Monday, September 22, 2008


I bought these shoes last year from Payless for $11. They are awesome and every time I wear them, I receive at least one complement on them. They go with everything and I wear them all the time. Well, this year the rubber sole has started to fall off the bottom of the shoe. I tried to fix this with a stapler, but it doesn’t work for long. So, I had to make a decision. Either wear them with the sole flapping hither and fro, throw them out or permanently fix them. Considering they cost me all of $11 buck, I figured I could invest the $3.50 it would cost for superglue.
I bought the superglue, went home and prepared for the surgery.

I read the package thoroughly, as I always do. I followed the instructions, turning the cap upside down and poking a hole through the top of the tube. That is when things went bad. Out spews an stream of glue, all over my hands.

“QUICK!” I scream to my husband, "turn the hot water on". I rush over to the sink to immediately flush with hot water as I remembered the directions stated. My husband (a.k.a. Dumb) hands me a paper towel. So I (a.k.a. Dumber) grab the paper towel and attempt to wipe the superglue off. SUPERGLUE! It’s called that for a reason people, a very good reason.
Needless to say, sticking my hands under the hot water as the directions stated would have been a better solution than a paper towel. The end result was five of my fingers now had permanent paper towel on their tips. It would not come off.

I tried scrubbing them with soap and water, using a brillo pad. I tried soaking them in Nail Polish remover (as directed). All to no avail. Five fingers were coated white as if I dipped them in paint. After about 15 minutes, when it started to cake and dry, I was able to scrape some of the white off little by little, but it was not pleasant and I am sure the white only came off because I was scraping my skin off with it.

By now, the panic was gone and I was left staring at my white fingers feeling like a complete idiot. I kept trying to tell myself that eventually the white will wear away. What is it that they say? We replace all our skin cells every seven days? So, by this time next week I should look normal again.

I needed air. I went outside to chill a moment and try to think of what I was going to say to people when they ask me what’s all over my fingers. Should I lie and say it was paint or tell the truth and admit I am a complete moron?

That was when the mosquito bit me. They love me, those nasty mosquitoes. So, instinctively I reached for the OFF spray, (which I always keep handy) and began to spray it all over my arms, gently rubbing it in.

To my utter amazement, the glue, the napkin, the white gook, all of it just melted away. Just melted away, I tell you. That fast, that easy, that simple. I sprayed the OFF on my other fingers and “poof” it was gone in a matter of seconds.

And thus, I pass on this amazing discovery to you. Should you ever find your skin superglued together or superglued to something else, like a paper towel for instance, just use bug spray. Works like a charm.


Karen said...

LOL...thanks, now I know. I might need that info in the future...

Maren said...

Never in a million years would I have guessed.... And this is coming from someone who has superglued her fingers more times than I'd like to admit. I hate to say that there will be a next time, but, there will be. So now I'll know what I can use next time.

chantal said...

wow, its amazing the things you find out by accident. You should send in this tip to one of those parents or better homes and gardens etc magazines...some of them pay for cool tips!!

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