If your family, like mine, walks on the dysfunctional side of the street, you value distractions—any distraction—during holiday gatherings. Why not, then, in the interest of family harmony, ponder this question?:
Duct tape has been around since World War II and highly visible in consumer markets since the 1960s. (WD-40—the yin to Duct Tape’s yang and one of the few substances that can remove it from sticky situations—also has military provenance. It dates from 1953.)
Why then, if I’m right, did it take three decades for Duct Tape to penetrate the silver and television screens? Perhaps the cinema and TV police refused to allow it. After all, you don’t need to be an Eagle Scout with a black belt in top knots to secure your friends and loved ones to the furniture. With duct tape in hand, every American young’in with motive and opportunity might become a Houdini in reverse.