What would make duct tape the best invention ever?
I know it is not literally the best invention ever but this is my speech topic. I have a couple of examples already and a personal story but i need some more reasons why. It would be appreciated if some of the reasons were humorous. Thanks!
Without knowing the examples you already have, it's difficult to know what more can be added without duplication.
There are lots of examples of the multitude of uses, both intentional and unintentional but fun, for duct tape. The link below provides one set of ideas; there are many others.
A former student of mine had his own business, as a seventh grader, creating billfolds out of duct tape for his classmates. His locker shelf was full with a variety of colors so he could personalize the item to the color preferences or team loyalties of his customers. He was also a popular source of help when clothing, backpacks, etc. needed repairs after an accident at school.
Of course, there is the reason duct tape was invented in the first place: to seal the joints in heating and air-conditioning ducts.
Often said: If you can't fix it with duct tape, it's not worth fixing at all.
Duct tape seems to inspire creativity. In 1994 I photographed a girl wearing a prom dress made of duct tape. (I'm pretty sure it had a lining-- or at least backing of duct tape.) Recently there have been a number of postings showing all-duct tape prom outfits.
Also the Red-Green show probably wouldn't have been possible without duct tape.
I recently had to get stitches for a cut on my finger. The nurse seemed surprised that I had a regular band-aid on it. "Lots of construction guys come in with cuts wrapped with duct tape," she explained, "It works really well to control the bleeding."
So, not only does it save energy, and keep hot air from escaping into the atmosphere-- thus reducing global-warming, it also prolongs the usefulness of millions of commercial and household items, delaying their entry into our landfills. It's been a valuable asset to the fashion and entertainment industries, and has saved countless pints of blood in emergency rooms across the country.
For its many uses protecting the environment, providing entertainment, and otherwise contributing to our health and well-being, what could top duct tape as the best invention ever?