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What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday… (edition 2007)

by Brendan Vaughan

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Title:What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life
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Uninteresting and boring stories that have nothing to do with ingenious ideas. ( )
  Indy_115 | Nov 5, 2013 |
A collection of short real-life stories from people who came up with creative, on-the-fly solutions to problems in their everyday lives. Or at least, that's what it's supposed to be. The stated goal of the book is to include all kinds of nifty improvised problem-solving, not just the traditional MacGyver-esque paper-clips-and-duct-tape stuff. Which is fine, and there are a few tales here of clever saves in social situations. But a surprising number of these anecdotes just don't seem to qualify at all. I'm sorry, but, really, "I arrived at the airport and realized I forgot my passport, so I called a friend and had him bring it to me" in no way counts as a brilliantly innovative solution, no matter how tight the timing may have been. And a few of these are actually stories of stupidity and failure, like not managing to capture a mouse with homemade traps, or accidentally burning down a construction site. Which was kind of disappointing. It also didn't help that quite a few of the authors came across as unsympathetic people trying to accomplish morally suspect things, such as covering up infidelity, or lying their way into a job. Fortunately, though, in among all of that there were a number of feats that ol' Mac himself would have been proud of, such as fixing a car's clutch with a knitting needle, building an air conditioner with $24 worth of parts, and improvising a spacer for an asthmatic's inhaler. Those stories were generally not written with quite the same attempt to be colorful or amusing as many of the iffier ones, but they were the ones whose protagonists' quick thinking and know-how made me feel genuinely impressed and envious. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452289297, Paperback)

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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A humorous volume of forty-five true stories recounts the resourceful innovations of people who used science and ingenuity to resolve tricky situations, including a person who used breakfast cereal to provide traction in an icy parking lot.

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