81 Ingenious Uses for Paper Clips

Who would have thought that the humble paper clip could have so many uses? Like how to create necessary items, like a makeshift compass to find your way when you are lost.

paper clips

Put the paper clip to use in cleaning the hard to get at areas in the house; and keep kids busy and entertained with arty projects based on paper clips.

Finding original uses for common items is a sign of a divergent thinker, according to researchers. We have listed 83 ways to use paper clips.

There are articles out there with lots more uses, but we thought we would hone it down to the more useful tips. Always have a few of the smaller and a couple of larger paper clips on hand in EDC. They are so small, but they may save the day at some point.

1. Create magnetic stationery

Wrap straightened out paper clips around pens and pencils and attach them to a magnetic strip on your fridge or at your desk (just not close to your computer). This saves going out and buying expensive magnetized stationery.

2. Rattle snake eggs/scuttling cockroaches

Watch this to see how a soda cap, paper clip, and a rubber band can be placed inside a card. When the person starts to open the card is rattles.

Usually, people don’t get to open it fully as they throw the card and run. It can be labelled as rattle snake eggs that have hatched, or cockroaches scuttling inside the card. It provides some priceless photos of the recipient’s reactions.

3. Chinese hair sticks

To secure a bun, straighten a large paper clip and stick it through the hair to keep it in place.

Ok, they aren’t decorated but they will keep hair up and out of your face while you work.

4. Box opener

Straighten a paper clip and slice through packing tape on boxes instead of pulling and tugging. Box tape is sooo hard to remove if you can’t slice through it, and usually when you need it a Stanley knife or ordinary knife don’t happen to be around.

5. Fidget toys

The first example on this video shows how to make a fidget toy out of colored paper clips. Use it the next time you are waiting in a doctor’s office.

The second one on the video shows how two sewing machine bobbins and a paperclip make an easy fidget toy. Kids will love this one:

6. Cleaning gun

Watch the video that shows how to use a paper clip to clean stainless-steel gun barrels here:

7. Escape handcuffs

Watch this to see the first hack showing how to shape the paper clip to unpick handcuffs. There are 10 hacks here – showing how to make fishhooks, a makeshift lamp wick, safety pins and a whole lot more:

7. Cleaning around taps

That hard to get at ring around water taps in the kitchen and bathroom can be cleaned by bending open a paper clip into an S shape then straightening one end and using it to gently remove the gunk around taps.


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Mindless Banter 79 – Q&A [PODCAST]

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Livestock Breeder Prepper Side Hustle

Becoming a livestock breeder could be one of the most lucrative and self-reliance boosting prepper side hustles that exist.

bantam chickens on ATVa few bantam chickens on ATV and some Peking ducks next to it

The benefits of not only having ample livestock on your survival homestead and honing the skills required to properly tend to them is the primary reason we enlarged our barnyard five years ago.

And perhaps the best part of being a livestock breeder is the fact that it is a side hustle preppers can do anywhere, even if they have just a backyard or a small 10 acre farm to use for keeping the animals.

Livestock breeding as a career or beloved side hustle has been commonplace in rural areas (where all preppers should live) for generations. Raising animals to sell can bring profit regardless of what type of critters you choose to keep, but choosing as wisely as possible can increase your potential earnings exponentially.

The major plus side to this prepper side hustle, beside the obvious cold hard cash aspect of course, is constantly having a supply of meat, milk, and egg producing animals within arms’ reach during a disaster.

But, both the animals you choose to raise, and how sustainable the breeding and husbandry process is on your land, will play a significant impact in how much money you can make with this prepper side hustle and how long you can keep it going during a disaster as a means of barter.

What Is An Animal or Livestock Breeder?

Livestock breeders use their animal husbandry skills along with any knowledge of animal science and genetics to breed animals. Some keepers consider themselves far more of a farmer or a rancher than a breeder, in the most technical sense of the word.

A more formal breeding operation would involve a focused effort on breeding for specific genetic attributes of registered livestock or livestock guardian dogs that would be of show quality.

Livestock Breeding Laws

If you plan on raising any type of herd dog or livestock guardian dog, you may be subjected to state licensing requirements and annual litter maximums. Laws and regulations such as these were created to prevent “puppy mills” and the mistreatment of canine breeding stock.

While there is still no formal education or training background required to become a livestock breeder, the government will still require you to open your wallet and fill out some forms before moving forward with a dog breeding business.

Make sure to adhere to all local and state laws before starting any type of animal breeding business.

Some municipal areas in multiple state may regulate the number, type, and sex of animals that can be kept. For instance, even in some Right to Farm states it might be illegal to keep roosters if you live in an incorporated area.

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A Pregnancy Primer for Preppers

An SHTF scenario may not be the best time to bring a new baby into the world. But it’s going to happen. Without consistent access to contraception, pregnancy rates will likely increase. Someone you know will get pregnant when the SHTF, especially if it’s a long-lasting event.

While the idea of helping someone through pregnancy and childbirth may be frightening, remember this:

Pregnancy is a natural process. Women have been birthing babies since the beginning of time. A woman’s body is truly remarkable in its ability to grow another human.

Much common-sense wisdom about pregnancy and childbirth has been lost in today’s ultra-medical culture. Community midwives have been replaced with high-tech hospitals. Basic knowledge about the ins and outs of pregnancy has been turned over to medical professionals.

Somewhere along the way, pregnancy has become a medical emergency. And with a sky-rocketing cesarean rate, it’s no wonder people are terrified of being pregnant in an SHTF scenario.

If no doctors are available, it’s essential to be prepared. Your knowledge could make a world of difference.

Quick Pregnancy Overview

There’s no need for birds and the bees lesson here. I’m operating under the assumption that everyone reading this post knows where babies come from. But, it’s crucial to have a basic understanding of what comes next.

Traditionally, due dates are calculated based on the last menstrual cycle. Take this date and subtract three months. Then add seven days. This projects a due date that is 40 weeks away.

However, typical pregnancies last from 38-42 weeks. Very few babies come precisely when they’re “due.”

Pregnancy is broken into three trimesters. Miscarriage is most likely during the first trimester. About ten percent of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage, so this may be something you experience as well.

A woman’s uterus grows with the baby. By the time she is twenty weeks pregnant, the top of the uterus is typically even with the belly button. After that, it grows about an inch each week. You can use this measurement to get a rough due date if you are unsure of her last menstrual cycle.

Labor begins when it’s time for the baby to enter the world. Childbirth has three distinct stages: labor, pushing/delivery, and the delivery of the placenta. The labor stage breaks down into early, active, and transition. This corresponds with dilation.

The cervix thins and dilates, preparing for birth. When it’s dilated to 10 centimeters, it’s time for the pushing phase to begin.

Shortly after the birth of the baby, the placenta gets pushed out. It’s important to check this over and ensure there aren’t any pieces remaining inside.

Labor is complete after this stage. Then you can all switch gears and focus on recovery.

Prepping with Pregnancy in Mind

Now that you’ve had a quick overview, it’s time to dive into some practical basics. What can you do to be prepared for a pregnancy in a crisis?

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How Much Does The Right Pest Control Service Cost on Long Island?

Pest Control Service

There are some wonderful and fascinating creatures in our world, even among insects. Yet many of them we do not want to see in our homes. Household pests are a common problem in the USA, one that can be troublesome and at times dangerous, and some can be surprisingly difficult to eliminate.

For example, cockroaches are among the most commonly found pests in the USA. If you have experience with cockroaches in the home, you may already be aware that they are stubborn creatures that survive just about every attempt to eradicate them. This is why it is essential that you engage the services of a pest control professional if you are to keep your home pest-free. 

For Long Island homeowners, one of the leading pest control companies in the field is Majestic Pest Control, as they have been helping keep homes pest-free for some time. A reputation for great service at sensible rates comes with Majestic, but how much does it cost to rid your home of pests? That’s what we want to talk about here, and we are going to look at the various factors that influence the cost of professional pest control solutions. 

What Pests Are You Dealing With?

When you call a pest control company, they will attend your home and perform a survey to determine the type of pests that are infesting your home. They will then give you a quote. However, the average price is somewhere between $100 and $270, according to recent surveys. The type of pest involved is just one of the many aspects that will influence the cost of the elimination process.

Different pests require different solutions to get rid of them, and some are more costly than others. This is why we suggest you always seek quotes from at least two and – if possible – three local pest control companies to get an idea of what you will need to pay.

How Bad is the Infestation?

A further factor that will have an influence on the cost of your pest control treatment is the severity of the infestation. Most household pests have the annoying ability to multiply very, very quickly. A mouse, for example, may have ten litters per year, each one of 5 or 6 young. These young can reproduce after 30 days. It’s easy to see how a few mice can become hundreds in a short time. This is why you should call in professionals as soon as you see a mouse or other pest. 

More pests to eliminate means more time taken, so getting in early is the best thing to do. If you think the multiplication rate of mice is worrying, consider the cockroach. A single female roach can, by way of rapid reproduction, result in 18,000 roaches per year! That’s something to keep in mind! Your pest control professional will quote you for the type and severity of the infestation, so make sure you have a thorough survey performed.

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10 Things You Can Do in 2022 to Think More About Soil And Food

Absorb the healing energies from the earth by walking barefoot on the grass, dirt, plants, and rocks – earthing.

Connecting organically to the earth’s natural electrical charges grounds your body and stabilizes its natural electrical system – regulating circulation, blood flow, brain, and heartbeat – lowering stress and inflammation, while invigorating mind, body, and soul.

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Make a wonderful oasis on your property

wonderful oasis

Once upon a time, you discovered your dream home, fell in love with it at first sight, and lived happily ever after. It may seem like a fairy tale, but what occurred is that your family grew, and your house and lawn shrunk.

Did you see all the beautiful oases in your neighborhood, and did you ever want something like that in your backyard? If the answer is yes, you are at the right place. We have solutions for all your problems, and we will teach you how you can make the best of your property and turn it into a mini oasis.

Of course, here you can find a list of a few things you can do on your own, like a DIY project, and a few things you will need professional help with, so let’s start.

  • Water Feature
  • Firepit as a gathering place
  • Swimming pool 
  • Privacy Fence
  • Grill Gazebo
  • Outdoor Livingroom

Water Feature- DIY project 

If putting together a water feature in a day is about your pace, this is the project for you. This fountain is built around a stone, out of which water will flow into a gravel-filled reservoir below and then back up through the rock using a pump. You may either seek a pre-drilled rock from a local stone provider or drill a hole in it yourself with a rotary hammer drill. Best of all, because it was created without a collection pond, this water feature takes extremely little upkeep. Keeping it out of the sun prevents algae development and keeps the water cleaner.

Fire Pit as a gathering space

Another place where you and your friends can enjoy gathering is around a fire pit. A fire pit or outdoor fireplace might be just what your yard needs to convert it from a simple yard to a paradise. Building a fire pit is simple, and various DIY businesses provide all of the supplies you’ll need to complete this lovely feature. A fire in your yard may bring warmth and comfort to those cold. Even as the weather drops, your visitors and family members may want to remain outside by the fire.

Avoid store-bought replicas, which are frequently fragile; for roughly the same amount, you can make your brick version. It’s simple to clean, requires little care, and lasts a long time. A project like this also serves as an excellent introduction to brickwork. While it will take a few days to complete, much of that time will be spent preparing the footing and mortar. Check your local fire pit rules before you begin; they may need the fire pit to be a specific number of feet away from any structures or overhanging trees.


If you decide to create a firepit, be sure that small children understand the risks that a fire can provide. Consider keeping fire safety equipment, such as a fire blanket and an extinguisher, nearby in case of an accident. Before you call it a night, make sure you extinguish the fire.

Swimming Pool

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Tips for hunting squirrels – Survivopedia

Protein is, without doubt, the foundation of a good survival diet. But in an unfamiliar environment, like the wilderness, you’ll have to work for it. Vs. visiting a store like you could in the city.

Hunting small game is therefore a worthy skill to master if you plan to spend an extended period in the wild. Not only will it keep you well-fed, with valuable meat, it’ll help to boost morale. Since nothing beats that feeling of a perfect kill-shot. Plus, it’ll give you a strong sense of independence, security and dominance over the environment. 

Squirrel hunting is an old skill that’s fast becoming a thing of the past. As deer, boar and other big game prey steal the limelight. In fact, many hunters these days won’t even consider bagging these pesky critters. But is this bad news? After all, it’ll only make your squirrel hunting skills more valuable when SHTF. When other prey get scarce. Even better, you’ll be surprised at how good it tastes. Once you learn to prepare it.

Even better, it’s not as expensive to hunt squirrels as other animals. With minimal gear needed. These small, elusive creatures also make great target practice.

Now, before you plan your first hunt, you should know that there are several subspecies in North America. While those you should target include the eastern fox and eastern gray squirrel since these are the most abundant.

How to tell them apart

To differentiate between these two species you should first look at their size since fox squirrels tend to be larger. The problem with both however is they rarely reach their full growth potential since they’re the preferred prey of many predators.

In terms of color, gray squirrels are a solid gray with small hints of brown and a white underbelly. While fox squirrels are mostly red-brown in color with hints of gray on their back and an orange-red underbelly.

Range and habitat

Gray and fox squirrels can be found throughout North America. From New Brunswick, to California, Florida, and British Columbia. If you live in the Southwest desert areas, nevertheless, you’re out of luck since such squirrels prefer the forests of Arizona and New Mexico. In general, they also prefer conifer woods, with nut-producing hardwoods, but you can also find them in pine forests since they love to eat pine cones.

The favored hardwoods of squirrels are:

  • Hickory
  • Oak
  • Beechnut
  • Pecan
  • Walnut and black walnut
  • Osage orange

Squirrels spend most of their time in the canopy above the forest floor and live in mature trees with an open understory. This creates a safe environment for them since they will spend a good part of the day on the ground searching for food and places to hide it.

They also nest in trees, but will prefer the safety of a den or hollow if available. If you have good eyesight you might even be able to even spot their nests, made of twigs and…

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How to Choose a Perfect Recliner for Your Home in 2022

Perfect Recliner

A recliner is much more comfortable than a traditional armchair and can have additional useful functions. Read this article to find out how to choose this furniture item wisely!

Modern recliners look incredibly stylish and can provide you with much more comfort than a conventional armchair. You might want to buy one for your living room where you watch TV, for your bedroom or home library where you read books or any other type of room. From this article, you’ll get to know how to choose a top-notch recliner for your home. That should be a great investment in your quality of life and well-being!

Types of Recliners

Here are the most common types of recliners you can choose from:

  • Two-position. It’s the most popular type. The two positions it features are upright or completely reclined.
  • Pushback. To flatten out the recliner, you should give it a push with your back. The primary shortcoming of this type is the lack of a footrest. If you enjoy stretching out your legs while relaxing, this might be not the best option for you.
  • Rocker. It can flatten out and also rock when upright. If you have a small kid, it should be easy for you to soothe them in such a furniture item. Or, you can use it to lull yourself to sleep with a gentle motion. The rocker is one of the most affordable recliner types.
  • Power lift. This one is fully motorized. It’s a spot-on choice for consumers who struggle to stand on their own as well as people with disabilities or injuries. When you want to stand up, the chair will gently push you out. This type of recliner normally has a high price tag because of all the technology it is equipped with.
  • Wall hugger. You might want to purchase this one if the space in your room is limited. This furniture item requires about half a foot of space from the wall when fully reclined. It won’t leave scuff marks on your wall or scrape up your paint.
  • Massage recliners. They are rather costly but you’ll appreciate them if some of your body parts tend to ache. The recliner will knead, knock and vibrate your back, neck and limbs, helping you to relax after a busy day. All you need to do to start a massage session is to push a button. Some recliners of this type also feature the heating option.

Please mind that not all recliners allow you to lie flat! If you need this option, make sure to double-check it before the purchase.


Before purchasing a recliner, you should assess the size of both your body and the room where you’re planning to place the chair. Here is the difference between the three available sizes:

  • Small — measures at 39″ or less in width
  • Standard — measures at about 40″ wide
  • Oversized — is 50″ or more in width

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Today is the birthday of Dr. Edward Teller, who co-invented the H-bomb…

Today is the birthday of Dr. Edward Teller, who co-invented the H-bomb and worked on the Manhattan Project. In his later years at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, he was often so deep in thought strolling through the Berkeley hills that he would become confused and disoriented. His assistants would have to go out looking for him.

Today is also the anniversary of the 2009 “Miracle On The Hudson” engines-out emergency water landing.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 98 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  5. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  6. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  7. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $100 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $725,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. Round 98 ends on January 31st, so get busy writing and <a href="https://survivalblog.com/contact/"…

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