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2.0 out of 5 stars Uses for Ordinary Things Falls Short, July 4, 2009
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Usually Reader's Digest editors come up with some good stuff..."Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things" falls short. Many of the claimed 2,317 ways to save time and money are either downright obvious, silly, or both. Under uses for "Beans" the authors suggest you deploy them as game playing pieces, decorate a jack-o-lantern, and, now hold the fanfare, make a beanbag! Twisting and tying plastic bags together for a jump-rope and using plastic containers as dog dishes are items that didn't exactly prompt me to spring into a Hallelujah chorus.

I'll grant them kudos for some interesting applications/uses for lemons, salt, vinegar, and even onions. They don't tell you how effective certain tips/uses are but I'm sure the "your mileage may vary" rule applies. After finishing this review, I'm putting three big onions on a workbench, collecting three knives with various levels of rust, and dusting-off my scientific method thinking cap (with a paint-brush, that's another one of the hints...paint brushes for dusting). I wonder just how much rust onions will remove. How many plunges into what size onion will it take?

If you take this review with a grain of salt (oops, there's another use for salt) you'll probably walk away from this book with a total of 1,200 interesting uses for ordinary stuff and most of those your grandmother might be able to tell you. If you have a sense of humor, the book is worth the price of about one penny a really useful hint/tip.
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Initial post: Jul 7, 2009 7:46:29 AM PDT
V. Baker says:
OMG!!! HAHAHAHA! Ok, I will probably get the book anyway since I like stuff like that but I wanted to comment because your review was hilarious! Haha! Thanks for the laugh. :)

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 7:57:02 PM PDT
N. L. says:
LOL!!! Great and very funny review. I just love how a random reading of a review can suddenly make me laugh.

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 4:29:26 PM PST
Joe says:
Thanks for the great laugh on New Year's Day. I love a guy with this type of humor...now I have to buy this book!

Posted on May 16, 2010 12:03:15 PM PDT
J. Reiner says:
Actually you should not feed your animals from plastic containers. They (he/she) can have allergic reactions and develop a hive like growth on their lips which requires veterinary intervention. Cats are more susceptible to this but dogs can develop them also.
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