MAKER MAYHEM: Low Moments in How-To History

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June 19, 2014

Tin Foil Pigtail Wig: Because mom waited too long to buy you a Halloween costume


There was a period in the mid-1970s which many readers of a certain age will remember, when Anita Byrant—the insipid vocalist, former Miss Oklahoma, and infamous anti-gay activist—was hired by the Florida Citrus Commission to appear in a series of TV ads designed to convince the entire country that orange juice “Isn’t just for breakfast anymore.”...

June 13, 2014

Home Target Range: What could possibly go wrong?


You don’t need to wait for a surprise visit from an armed robber or a knife-wielding rapist to practice your marksmanship skills in the comfort of your own home. With a trip to the hardware store and a little elbow grease, you can have this bitchin’ rifle range right in your own basement!


“If indoor public or club target ranges are too expensive or inconvenient,” this How-To fro...

June 3, 2014

Ham Can Crafts: When daddy’s got no money


Life is what you make of it, especially when times get tough, and there’s no law that says toys have to be store-bought. So even if dad blows his paycheck at the track and mom’s credit cards are maxed, there’s no reason to pity the boy who’s forced to play with a toy wagon made from a discarded ham can and a used popsicle stick, or the little girl who puts her baby doll to sleep in a b...

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