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#179949 - 08/21/09 02:29 PM Improvised uses for a newspaper
dweste Offline
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Loc: Central California
jcurphy in the Urban Preparedness forum wrote:

"A thick newspaper can be used to start a fire and the pages crumpled up to add dead space for added warmth to the plastic bag. Just a thought. Seems like I have a newspaper on the floor in my backseat on any given day regardless lol."

I recall hearing newspaper used for many things and wonder if you can add to the list?

tinder
insulation
splint
ground cloth
sunscreen

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#179950 - 08/21/09 03:03 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: dweste]
Desperado Offline
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Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
Ever been hit with a rolled up newspaper?

It is not an accident the folks enjoying free room and board at taxpayer expense like newspapers.
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#179952 - 08/21/09 03:06 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: Desperado]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
baton for offense or defense
hat
water carrier
privacy screen
wound shield / covering

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#179953 - 08/21/09 03:18 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: dweste]
scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
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Loc: Muskoka
flyswatter
fish wrapper (if moist it will help keep what is wrapped in it cool by evaporation, it can wrap other things too)
packing fill for any dishes or other fragile items



Edited by scafool (08/21/09 03:19 PM)
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#179959 - 08/21/09 03:57 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: dweste]
Lon Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 115
Loc: middle Tennessee
Newspaper makes a very effective biodegradable mulch (weed barrier) in the garden.

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#179960 - 08/21/09 04:05 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: scafool]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
* Stuff into wet shoes to absorb moisture.
* Deodorize plastic containers that have picked up a rotting food odor: crumple damp/wet newspaper loosely into the container and put on the lid, then set in the sun for a day or so.
* If you're down so low that you need to eat bugs, loosely roll several layers of newspaper in a shaded moist area over night, and collect the bugs in the morning. You can also use the bugs as animal bait.
* Tightly rolled and tied with wire, they are now campfire logs.
* Traction under your drive wheel(s) when caught in mud or snow.
* Drunks like them on park benches as blankets.
* If you don't have enough tinfoil to make a proper protective hat, make one out of newspaper and cover it with the tinfoil.
* Laid on the soil and covered with mulch, it keeps weeds down and soil moisture up in your survival garden.


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#179966 - 08/21/09 04:42 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: Susan]
UncleGoo Offline
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Registered: 12/06/06
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Loc: CT
What did you do with the newspaper?

I wrapped the garbage in it, and threw it out.

Oh, I wanted to see it.

It wasn't much to look at: just some coffee grounds and orange peels.


Now, back to your regularly scheduled broadcast...;-)
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#179969 - 08/21/09 05:06 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: UncleGoo]
bsmith Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 577
Loc: ventura county, ca
Originally Posted By: UncleGoo
What did you do with the newspaper?

I wrapped the garbage in it, and threw it out.

Oh, I wanted to see it.

It wasn't much to look at: just some coffee grounds and orange peels.

good one!
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#179970 - 08/21/09 05:24 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: bsmith]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
I wonder if you could do the boil-water-in-a-paper-bag thing with newspaper?

TP
water filter
plate
cup
towel
pot holder

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#179982 - 08/21/09 06:59 PM Re: Improvised uses for a newspaper [Re: dweste]
dweste Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
lens and window cleaner
windscreen
foraged food container
container cover
hot container caddy
shoe or window patch
entertainment
torch

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