Friday, October 5, 2012

First aid for thongs

My sister-in-law S gave me this fabulous quick and easy fix for thongs, to help eke out their oh-so-tragically-short life span for just a little bit longer... if you love wearing thongs as much as I do then this one is a real goodie.
The hole on my old pink pair had enlarged over time, enough for the thong-y bit to start popping out with frequent and very annoying regularity....  In my lifelong scientific observations and road-testing of the humble thong, I have observed that this is the traditional problem spot, the first piece of the apparatus to fail...
S suggested making use of another common and oft-unappreciated little household gadget, the bread-bag closure thing-y
clipping it on over the thong-y bit underneath  (please excuse the highly technical terms in use here) and pull it in nice and firm
voila!
There is a tiny bit of a hump underfoot but they will be perfectly good for a spare pair...
and your thongs will live on to walk another beach  :)

19 comments:

  1. I'm interested to see what non-aussies think of this tip, as I'm not sure the bread closure thingys are as ubiquitous elsewhere. I certainly hadn't seen them before I moved over here, so I don't think they use them in the UK.

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  2. And here I thought that someone else besides me grew up calling these "thongs" until I read that you were in Australia. In America "thong" has come to mean that very skimpy undergarment worn under tight clothes to avoid visible panty lines. The footwear are now called "flip flops" or shower shoes.

    Theresa in Tucson

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  3. Well, bread closey thingys are found in Canada as well. But yes, when I saw the title "First Aid for Thongs" I was thinking undergarment as well.
    Still that's a neat fix regardless of what you call them.

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  4. Theresa, hehe, yes I did know that, but here in Australia the footwear has *always* been thongs while the undies you described are known as g-strings... Viva la difference! Reading your comment reminded me of a slightly related funny memory; when we lived in the US I was totally shocked to hear Americans casually using the word "fanny" like there was nothing rude about it. Here it is definitely unmentionable in polite society! :D

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  5. Fanny?what's that? Anyways, the bread bag closer thingy are used here in US although not all bread companies use them it seems.some use wire type closure.back in my home country malaysia we use the bread bag closure thingy as well :-)

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  6. Ah the bread closer thingy...that would be the little bits of plastic I pick up daily off my kitchen floor after my boys have made sandwiches! I wish I had known about this trick when my oldest son walked out of his "jandals" in Queensland last year. That would have been a much better use of the UFO (unidentified fallen object).

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  7. great idea to save the thongs - for Rachel's info yes they do use those bread bag things in the UK on some brands of bread.

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  8. In reply to Far's comment, over here "Fanny" refers to another part of a woman's anatomy - the part babies come out of!

    When I was a kid I always had a giggle over the Enid Blyton book "The Magic Faraway Tree" - two of the characters were Dick and Fanny. Some more recent editions of the book have renamed them.

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  9. Geez that made me laugh. Only an australian would think to do that.

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  10. Hah! Love the dual use of the bread closure thingy! I wear my flip-flops for years until my foot print is a deep imprint in the foam, and they run thin.
    Also, for the first commenter - the bread closure thingy exists in the U.S. and here in Germany at the very least. :)

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  11. I think the thong manufacturers are going to lose out here - not so many sales! They must bank on "the thong-y bit to start popping out with frequent and very annoying regularity...." and voila you buy a new pair! It might just mean buying your next loaf of bread, and your thongs can live for another few months!

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  12. Good physics, spreading the load over a wider area. Kind of like putting in a patch where you attach stuff to the tent..
    Let me put in a good word for Crocs thongs. They're not only very cushy and comfy, they also attach that same spot to a built-in bread closure thingie :-). Haven't had one pop out yet. I know some people loathe them for the (in)esthetics of the original clog-with-holes, but they have much better styles and I find them great for a rainy day, or the beach.

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  13. What a cool idea with those bread bag tags. Here in this part of Canada (big country with regional language differences) those thongs are referred to flip-flops. I like how words and language is never boring and plays with our imagination!

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  14. oops, excuse my grammar errors above... I'm still working on that first cup of coffee...

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  15. Oh, this is a great post indeed! I´m learning a lot. First, bread tags- we don´t have them in Spain that I´m aware of. But maybe there are other things around to use?
    The discusion about the fanny makes me laugh! when my girl was a baby I used to talk to her in english and she wanted to know the name of this particular female part, and I came out with the rudest word ever (unknowingly, of course) years later we had to rename it to "fanny" as they told me it is not rude...Oh, my! Do we have to change it again? Is there a "children" word for it?

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  16. Ah thank you Carolyn - a tutorial guaranteed to prevent much heartbreak!

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  17. Thank-you for this tip! I will file this one at the back of my brain. I know that it will definitely come in handy one day.

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