Pinch hitters for everyday tasks (like opening a stubborn bottle of nail polish or lighting a candle) and trickier maneuvers (like transporting a birthday cake).
Rubber Band as Bottle Opener
You don't need Vin Diesel biceps to open stubborn tops, just an ordinary elastic. Wrap it around tight to get a stronger grip.
Spaghetti as Candle Lighter
Singed fingertips take the fun out of birthday cake. Use uncooked spaghetti to light multiple or hard-to-reach candles.
Can Opener as Clamshell Cutter
To crack the Fort Knox plastic cases of electronics and toys: Clamp the can opener on the top-right edge of the backside of the package, then cut around the perimeter.
Straw as Necklace Transport
For tangle-free jewelry during your travels, unclasp the chain, thread it through a straw, and fasten.
Toothpicks as Frosting Protector
Afraid plastic wrap will smudge the icing? Stick some toothpicks in the top of the cake to create a tentlike cover.