My sister and I watched McGyver religiously when we were kids. I think my favorite thing about him is probably every body's favorite thing - he was able to take whatever and turn it in to...whatever else. Even today, I'm always so pleased when I find a tool that was meant for something else, but it works perfectly for the purpose that I have given it!
Yesterday I was looking everywhere for a particular file. I have a whole bunch of files, and I use them all, but nothing would do but the one I wanted. It's not even a file for metal, but it's my favorite tool for filing smooth rounded ear wires and posts. If you've ever worn a pair of my earrings, then you have benefited from this file's handiwork. Guess what it's true purpose is? It's a fingernail file!
What are your favorite tools, and do you have any that were meant for something, but you use it for something else?