From my column Square Root of Not
at Science 2.0
Second-hand stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and local mom & pop shops are treasure troves of things to hack or re-purpose. When you hack something you’re probably using it in a way in which it was never intended to be used so, there is always a risk that things might not go the way you planned. But since you can get items from second-hand stores on the cheap, you don’t care too much if you are disappointed with the results. Luckily, this "MacGyverism" was successful. I'll demonstrate how I converted an olive oil bottle into an alcohol lamp.
This build includes, glass, a flammable liquid (rubbing alcohol
), boiling water, and fire so, given this lawsuit-happy country in which we live, I’ll borrow a quotation that appears at the beginning of every Mythbusters episode:
Adam Savage: Don’t try this at home.
Jaime Hyneman: EVER!
Adam Savage: We’re what you call "experts.”