Girlfriends: Sneaky Uses for Every Day Objects

June 12, 2009 "Necessity is the mother of invention," he says. "When times are hard economically, it's time to get creative and make the most out of what we have."

Tymony shows people how to turn everyday objects and discarded leftover objects from around the house into valuable tools, toys, and devices that can save replace the need for new products, can save people money and reduce and even avoid needless expense.

Tymony is a real-life MacGyver and has been compared to Mr. Gadget, Maxwell Smart, a mad scientist or a modern day scientific wizard -- only he's the real thing. In grade school, he defended himself against school bullies with the help of a spring loaded shocker hidden up his sleeve. As an adult, he teaches and dazzles people of all ages everywhere with the remarkable demonstrations of ingenuity, imagination and creativity.

"People often take for granted the common items and devices they use in everyday life," the inventor says. "Looks can be deceiving. It's not what things appear to be, it's what they can become."

Tymony says there are "sneaky" ways to save money and re-use discards. You can:

  • • Make a magical, levitating photo display
  • • Create a 007 Gadget Jacket
  • • Turn a paper cup into a simple calculator or a gliding robot
  • • Turn milk into plastic
  • • Twist a screw so that any FM radio can eavesdrop on aircraft broadcasts
  • • Make a radio from a penny
  • • Reveal counterfeit currency with a magnet
  • • Learn how to make alternative energy
  • • Make a boomerang with a bookmark
  • • Turn a TV tray into a 6-foot robot
  • • Make a boat out of milk cartons
  • • Find out how POWs made an airplane out of sleeping bags
  • • Turn holiday cards and gift boxes into boomerangs and toy gliders
  • • Turn used gift wrap into a Frisbee
  • • Adapt a portable AM/FM radio into an aircraft radio receiver
  • • Hide and Sneak: Sneaky ways to secure your valuables
  • • Turn chip cans and a radio-controlled car into a sneaky robot/meal tray
  • • Use holiday odds and ends to make a 007 'Gadget Jacket'
  • • Make an Eco Hat and 'Green' Snack kits to conserve consumables
  • • Make a magical levitating photo display
  • • Use toy walkie-talkies and RC cars into intercoms and room security alarms
  • • Adapt large gift boxes into a Sneaky Robot Recycle Bin

For free access to some of Cy's "sneaky" projects visit and

More about Cy Tymony

By reading comic books and studying science as a young boy he amazed his friends with unusual scientific projects, demonstrations and ideas. He is trained in auto mechanics, electronics, video and audio technology and computer science and has taken courses in martial arts, security and survival techniques.

For decades has focused his enthusiasm, creativity and imagination on educating people of all ages and walks of life. He has appeared at the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and at libraries, schools and bookstores across the nation and in Canada. At the events, he reveals amazing stories about resourcefulness including: people who make boats made out of milk cartons, the window washer who used a squeegee to save an elevator car full of people on September 11, 2001, as well as the story of the Colditz glider, an 18-foot airplane built by prisoners in a German war camp out of materials scavenged from their beds and sleeping bags.

Cy has appeared in episodes of the PBS series Make and has contributed to the website Makezine.TV (Makezine.TV). Make celebrates "inventors, artists, geeks and just plain everyday folks who mix new and old technology to create new-fangled marvels." The series encourages everyone to "invent, revent, recycle, up-cycle, and act up." Based on the popular Make: magazine, each half-hour episode inspires millions to think, create, and make.

Cy is the author of the Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things book series. With a childlike enthusiasm for science and technology, His Sneaky Uses books explore the delight of finding. The first three Sneaky Uses books have sold over 150,000 copies. Their theme is: You can do more than what you think with what you have.

"At no time in history has improving science resourcefulness been more important than it is today," the inventor says. "But learning science should be an adventure, not to memorize and pass a test."

The Books:

  • • Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things 2003
  • • Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things 2005
  • • Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things 2007
  • • The Sneaky Book for Boys 2008
  • • The Sneaky Book for Girls 2008
  • • Sneaky GREEN Uses for Everyday Things 2009

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