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What Would MacGyver Do? True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

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In the spirit of the bestselling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook comes a clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life "MacGyverisms"

You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.

Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.

In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: What Would MacGyver Do? they ask..

For anyone who's ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of forty-five true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television's Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowess, not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife, to save the day, the "MacGyverisms" recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can "MacGyver" yourself out of virtually any predicament.

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In the spirit of the bestselling "Worse-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" comes a clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life "MacGyverisms."

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A clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life ?MacGyverisms?

For anyone who?s ever wished they could channel 1980s action-adventure icon Angus MacGyver?a secret agent known for relying on his brains, scientific prowess, duct tape, and a Swiss Army knife to save the day?this unique collection commemorates the use of improvised genius in everyday life. The ?MacGyverisms? recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Divided by theme, the book features over forty true accounts in all?some by well-known writers, including Chuck Klosterman and A. J. Jacobs, most by ordinary people.

Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can ?MacGyver? yourself out of virtually any predicament.

About the Author

Brendan Vaughan has spent the past twelve years as a writer and editor for the countr‛s top magazines. He is currently a senior editor at Condé Nast Portfolio.

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earthfirst, September 26, 2008 (view all comments by earthfirst)
Everyone remembers the TV character Angus MacGyver, who could get out of any jam with a single paper clip, toothpaste and duct tape. Enjoy these MacGyerisms to correct any problem in your everyday life!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452289291
Author:
Vaughan, Brendan
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Form - Anecdotes
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
Resourcefulness
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
December 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.57x6.55x.46 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In the spirit of the bestselling "Worse-Case Scenario Survival Handbook" comes a clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life "MacGyverisms."
"Synopsis" by ,
A clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life ?MacGyverisms?

For anyone who?s ever wished they could channel 1980s action-adventure icon Angus MacGyver?a secret agent known for relying on his brains, scientific prowess, duct tape, and a Swiss Army knife to save the day?this unique collection commemorates the use of improvised genius in everyday life. The ?MacGyverisms? recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Divided by theme, the book features over forty true accounts in all?some by well-known writers, including Chuck Klosterman and A. J. Jacobs, most by ordinary people.

Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can ?MacGyver? yourself out of virtually any predicament.

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