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Old 10-13-2019, 10:42 PM
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Can they be modified to comply with CA & NY law?
Just gotta neuter that evil scary pointy end, and then slit them lengthwise or at least cut a notch to stop suction, so they aren’t classified as WMD’s, (Weapons of Mass Drinking). That way it takes at least one other tool, like a tape dispenser or a heat sealer, to make them ready to fully semi automatically suck.

But NYC is impossible. They’re just too large, and allow people to consume far too much sweet drinks too fast. Obesity control is the cities number one goal, apparently.
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I have a supply of both large bore thick strong plastic & paper slurpy type straws.

The paper ones (really stout & moisture resistant)



When I have time, intent is to cut in 4 inch lengths & load with a high powered sparkler like composition that will ignite like a match does (struck against a striker).

Which should make a compact portable military grade emergency fire starter.
I just have not got around to it YET.
Fall is a really busy time for me.

Amongst other things, like staying alive...I'm juggling logging, construction, placer gold mining & other projects

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I have a supply of both large bore thick strong plastic & paper slurpy type straws.

The paper ones (really stout & moisture resistant)

When I have time, intent is to cut in 4 inch lengths & load with a high powered sparkler like composition that will ignite like a match does (struck against a striker).

Which should make a compact portable military grade emergency fire starter.
I just have not got around to it YET.
Be careful, some idiot will think it’s a bomb...
Of course, if you do it wrong...it could be a bomb. So be careful again.
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These are bubble tea straws. They're used to drink an Asian green tea / milk drink known as bubble tea. The tea comes with little tapioca balls (the bubbles) and the straws are about twice as large in diameter as American straws. They also tend to be more robust and durable.

Every time I order out Chinese food I have a bubble tea so I have quite a collection. Given their seeming durability I can't help but think they could be useful for something. Maybe jerry rigging some sort of machinery? I can think of some far-fetched ideas such as miniature blow guns or breathing straws for hiding underwater but nothing serious.

Any ideas? Share your uses for other unusual items people wouldn't normally have a use for.
Secure storage for standard straws!

Fair warning, *some* Californians heads might just explode! Imagine if they were to observe someone opening a disposable container (GASP!) for a disposable straw (DOUBLE OH MY GOSH GASP!!).
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Be careful, some idiot will think itís a bomb...
Of course, if you do it wrong...it could be a bomb. So be careful again.
I have been making black powder & pyrotechnics about 45 years.
If you are NOT careful, you don't last that long...
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I'm not sure what the diameter is on the bubble tea straws but I'm sure you could put useful stuff in them.
I've made a number of waterproof containers with standard sized plastic straws. For First Aid kits I've used them to hold Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen and stuff. Vaseline soaked cottonballs for fire starters. Salt, sugar and spice tubes for our bugout bags.
I have some fatter straws that I used to seal in 3 each AAA batteries for my headlamps in the BoB's and my EDC. I cut little rubber spacers to fit between the batteries so they weren't connecting.

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Yep, that right there. I would think batteries or one time use .22 tubular reloader.
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Be careful, some idiot will think itís a bomb...
Of course, if you do it wrong...it could be a bomb. So be careful again.
As BB is an experienced mining contractor, I'm pretty sure .gov expects that he understands bombs.

Kind of comes with the job description.
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I used such plastic straws to store bleach, which was needed to disinfect drinking water in case of emergency.
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Blowgun.
Breathing tube for hiding in ponds or streams.
Make a poor mans recorder " as in the instrument "
Put a nail that is a snug fit ,but still moveable in the end of the straw. Flick you wrist and launch the nail. Improvised weapon.
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Can they be modified to comply with CA & NY law?
Since they are twice the size of normal straws I think they fall under the dreaded "assault straw" category and are thus illegal to even possess.
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Since they are twice the size of normal straws I think they fall under the dreaded "assault straw" category and are thus illegal to even possess.
I think you may be right. Those are definitely high capacity straws.

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Any ideas? Share your uses for other unusual items people wouldn't normally have a use for.
Tree tap to collect tree sap.
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Sumo pixie sticks. Or stick a bunch together and use instead of a string can phone set.
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