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Design Conversational Week 1488: What’s the (re) usage?

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You understand those huge twist-ties that circle huge lots of kale as well as collard environment-friendlies? Well, allow me inform you that they are ideal, in multiples of 3, to lot with each other the slats of a bathroom-size venetian blind whose 35-year-old cable determined to fall short on one side just.

The Design Invitational Greater Loser Neighborhood has actually consistently verified itself smartly creative at determining, claim, what solitary sentence can be made use of in 2 various circumstances (oh, that’s today’s outcomes!). As well as while today’s competition, Week 1488, requires greater than wordplay, I’m certain that y’ all will certainly think of a selection of goofy suggestions to repurpose products marketed by, duh, RepurposedMaterials, an across the country firm that focuses on marketing items that are no more beneficial to their initial proprietor yet can be, with some ingenuity, offered a brand-new life as an additional item: For instance, its creator states, an out-of-commission fire tube can be simply things to twist around the blog posts of a watercraft pier so the hulls will not obtain scraped. (So indeed, “Reuse” in my heading isn’t practically the best term; in the sector, that suggests to thaw down or shred the initial as well as make something various from it, a procedure that’s not as wonderful to the world as merely utilizing the initial differently.)

I’m particularly certain of great outcomes since I’m allowing you select anything from the web site this time around; this must make sure a larger range of suggestions. Given that our 2015, RepurposedMaterials appears to have actually broadened a fair bit; it currently states: “We’re currently expanding our ‘repurposing’ mission/concept to consist of points like Chemicals as well as Active Ingredients, Products as well as Stocks, Tools as well as Equipment, as well as also Realty. Anything that is outdated to its main sector is of passion to us.” As well as there’s a “WeirdStuff” classification including not just the burger bun frying pans as well as blast-resistant trash bin, yet likewise a 6-by-6-foot diesel vehicle framework ($ 250,000).

So right here’s the ink from Round 1. Maintain these access in mind as you visit the website; the bowling lane timber is still there– therefore, astonishingly, are the purple paper napkins. Naturally, you can still utilize them; simply think of a considerably various suggestion. As well as I see that y’ all did make use of a reasonable quantity of wordplay besides.


In Week 1131 we noted some products offered from RepurposedMaterialsInc.com— every little thing from mineral oil to Jacket obstacles to a hockey rink– as well as requested for some creative suggestions for utilizing them alone or in mix. Lots of people recommended utilizing the artificial grass to go along with that non-crabmeat for an all-fake “browse as well as grass.”

fourth area: 100-foot size armed forces freight parachutes: Your Mother can make use of one as a skirt. Well, even more of a miniskirt. (Ben Aronin, Washington)

third area: Purple bed linen paper napkins: Stitch 50 of them with each other to make a Baltimore Ravens attire. Or stitch 2 with each other to make a Baltimore Ravens supporter attire. (Mark Raffman, Reston, Va.)

second area as well as the ceramic privy “sculpture”:

Plastic tally boxes: To maintain illegal aliens far from Donald Trump, make use of the plastic tally boxes to construct a thick wall surface around him. (Matt Monitto, Bristol, Conn.)

As well as the champion of the Inkin’ Memorial: 10-milliliter glass vials: Wish to see exactly how smart squirrels actually are? Make a glass harp– that collection of glasses that makes songs when you place water in the glasses as well as scrub the sides– as well as establish it up before a display with a walnut behind it. When the squirrel discovers to play “Expectancy,” the display opens up as well as it obtains the nut– as well as you’ll obtain a zillion sights on Instagram. You do need to hold your horses; it took greater than 10 mins for the ones in my lawn to resolve it. (Dave Prevar, Annapolis)

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Boardwalk boards: Surprise the wife and cover your bedroom ceiling with boardwalk boards, throw some sand and seaweed on the bed and relive some Drifters magic. (Jeff Shirley, Richmond)

Bowling alley wood: Great for kitchen countertops and tables — especially when paired with repurposed pinsetters that automatically serve and clear away your meals. (Frank Osen, Pasadena, Calif.)

Bowling alley wood: Roof your house with it: Based on my experience, anything that lands on it will quickly end up in the gutter. (Art Grinath, Takoma Park, Md.; Beverley Sharp, Montgomery, Ala.)

Carpet tiles: Perfect vehicles for very small genies. (Beverley Sharp)

Carpet tiles: Install them on a brick patio in the D.C. area and you’ll quickly have a mushroom farm growing out of the carpet just a step away from your kitchen door. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf, Md.)

Carpet tiles: To avoid the expense of carpeting and to make a fashion statement, glue carpet tiles to all your shoes. (Jeff Shirley)

Carpet tiles: Make a home exfoliation spa! 1. Cover the kid’s slide in the backyard with carpet tiles. 2. Disrobe. 3. Slide down four times: front, back, left, right. 4. Did we forget to recommend a privacy screen? (For extra exfoliation, substitute the asphalt shingles.) (Barbara Turner, Takoma Park, Md.; Rob Huffman, Fredericksburg, Va.)

Escalator handrails: They’ll fit perfectly as handrails for Metro’s stairs. (Ben Aronin; Matt Monitto)

Escalator handrails: Advertise a handrail as the world’s largest piece of licorice, and charge skeptics to take a bite because really, who could tell? (Jeff Shirley)

Concrete barriers and planters: Always dreamed of living in a building as warm and welcoming as the HHS headquarters? Some of these will give you that same friendly ambiance! (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

A plastic hockey rink: How many times have you said, “Let’s play plastic hockey!” and you had no rink? (Edmund Conti, Raleigh, N.C.)

Jersey barriers: Okay, Christie’s contained. Now we need two dozen other state barriers. (Ellen Ryan, Rockville, Md.)

Purple linen napkins: Start a blog called Build the Purple Line Now! Ask for supporters to buy your “Purple Line Flags” and display them on trees and utility poles in their neighborhoods. Then buy another truckload, paint a red slash on each napkin, and start a blog called No Purple Line in My Backyard! (Joseph Mat Schech, Colesville, Md.)

Purple linen napkins: Finally I can make curtains to match my Chivas Regal bag duvet cover! (Barbara Turner)

Purple linen napkins: A new line of “Mankinis by Prince.” (Mike Gips, Bethesda, Md.; Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.)

Plastic pallets: The Republican National Committee should stock up now — disposable platforms will be essential after the primaries. (Kevin Dopart)

Fire hose and mineral oil: Elephants may still be vulnerable to poachers and loss of habitat, but with enough of these, you can cross constipation off their list of worries. (Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase, Md.)

Particle board: States with awful health-care systems can use them to build cheap coffins; they can even call the boards “death panels.” (Kevin Dopart)

Ski lift cable: Research proves that children who have ski lift cable running directly from bed to bus stop have fewer absences and tardies. (Rob Huffman)

10-ml vials: Fill them with Coke, then advertise “97 percent less high-fructose corn syrup compared to our regular can of Coke!” (Joseph Mat Schech)

8-foot-diameter tires: Cruise lines need new life rings for their American passengers, especially on the final days of the cruise. (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

Combination of items: Use the carpet tiles on the walls to upgrade the soundproofing of your rumpus room. Use the climbing rope, rubber sheets and mineral oil to upgrade your rumpus. (Doug Frank, Crosby, Tex.)

Odor-eater fabric: Instead of parchment when publishing “The Best of The Style Invitational: Premium Collector’s Edition” … (Kevin Dopart)

A note about entries: If you’re choosing an item not on the list I supplied, please include either a link or another easy way for me to check it out, e.g., “In the Weird Stuff section.” I didn’t ask you to submit entries in a particular format, because I figured that I wouldn’t have that many to group together. But it never hurts to keep each entry as a single line, without using the Enter key within a single entry. That way I could, if it turns out that most people just used the 10 items on my list.

Double-meant fun*: The results of Week 1484

*Mark Raffman’s inking headline from Week 1336

So. My original intro to the results of Week 1484, after I cited three frequently submitted entries, added this:

“Not to mention many gas station/bed jokes about pumping and lube; and church/bed about kneeling; and Supreme Court/bed with briefs. We’ll spare you.”

“Not to mention many duplicative ‘in bed’ pairings that wouldn’t have been printable anyway.”

Note to self: Never type the word “lube.” (Whuh-oh.)

I wasn’t going to throw a tanty to the management of The Washington Post insisting on the reader’s right to know the genres of some risque jokes that were too overused to run anyway. But I had to laugh, because I’d just been asked in the Style Invitational Devotees Facebook group whether I’d have been able to run this non-inking entry: “At a gas station and in bed: ‘Don’t forget to check under the hood.’ ” I’d actually thought the entry was about the corresponding part on the opposite sex, but I said I wasn’t sure, but that it probably would be considered too graphic.

So that question’s pretty much answered.

Gawd, glad I didn’t try this one: “At a religious service and in bed: No, don’t chew it, just swallow.” (From the Brit-in-Paris Brian Allgar, whose work often ends up in this column. By the way, here’s an interesting discussion on the issue from CatholicForum.com.)

Yeah, nothing like jokes combining religion with graphic sex references to catapult immediately into UnprintableLand. “Massive organ”! “Get on your knees!” And, inevitably, “second coming.” No way, people.

But still, “In bed,” a category summoned for a return performance after its success in Week 1336 three years ago, figured in a full dozen inking entries in this week’s results — none of which, let me clarify, was censored; it was just that lead-in line.

I was deluged with 1,600 entries to this contest — fewer than half of the foal names from the previous week (that’s always the year’s biggest contest), but hundreds more than usual and ended up running 40, almost all of them in the print paper as well as online (Steve Smith’s “log” joke excepted). Special thanks to Alex Blackwood, my co-admin of the Devotees group, for suggesting some of them, including the Supreme Court and the Jan. 6 committee; they were both especially fruitful categories and provided a good channel for political humor, a welcome respite from the onslaught of nudge-nudge jokes. (I am thrilled that Alex is coming in from Houston next weekend to attend the Flushies, the Losers’ award picnic/songfest; see below for one last reminder.)

It’s the first Clowning Achievement but the third Invite win over the years for John Glenn of Tyler, Tex. (not of Space). John has been Inviting almost as long as the Empress has; he got his first ink in Week 684 in 2006. But he plays a precision game: He enters fairly regularly but sends very few entries in a given week — sometimes just one. But that one entry often gets ink. This week he used a wordplay that many others did, punning on “dumbbell,” but his made me laugh:

At the gym and in the Jan. 6 committee: “Did you really think you could work with that 250-pound dumbbell and not get hurt?” (I don’t know if there are 250-pound dumbbells — a dumbbell is lifted with one hand — but it made me laugh.)

And it’s a rookie phenom who took second place and snagged the vintage 2012 Loser mug: Karen Lambert’s chatty quote that could be from the gas station or the hairstylist was fun to read when so many of the entries were one short phrase: “Very funny, ha ha — no, I wasn’t under the influence when I did this.” I’ll be giving Karen her mug at the Flushies, her debut Loser event.

What Doug Dug: Ace Copy Editor Doug Norwood found this week’s results especially fun, though he did helpfully point out that the gas station/Jan. 6 committee joke “That much for just a battery charge?” didn’t really work because the committee doesn’t charge people with crimes. (Sorry, Steve Dudzik.) Doug thought all the top winners were great, and also singled out several honorable mentions: Leif Picoult’s “Yeah, it shouldn’t leak like that” (gas station/bed) “made me laugh and recoil”; Terri Berg Smith’s “My neighbor highly recommended you” (hairstylist/bed); Sam Mertens for hairstylist/Supreme Court “I prefer how Ruth used to do it”; Francis Cavanaugh’s for elementary school/bed “How would you like it if someone did that to you?”; and especially Robert Schechter’s entry that listed every single setting for “I won the election in a landslide!” Doug also liked Hannah Seidel’s hairstylist/bed “Can you do longer bangs?” but I dropped it last night after realizing that a very similar entry got ink in the 2019 contest.

You can still RSVP for the Flushies! Saturday, May 21

We’re currently at 53 Losers, their handlers, and Just Fans for this year’s Flushies, the Losers’ own annual picnic/awards/songfest. It’s Saturday afternoon, May 21, and outside in a nice open space, Steve and Jackie Leifer’s backyard in Potomac, Md. This Evite is for YOU, even if you didn’t get a personal email. Please see the details in the Week 1486 Style Conversational at wapo.st/conv1486; a note has gone out with the Leifers’ address and phone number to those who’ve RSVP’ed Yes; if you’re signing up now, let me know and I’ll send it to you as well.

Latest development: Superloser Duncan Stevens has just written a SPECTACULAR parody for the occasion, in addition to the others already on the schedule. And if you can’t make it to the proceedings, we hope to record — and maybe even live stream — the song and award sections to air in the Devotees group.

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