not a kludge

Hall of Fame not a kludge solder star wars tools toy - 5185588736
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Prolific hacker Craig Smith digs up a toy from his childhood:

About 1983, when I was fifteen, I dropped my dad's red Bakelite soldering gun and broke the casing. Of course he was upset, so I did my best to "fix it." So I took my original Star Wars Han Solo pistol and gutted it to hold the soldering gun components. I even ran the lightbulb up into the scope on top. The button on the handle worked well for the trigger switch. Ten years later, when the old house was sold, the gun wound up in my belongings. To this day, when an underpowered iron just won't do, I pull out the "Han Solderer" and get the job done. Half of me likes the mod, the other half is ill over the fact that I gutted my vintage Star Wars toy. What's done is done.
g rated Hall of Fame neat not a kludge oh hungary recycling there I fixed it - 5802359808
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The Hungarian Forint is used in very large quantities ($1 USD = 218 Ft) so the government recycles a few tons of it every year. After shredding it and bundling it into bricks, the currency is shipped to charitable organizations to help with their heating cost.

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And it always looks like he's making fun of my shortcomings. ~Not-So-Handy Andy

bicycle dangerous not a kludge train track - 5327039744
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When going through tunnels, seeing a light at the end isn't such a relief.

~NSHA

g rated Hall of Fame knife not a kludge overkill there I fixed it tool - 5702857472
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I've seen photos of this thing floating around for a while, but never did it occur to me that it's in fact a real product. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer, this Wenger tool holds the Guinness Word Record for being the most multi-functional penknife. Kudos to you if you can name all of its fucntions. If not, here's a real Swiss guy going over how ridiculous this thing really is.

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I'm pissed they took the laser out.