In celebration of MacGyvering: 90 hacks to welcome in a new word

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Now that Oxford Dictionary has added the verb 'MacGyver' to the official lexicon, we pay homage to the almighty hack.

With each new update to the online version of the Oxford Dictionary, one can practically hear the laments of pedantic grammarians far and wide. This week, among a few dozen new words, we got “awesomesauce” (having nothing to do with sauce at all) and “mkay” (as in, OK … mkay). Oh how the mighty have fallen.

But on the bright side, we got a new verb: to MacGyver!

As any self-respecting television viewer from the late 80s can tell you, the word comes from Angus MacGyver, the lead character in the marvel of a television series, MacGyver. The gloriously mullet-haired he-man was known for his knack for making or repairing objects in the most resourceful (absurdly farfetched) ways. Few pickles were inescapable for our eponymous hero. And thus, from Oxford:

MacGyver: verb, US informal
Make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand:
He MacGyvered a makeshift jack with a log.
He has a shock of short red hair and a pair of rectangular-framed glasses MacGyvered with duct tape.

In the age of all things DIY, MacGyver has become the patron saint of the hack. And if there’s one thing we love here at TreeHugger, it’s a good hack. A clever use of materials allows old things to live longer, creates new uses for things that may be obsolete, and can basically become a super sustainable way to obviate the need to purchase more and more and more new stuff. Long live the hack! So with that in mind, here’s a round-up of some of our best MacGyver moments.

19 clever uses for rubber bands

Whether you call it a binder, elastic, lackey band, laggy band, lacka band or gumband, all we can say is blessed be the rubber band: 19 clever uses for rubber bands

10 handy hacks for emergency situations

Maybe you already have a really great emergency kit; or maybe you even have a whole basement tricked out with survival gear. But even the best-equipped might find themselves in a jam when faced with an emergency. These are brilliant: 10 handy hacks for emergency situations

6 ways to make a candle with household objects

Clearly one of these was in the Macgyver romance playbook: 6 ways to make a candle with household objects

Make a shake flashlight out of a cardboard tube

Chances are you're more likely to have a flashlight already on hand than the materials required to make this, but for those who love a complicated answer to an easy question, this one's for you: Make a shake flashlight out of a cardboard tube

The MacGyver approach to winter biking

Because, zip ties: The MacGyver approach to winter biking

How to make a human-powered cell phone charger

This is so Macgyver-y it hurts! All you need is piece of wood, some yarn, a mixing beater, a salad fork, some aluminium foil and some scotch tape. Does it work? I have no idea, but I'm so going to try it. I'll report back (by human-powered phone if all goes well): Make a human-powered emergency cell phone charger

17 ways to fix, hack, and upgrade gadgets with Sugru

Sugru can repair pretty much anything. It can be used to fix things that break, crack or rip, customize less-than-perfect objects, and even make things bouncy: 17 ways to fix, hack, and upgrade gadgets with Sugru

10 awesome, cheap DIY projects for geeks

We're talking things like making a solar radio from an Altoids box and a $15 hydrogen fuel cell: 10 awesome, cheap DIY projects for geeks

25 new uses for old jars

This is how Suzy Homemaker does her MacGyvering: 25 new uses for old jars

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Tags: Do It Yourself | Recycling | Repair | Reusability

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