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    What else can dental floss be used for other than cleaning your teeth?

    I recently went to my dentist for a regular and routine appointment. This basically involved cleaning of my teeth by a dental hygenist. The appointment passed uneventfully enough as she worked away with basic dental tools which weren't torture devices. After a while, the hygenist stopped to ask me about my flossing habits. I replied that it was difficult enough, especially since I would need a flip-top head if I were to get to the back teeth.

    That brought me to thinking about dental floss. Though thin, it is made of strong stern materials. As I sat in the dental chair I started thinking to myself of the many things it could be used for besides cleaning teeth. When I asked the hygenist what uses she knew of, she told me she knew the complete list, mentioning a few I wouldn't entertain.

    Here's a few I was able to come up with:

    1. fishing line
    2. sewing material
    3. impromptu string for cat toys

    I knew of more the day of my appointment. Which uses do you know of? What are they?

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    Never use it for a cat toy, the minty smell attracts them and they eat it. It may not be strong enough for fishing line, unless of course, you are fishing for something really small for the fun of it.

    It is perfect for debadging a car. The wax provides a sort of lubrication and it's so easy to use. Also good to help remove a stuck ring on the finger. Wrap the waxed floss around your finger from below the knuckle to as close to the ring as you can. Tuck the end of the floss under the ring. Unravel the floss and the ring follows.
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    Yep, I was going to say perfect for debadging a car.

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    If you have a spider pet, you can make a hammock for it. They appreciate strong materials.

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    My cousin's cat got really f-ed up from eating dental floss. Don't let them have it unless you don't care about big vet bills.
    more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
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    For what. A cockroach?
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    Use it to cut a cake.

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    Sewing tubulars and ruptured clinchers.

    I use it and fishing line for pulling electronics through guitar bodies.

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    I just used it to separate a laptop LCD screen from its frame. It was glued on it with some strong 3M double sided adhesive.

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    On woodwind instruments, waxed floss is used as a quick repair for joint corks that have compressed an no longer hold securely. The tenon is wrapped with floss to build it up.

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    You can use dental floss to whip the end of a cut rope to prevent unraveling.

    Yes, you can use floss to whip it; whip it good.

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    I use it to mend smaller items. 5 years ago I used it as a temporary fix on my dads glasses and he still has them, uses them as a "back up" pair. The leg boke off at the joint so I put them together and carefully wrapped the foss around the two broken ends creating a kinda cast, after that I tied the floss ends together and placed a few drops of Crazy glue on the floss, that creates a sweet little epoxy like cast that seems to last forever! =0)
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Use it to cut a cake.

    I prefer a knife, that way I can lick the frosting off of the knife when I'm done! If I cut my tounge while licking the knife its double the pleasure!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    inb4 someone says "bikinis"

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    It is perfect for debadging a car.
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    Yep, I was going to say perfect for debadging a car.
    I have no idea what it means to "debadge" a car. 'splain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    I have no idea what it means to "debadge" a car. 'splain?
    Removing the lettering or emblems on the car. Some think it gives a cleaner look. Others do it to pass the car off as a more expensive model (e.g., BMW 318 changed to an M3)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5saNP7cdFck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    I have no idea what it means to "debadge" a car. 'splain?
    Taking the emblems and words (model name) off a car, to make it look "cool" so know one knows what you are driving (supposedly). I think it's kinda dumb, but I am well aware of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    For what. A cockroach?
    harumph. Just fold it over a few times. You could also use it to stitch closed a knife wound.

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    Sutures, saw a patient in the hospital one night with them. Done by a doctor when the hiking group was four days hike back in the back country. And I believe somebody in prison made a rope from floss to use in an escape.

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    Man, I'm just not going to get ahead today, am I...

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithm0 View Post
    You can use dental floss to whip the end of a cut rope to prevent unraveling.

    Yes, you can use floss to whip it; whip it good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    Taking the emblems and words (model name) off a car, to make it look "cool" so know one knows what you are driving (supposedly). I think it's kinda dumb, but I am well aware of it.
    It's not necessarily just to "look cool," some people just don't particularly like advertising. Be it the car brand/model or some damn logo that a dealership slapped on the bumper, it's generally unnecessary and ugly. Plus such logos and badges make the area more difficult to wash.

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    Dental floss should be in everyone's first add kit. It can be used in many ways. For instance, you sprain your ring finger and can't get that wedding ring off... start wrapping floss tightly around the finger from the tipo down to the base (this needs to be done quickly for alot of reasons) and by the time the floss reaches the ring, the finger is reduced enough the ring slides off. It can also help secure splints and bandages...
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    It is excellent for slicing cheesecake. I use unwaxed.
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