Thursday, November 09, 2006

MacGyver's Archival Glossary: Microspatula

A thin cylinder of metal, flattened at both ends, typically used for removing staples, paperclips, and other unwanted items during archival processing. Also useful for/as...

...testing doneness of cakes, muffins, etc
...emergency surgery
...earwax removal
...office drum circles
...a double-bladed lightsaber for your Star Wars playsets

Note: only attempt the above actions under the supervision of a professional. Expect mockery.

5 comments:

Brave Astronaut said...

Don't forget "shiv for the prison yard fights"

it can also be flung at drop ceilings if you are out of pencils - higher level of difficulty to get it to stick.

limebrarian said...

Folks in my office claim that the "bone folder" would be their weapon of choice in a gang fight. They are so misguided . . .

Brave Astronaut said...

There's a reason that archivists are often "down and dirty" with their records! I would take archivists over any other "archives-related" professional.

We tend to be better drinkers, too, I learned that at my first New England Archivists meeting.

Mark E. Harvey, State Archivist of Michigan said...

I have used it for micro eggs.

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