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"What is this stuff?" Jack experimentally poked the strange white sealant, watching it flake away.

The Doctor looked over Jack's shoulder and grinned. "Minties. Fantastic things. They're a chewy sweet that Australians carry in case they need an emergency fuel tank or radiator repair. Probably not ideal for long term electrical repairs, but they did the trick nicely." He clapped Jack on the shoulder and went back to work under the console.

If the sealant was partially masticated candy, Jack wasn't sure he wanted to know the origins of the glowing blue substance he'd found holding the pipe work together.


dw100challenge #139: mysteries
dw100challenge #140: creepy


6th Nov, 2006 10:14 (UTC)
We in America depend pretty much soley on bubble gum for such purposes ... perhaps we lack imagination.
6th Nov, 2006 10:33 (UTC)
Maybe you just lack Minties. Or you have more sense and just eat them. You probably don't want to know what we do to Jaffas.

I ran across a comparison of chewing gum and Minties for fuel tank repairs, apparently Minties aren't as affected by the petrol as the chewing gum.

I'm guessing that if you're in need of an urgent repair you're probably not going to sit by the side of the road mulling over your lolly options and just grab whatever comes to hand first.
7th Nov, 2006 08:29 (UTC)
There's only been one time that emergency fuel tank repair has ever been an issue with me, and in that case I had nothing. I stopped chewing gum after the awful tooth filling incident of 1985.

In our fire department hazardous material kit, there's a special material we use for plugging small holes, which looks rather like powdered clay ready to be mixed with water. Minties would likely work just as well in most cases, although Plug N' Dike is formulated not to react violently with chemicals. We like not reacting violently.