Cracker Ingenuity: Tips from the Trailer Park for the Chronically Broke

Cracker Ingenuity: Tips from the Trailer Park for the Chronically Broke

by P. T. Elliott, E. M. Lowry
     
 

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Wondering what to do with all those oil drums in your yard? Does a lack of funds inspire you to race lawnmowers instead of cars, or enter cow-chip-tossing contests instead of bridge tournaments? Ever invite friends over for a fancy dinner only to realize that you're flat broke and fresh out of groceries? Look no further...

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Wondering what to do with all those oil drums in your yard? Does a lack of funds inspire you to race lawnmowers instead of cars, or enter cow-chip-tossing contests instead of bridge tournaments? Ever invite friends over for a fancy dinner only to realize that you're flat broke and fresh out of groceries? Look no further...

Cracker Ingenuity is the ultimate guide to making something out of nothing - a testament to the universal truth that there's more to life than money. Herein you'll find the recipes, instructions, anecdotes, and advice of the masters who have managed not only to get by on hardly a dime, but to have a great time while doing so - from monster truck rallies to state fairs and from high rise trailer parks to four star "troats" (trailer boats).

With Cracker Ingenuity, you'll learn how to make: *Musical instruments from tools *fishing lures from spoons, hypnotizing frog traps, and wild hogbait * whiskey-bottle drinking glasses *a shower from a sump-pump *homemade antifreeze *your own personal landfill *luxurious spa treatments from kitchen-cupboard ingredients.

Plus much, much more, including:
*the canned-food cooking secrets of Betty Cracker * unconventional uses for old tires, cars and bathroom fixtures * natural tobacco alternatives * free entertainment * the history and ingenuity of the trailer * the most monumental trash dwellings ever made * the intertwined legacies of bootlegging and professional NASCAR racing *clever tips for making your rusty pick-up look brand-new* cheap security systems* the wonders of particleboard and astroturf.

The secret to a life of luxury may lie beneath your kitchen sink, in your toolbox or in your neighbor's trash!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Couched as a how-to guide for today's belt-tightening times, this book ostensibly celebrates the all-American resourcefulness that has turned used refrigerators into beer keg coolers and old bathtubs into lawn shrines. But practicalities aside, this is, of course, meant to be a satire, taking the idea of "making do with what you have" to ridiculous extremes. Thus readers get tips for turning old televisions into fish tanks, converting broken down pick-up trucks into backyard pools and using Kool-Aid as hair dye. All this is supposed to have readers laughing down their noses at redneck know-how. If only it were that funny. Though the authors obviously have an eye for tackiness, they fail to turn their material into the stuff of a successful mock handbook. There's no evident irony in their suggestions for how to rig your meter to rip off the power company or how not to pass a drug test, nor in their recipes for such trailer trash delicacies as "Velveeta Fudge" or "Tater-Tot Casserole." Like too much of the book, these recipes are only raw material, still waiting to be shaped into jokes. For all their condescension, filmmaker Elliott and English teacher Lowry have achieved the opposite of the "crackers" they ridicule: instead of making something out of nothing, they've made nothing out of something. B&w photos, 20 illus. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Cracker Ingenuity [offers] a collection of the best tips, tricks, and lifestyle enhancements from the trailer park's best and brightest." (Maxim Magazine, 3/01/03)

"This book is highly recommended — it's interesting and informative, without taking chunks out of anyone's dignity." (Java, 3/01/03)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466871977
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
10 MB

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