This guest post by MountainSurvivor and entry in our non-fiction writing contest.
The usefulness of a underwire bra is not in its ability to provide a boost and keep things in place but that it is a true multiple-use survival tool.
After removal from the bottom of the cups, the wires may be manipulated into fishing hooks, a sharp tip created with a wire cutter or sharpening stone and a hole drilled at the opposite end for securing a thread through.
The cups can be separated at the center and re-connected with the right length of a piece of elastic, velcro or cloth belt strap to manufacture the gadget into a pair of earmuffs and then made a better fit by inserting thick soft fleece or pillow stuffing.
The cups can be used as knee’s or elbow’s pads to protect and extend the life of clothing.
One large ‘D’ or ‘E’ cup may have the capacity to cover a baby’s head when you have to travel in the cold or cool outdoors. Attaching a strap to keep it on the baby’s head can be easily achieved with covered velcro or yarn and diaper pins or duct tape. Securing a piece of plastic to the exterior and trimming it to protect the child from potential harm will help to ensure that they are dry and happy.
Bra straps may be cut down their length for replacing broken shoe’s strings, repairing part of a pant’s belt, creating hair ties, securing a bandana or do-rag, cinching one belt loop to another to tighten loose jeans and attaching to the corners of glasses to prevent them from sliding when the wearer’s nose is sweaty or oily or the ear pieces have aged to the point where they have spread out and no longer fit their head as they did when they were new.
The pointed area of the cups may work nicely for cutting to fit around a blistered foot; securing them is best left up to the wearer.
With the ends of the wires shoved into the ground and the top center of their arches spaced six or so inches apart, and a piece of clear or greenhouse plastic placed over top and secured to the ground with weights may provide a mini-greenhouse for sprouting “Sprouting Seeds” for eating or even growing to maturity or beyond.
Wrapping and securing a rock in a cup with rope or tape and adding a length of rope for throwing and retrieval purposes may enable a person who throws well to bring home a small animal for dinner.
The bottom of a whole, uncut cup filled with a layer of cotton and then an inch or two of fish tank charcoal and a second layer of filtering materials added over the first will allow a very thirsty person a means to clean their water so that they may hydrate their body.
Both cups lightly packed with dry moss and the edges secured together well with thread, fishing line, clear silicone or very sticky tape and decorated to resemble a soccer ball or circus animal will provide young children with a safe soft toy to toss around or snuggle up with during nap time.
This contest will end on February 16 2013 – prizes include:
- First Place winner will receive Two cases of MRE’s courtesy of Camping Survival, A Wonder Junior Deluxe hand-mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads, $150 gift certificate for Fiocchi Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo, A Big Berkey Water Filter System courtesy of TruPrep Emergency Preparedness and a one year subscription to Personal VPN service courtesy of unspyable.
- Second Place: A $200 gift certificate for any order from their store courtesy ofShepherd Survival and A Doom and Bloom Mini Trauma Bag courtesy of LPC Survival.
- Third Place: A Bar-ricade door bar courtesy of My Locksmith, Inc.