On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...
1. I'm no Angus MacGyver, so when I came up with a mildly ingenious idea for cleaning up a nasty spill at a red light the other morning, I knew I had to tell people. (This was as close to MacGyver as I'm going to get.)
A hole in a Coke can turned our car's cupholder into a sticky pool of cola. My first instinct—"Get a straw!"—made me throw up in my mouth a little. I looked around the car for something (anything) to alleviate the situation. Then I saw a diaper and knew everything would be OK. In a couple hours, the soda had been completely absorbed. A few baby wipes later, order was restored.
What unorthodox fix-it techniques have you employed?
2. In my experience, everyone has one good bad haircut story. What's yours?
3. If you were put in charge of your local library and asked to come up with one weekly program that would generate positive buzz in the community, what would your program be called?
4. This weekend we're converging on Durham, North Carolina, for our first-since-I've-been-here staff retreat. If we still can stand one another after tonight's high-stakes bowling tournament, we'll be chatting about what lies ahead for mental_floss: potential cover stories, new product ideas, how to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and what percentage of last year's profits we should invest in can't-miss Super Bowl bets (I'm feeling "Tails.")
Through the years you guys have been a fountain of great suggestions. If there's something you wish we were doing, let me hear it! I can't promise it'll happen—we'll be flying away from Durham with lengthy to-do lists—but I've carved out some time to read through all your ideas with the group. If you'd rather email me directly, I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be at the Duke-NC State game tomorrow. Look for us on TV!
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