 6 years ago from North Carolina

      As soon as I read this Hub, I thought you might want to see this: http://duckbrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom.aspx... Some of the work there is incredible! Enjoyed reading your post!

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      SueRoy, this was very funny!! Remember the time your brother fixed his car with duct tape and a clothes hanger? The Banana (his car) was never the same; it was better!!

      Great Hub. Voted up and funny!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Fiddleman- Thank you, you are always so kind!

      Thank you also for laughing at that duct taped baby! You are the first to mention it, I laugh every time I see that little guy! My morning has now been made better as well!!!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Feline Prophet... New eyes? Oh no. What happened to your old ones. Did you start reading and have a bad reaction? I've heard that happens sometimes. A little duct tape may fix that. :)

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- 'night Mary Ellen....

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      This is so good. What would we all do without duct tape and bubble gum. Loved your first photo, now that is funny. Thanks for sharing and hope your day is good, mine has now been made better.

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      Feline Prophet 6 years ago

      Gosh, one lives and learns! I'm going to look at duct tape with new eyes henceforth! :D

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sue - they are the smelly kind too!

      I'm laughing! Are you? Haha oh you say the funny stuff first!!!

      Again, I'm gonna blame you:) so thanks for sending me to bed with a smile.

      Night Sue, Night Chelsea, Night John Boy, hahaha!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- You're insane! I love it!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      No I used plain so I could color them myself! Markers are fun!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Real ho- Oh NO! Well, can I at least get pictures! That has to look .... well...interesting. Did you at least use different colors so you can tell them apart?

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Uh oops too late! They're all taped up!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Realho- just don't duct tape your birds. It's fun, for sure, but I have this sneaking suspicion your kids might not be too happy about it!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Chris- Thank you... the pigeon was my favorite part, I'm so glad someone noticed! :O)

      I have to say, though, I'm kind of with your son on this one (shocker). There's not much in this universe that can't be fixed with duct tape.

      As a matter of fact, can you imagine how much nicer that fireplace mantle you made for your lovely wife would have been, had you just thrown a little duct tape on the corners?

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      TS Sally- Duct taped backpacks? Hair-bows? Those are both new to me! Not that there's anything wrong with that.. I love the creativity of people! Maybe duct tape wigs and eyeglasses? Shoes?

      What an interesting school you must work at!!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sue - you know you can get colored duck or duct tape from wal-mart! I have always said, all you need it duct tape and a few tools - duct tape fixes everything. I love how you have given me even more uses for it. I'm gettingmready to tape up the chair now!

      I should do the house too - I wonder what the neighbors would say :-0

      Lol!

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      ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

      Sue,

      As you know I am fairly handy in the tool department (that came out way wrong...) I can make stuff, anyhow, I have a son who despite my best efforts at training, uses duct tape for everything. He has a tool kit, I gave him one, but the tools have all gone, it contains only duct tape...

      The pigeon thing had me in tears,

      C

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Duct tape backpacks, hair bows, etc. are a BIG deal at my school right now. One of the moms is making BIG bucks! She must be from Indiana too! Ha!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Mentalist-LOL! How long did it take you to come up with that one??? :O)

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Austin- when I was looking for my duct tape pictures I came across a LOT of duct tape clothes (and pasties).... it's a little scary what people will do with that stuff!

      My sister-in-law is trying to get my niece to make a duct tape dress for prom. She wants to buy a dress. Maybe I'll send them to that store you're talking about and it can be a happy compromise!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Drbj- I know the plastic of which you speak!! My grandmother had a couch covered with it... always. The plastic never, ever, EVER, came off. It was miserable during the summer!

      I was at my brother's house when I looked over and there it was... blue duct tape. I started freaking out. When my sister-in-law showed me her stash of camouflage.. I really did get a little faint.

      It's funny that you should mention the Duck/Duct thing. When I was looking for appropriate pictures I saw that it was, indeed spelled both ways! I couldn't believe it! I think that manufacturer you spoke of realized that while the people with no class called it "Duck Tape"... they were also the largest customer base! (if you can't beat 'em...call it Duck Tape)

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      So I guess there's something to be said for putting one's self into a sticky situation:-))

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      BreaksfastPop- It's not your fault, you've been spending your time trying to keep up with our crazy politicians... none of whom have seemed to discover the wonderfulness of duct tape!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      LoopyGem- awww. Thank you!

      I love your comment:

      "if it doesn't move and it should use WD40, if it moves and it shouldn't, use DuCt TaPe!"

      So true... and funny!!! I have both in my car for emergencies!

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Susan- my kid bought a duct tape wallet from another kid 5 years ago.. and she still uses it! That stuff is awesome!

      Thank you for stopping by- and for pushing all those nice buttons!! :)

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      Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      There is some club down here that makes duct tape dresses for prom night. Or they are challenged to make wearable clothes using duct tape. Anyway, they manage to come up with some cool designs!

      drbj - we always called it duck tape growing up. I was nearly 40 before I knew it was for taping duct work! Who knew?

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      sue - I was duct tape deprived as a child - it hadn't been invented yet. But plastic was a popular covering although not nearly as strong. We had a sofa that arrived covered in thick plastic and it survived that way till it died.

      The other day I had an epiphany when like you I discovered that duct tape is available in many brilliant colors.

      And I discovered another important fact. Did you know that one manufacturer labels the product "duck" tape. And here I thought only people with no class called it duck tape. There is something to learn every day.

      Thank you for enhancing my duct tape knowledge with this remarkable hub. I would write more but I'm itching to go duct or duck tape something ... anything.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I had no idea that duct tape came in colors. Where have I been? Up and funny.

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      LoopyGem 6 years ago from Canada

      I was hopping hubs and this one caught my eye...didn't realize it was lovely, funny sueroy333 until I was part way down! too funny...if it doesn't move and it should use WD40, if it moves and it shouldn't, use DuCt TaPe! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Duct tape is the best! My son made a wallet out of duct tape and he actually used it for awhile. I was so impressed!

      Up, Funny, and very useful!!!