These are awesome little devices for modern settings. Since the magnesium can be readily used for more then just lighting campfires (flares, fireworks, as a chemical, etc) these are truely cool. Go to Comment
Well, these things are far too useful to leave at home.
This + Steel Wool = Firestarted.
This + matches,electrical tape and a little copper wire, primative detonator.
This + Graphite lead from click-pencil = Temporary Carbon Arc Lamp.
Can be taken apart to obtain 6 1.5 volt (sorta) short-life batteries, allowing you to generate anything from 1.5 v to 9 in 1.5 volt increments.
Two stuck together = dangerous handwarmer.
This + two electrodes and water = hydrogen/oxygen generator (in small quantities).
etc,etc. Go to Comment
Will ignite readily if exposed to sufficent voltage (surprising little)
Can be used to make Thermite in addition to other ingredients.
Shredded it can be dropped into electronics to short circuit them.
And of course, scrubbing pots :) Go to Comment
Consists of a metal drill, mallet and a number of wooden spikes. To use, drill an array of holes along where you want to cut, insert wooden spikes and hammer in hard. Then add water, causing the spikes to expand and cracking the stone.
Might be useful in getting out of somewhere in a dungeon. The tools have other uses as well. Go to Comment
The same articals cites the romans as having cross-bladed scissors as early as 100AD, and following the links leads us to everything2.com and the following citation:
"One of the first recorded mentionings of cross-blade scissors, however, was in the Fifth Century. The scribe Isidore of Seville described a cross-bladed shear, with a center pivot, used by barbers and tailors. These scissors did not gain widespread use in Europe until the 1600's. (One thousand years later!)"
So Roman, Dark Age and Renassiance on can all have scissors... Wonder what squelched them in the middle ages? Go to Comment