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The stationery supplies that will save your life


You probably think that the title of this blog bends the truth a bit. After all, how could stationery supplies save something as precious as a human life? Wouldn’t more glamourous objects like samurai swords, life jackets or knights in shining armour be more appropriate to ward off the inevitability of death? These might be more useful, granted, but how many people carry samurai swords and life jackets on their person in case of an emergency? And when did you last see a knight on horseback do  any rescuing? This is what makes stationery supplies a reliable source of succour: They’re always within reach. Let’s take a look at just how stationery supplies can save you from the jaws of death.

Attack is the best defence with a homemade pencil shooter-cum-pickaxe.

A pencil shooter might not save your life if you’ve got a fatal wound, but if you’re equipped with a handmade weapon, you might be able to prevent yourself sustaining injuries in the first place. Attack is the best form of defence, as they say. To make your pencil shooter you’ll need about 10 sheets of paper, sellotape, thick rubber bands and a freshly sharpened pencil. Consult Joerg Sprave’s video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on how to assemble your shooter. The brilliant thing about this invention is that it can quickly be turned into a pickaxe with the addition of some scissors and a USB cable, which Joerg also covers in the video. This is perfect for when you’re trapped under a tree and need to cut your way out, or when fighting zombies.

Seal a cut or a graze using superglue.

Acquiring cuts and grazes probably isn’t one of the job hazards if you work in an office environment, but they can happen. Opening a can of tuna for lunch, slicing bread in the kitchen or catching your hand on a sharp edge can cause a bloody laceration that needs to be attended to immediately. If you’ve got healthy blood pressure and a deep cut, the sooner you get that wound sealed the better. This is where the superglue in your stationery supplies cupboard makes itself useful. Wash the injury with warm, soapy water, dab it dry with paper towel and then apply a thin layer of superglue over the wound. It will stop any further mess and get the blood coagulation process going. The US army even used superglue during the Vietnam war for this very purpose. If you don’t believe us, check out this Real First Aid blog.

Don’t forget your duct tape CPR mask in an emergency.

Not all first aid kits come complete with a CPR mask. (In case you’re wondering, a CPR mask is used to deliver those resuscitating breaths to someone in need, without any risk of transferring bacteria or viruses to the person needing CPR.) If you’re caught short, never fear. Grab about 30 cm of duct tape, fold it in half so that the sticky sides are together and then fold again. Cut a 3 cm slit in the middle of the tape to make a breathing hole. Place the tape over the recipient’s lips and work your magic.

A pen lid with holes in it can mean the difference between life and death.

How many of you chew on the cap of your ball point pens? We’re willing to bet quite a few. It’s a great stress reliever and (kinda) helps ward off those mid afternoon snack cravings. Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if you literally inhaled your pen cap? Certain death would await you if there was no one nearby capable of performing the Heimlich manoeuvre. But not anymore: Bic have altered the design of their stalwart ball-point pen and added holes to its lid, which means if it becomes lodged in your oesophagus you can still breathe. Which is pretty convenient if you have teething kids too. Check out MetaSpoon for the full story.

 Image Credit: theglobeandmail.ca

David Adams
16 October 2017