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Duct tape: Weapon of the masses

Permalink 09/22/07 at 11:16:17 am, by Ed, 215 words   English (US)
Categories: General

Imagine a world where they suddenly stopped selling duct tape tomorrow. Can you even? A world where duct tape is a scarce commodity. People hoard it, keep it to themselves, lie about having any. Would people be so cavalier about using it? When all you have is duct tape, every problem looks like... what? A cracked windshield? A poster to hang? Wires that are tripping people? A prisoner who's mouthing off?

But if there were no more duct tape sales worldwide, would you still look at it that way? What about when the duct tape finally runs out? What will kidnappers use then to keep their prisoners quiet? What could they use? Would they have to revert to medieval treatments of a sock in the mouth? Or would kidnapping rates suddenly drop? Duct tape is one of the main tools of the trade: You use it to silence them, to tape their hands together, to tape them to the chair... there's really nothing you can't do if you imagine hard enough. Duct tape is quintessentially the only thing that keeps kidnapping alive today.

So imagine a world without duct tape... and no kidnappers. It's a nicer world, don't you think? Greener grass, less pollution... and a lot fewer red rectangular hickey-like marks across the mouth.

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