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So We Learned Some Additional Uses for WD-40.

Now how about 9 Useful Things You Can Do With A Simple Bungee Cord.

1. Store Canning Rings

Use a short bungee cord to hang up your canning rings!  It keeps them up out of the way, but you'll still be able to see them.  It's a much better storage solution than tossing them into the bottom of a dark drawer!

2. Hang Paper Towels

Make a temporary paper towel holder using a short bungee cord.  Just slide the cord throught the center of the roll then hook it into something sturdy at both ends.  This is a great way to keep paper towels while camping or at outdoor parties.

3. Yoga Mat Carrier

If you have a bungee cord on hand, you can make a handy strap for your yoga mat!  Just hold the center of the cord along the center of your mat.   Pull each end of the cord around the mat, and hook each end to the section you've held against the mat.  The mat will stay rolled up, and it makes a great carrying handle too!

4. Road Trip Entertainment

Need to entertain a baby on a long car ride?  (Well, not so much here in The Villages.)  But all you need to do is string up a bungee cord between the handles in the back seat.  Then hang your baby's favorite toys from it!  It's like a toy mobile that's perfect for the car.

5. Prevent Grocery Bag Spill

Have you ever loaded your groceries into your car, only to have them spill out of the bags by the time you get home?  So frustrating!  But you can easily keep your grocery bags upright with just a bungee cord.  Feed it through both handles of each bag, then secure the cord around the headrest of one of your car seats.

You can also implement this system in the back of your car.  Just feed the bungee cord through both handles of each grocery bag.  Then hook the ends of the cord on either side of your car.

6. Keep Trash Bags Secure

It drives most us nuts when our trash bags slip down into the garbage can.  If you're struggleing with this very annoying problem, you can solve it with a bungee cord!  Just put your trash bag in place, then wrap a bungee cord around the rim of the trash can.  Hook the cord to itself to secure the cord and keep the trash bag in place.

7.  Shelf Barrier

Wire shelving can be a great way to add extra storage to any room (especially the garage)!  But you can't typically fill the shelves too much, or things maght topple right off the edges!  You can help keep your items on the shelf by stringing a bungee cord across the fron edge.  You'll be able to keep more items of the shel without fear of them falling off.

8. Add Layers To Curtains

You can use a bungee cord to add another layer to your curtains without installing any additional hardware.  Slid the bungee cord through the top of the curtain, and hook it onto your curtain rod at either end.  This is an easy way to add a layer of blackout curtains behind your existing curtains to help block more light in a bedroom.

9. Cookie Sheet Storage

Storing baking sheets vertically can save you a LOT of space in the kitchen!  Use bungee cords to create a briliantly simple vertical storage solution for your baking sheets.  String up a few bungee cords vertically between shelves, then slide your baking sheets between the cords.

March 10, 2019

"The Rubberband Man" is a song recorded by the American vocal group The Spinners.

The song, written by producer Thom Bell and singer-songwriter Linda Creed, was about Bell's son, who was being teased by his classmates for being overweight. Intended to improve his son's self-image, the song eventually evolved from being about "The Fat Man" to "The Rubberband Man".

The last major hit by the Spinners to feature Philippé Wynne on lead vocals, "The Rubberband Man" spent three weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (blocked from the top spot by Rod Stewart's massive hit single "Tonight's the Night") and topped the U.S. R&B chart at the end of 1976.[2] It was also a top-20 hit in the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 16 in October 1976.

The song was included in the Detroit Free Press's "Detroit's 100 Greatest Songs" list, ranking 70th.


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