The Almighty Bobby-pin

As I have gone through my life, I have come to realize the important role that a certain small object has come to play in my life.  This miraculous creation of man is called the BOBBY PIN.  You know what I’m talking about.  Many may be of the belief that it is only good to keep one’s hair in place, but I have come to realize what stupendous qualities and talents this little piece of matter is capable of.  So, in order to more fully educate the general population of the world, I have compiled a list of just a few of things I have learned the bobby pin is good for.


1-Chip bag clip

2-Paper clip

3-Page-turn Tab (for those peculiar page-turns in music that isn’t quite copied correctly)

4-Fish hook

5-Lock-pick (this is frequently seen in movies)

6-Drain-hair hook (invented by my older brother when we were forced to share a bathroom and he was sick of my hair clogging up the drain)

7-Creating a more fitted t-shirt out of a loose-fitting one

8-Diving practice (throw a bobby pin randomly in the water and dive to try to find it — I have used this with my brothers when they are learning to dive)

9-Thread-pin (wrap thread around it to store it for a later day)

10-Art projects (I haven’t used it myself, but I’m sure some beautiful peices of art could be created with bobby-pins and glue alone)

11-Weapon of small-scale destruction

12-As a short circuit (BEWARE — This will ruin the pin)

13-Spit rag weight (for clarinetists who are too cheap to buy and actual spit-rag made for the clarinet)

14-Finger extension for those broken buttons in electronics

15-Reset those gosh-darned little digital toys (you know, with those little inset buttons?)

16-Of course, to keep hair in place

17-A musical instrument (see

18-Unlocking handcuffs (see

19-Christmas Tree ornament hook

20-Decorate them to make “cute” accesories

21-Replace a lost zipper thing (the part you pull)

22-Holding TV/computer/etc. cords together or in a certain place — Just slide the end under a baseboard or whatever.

23-Book mark

24-For use in magic tricks


26-Cleaning under your fingernails

27-Stabbing through those gosh-darned “sealed for your protection” things under the lids of new peanut butter and such

28-Food sampling (used like a toothpick)

29-Getting “food particles” out from between braces on teeth (although not recommended, if the end is small enough, it’s not SO bad…)

30-Some kind of scene earring

31-An Emo tool of causing onesself pain

32-Small clamp to keep things together as the glue dries

34-Tool to push things into place that are meant to be glued together and you don’t want to get the glue on your fingers (like when you’re trying to glue a broken peice of a vase or ceramic figure together)

35-Science class demonstration about magnets

36-Making a stink bomb (

37-Science experiment demonstrating how to improve the quality of metal with heat.

38-Making Tetrahedrons and stuff out of paper paints, tape, and glue

39-Cleaning out your ears

40-For use in finger-football (flick it into the “field goal”)

41-Stabbing bugs for future examination

42-Sharply creasing a peice of paper (usually so much so you can rip the paper on the crease)

43-Cherry pitter


45-Pinning sleeves up (particularly during gym class — This is a common practice amongst girls who feel the need to show off a little shoulder)

46-Clothespin (hanging laundry — I use this inside to keep socks hanging over a hanger or something)

47-Poking open an air-sealed plastic bag (like those Mrs. Fields cookies come in)

48-Cleaning up the edges of freshly-painted fingernails (for those of us with a less-than steady hand)

49-Prying things out of small crevases

50-Poking at dead things (like dead rat/bird/snake/hampster)

And thus we see justs a FEW examples of the uses for this miraculous invention.

6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Tiffanie said,

    Haha. That is awesome. Did you think of those all by yourself? I am probably going to have to use a few of these next time I’m in a jam.

  2. 2

    Chante said,

    Awwww I’m loving the last one, cleaning out your ears, and using it to fix a broken zipper!!!

  3. 3

    Grace said,

    I’m writing an essay on the bobby pin, nice job!

  4. 4

    source said,

    How do you make this site look this awesome. Email me if you want and share your wisdom. Id appreciate it.

  5. 5

    snuggleslave said,

    lol, love this. i was just writing a bloggy mentioning how a bobby pin is the most useful tool in my household. i included a link to this list, because it was the best list i found online re bobby pin usability. nice one bruva!

  6. 6

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