What we call Southern Ingenuity is a tradition of using what you already have to get the job done. My father would warm his coffee with a propane torch in his workshop to save a trip into the house for a warmup. He wasn't above stirring it with a screwdriver. I also remember him holding a can of beans over a campfire with a pair of pliers. You can do amazing things with tools, including cooking your food.
Drilled Chilli Beef.
When you want to infuse the inside of your roast with flavor, the basic rotary drill makes it so much easier.
Cooking an egg with cellphones.
I was surprised and a bit skeptical when I heard you could cook an egg with two cellphones. It takes quite a bit longer than the conventional methods, but it illustrates the power of things we cannot see.
You have to love a recipe that begins "With a shovel you don't plan on using again..." Cooking chicken or pork with molten lavais an activity restricted to certain locales. This demonstration was done in Hawaii outside the limits of Hawaii Volcanos National Park.
Surely you remember Johnny Depp making grilled-cheese sandwiches with a steam iron in the movie Benny and Joon. Roy and Laura wanted to see if this would really work, and they posted a photo essay of their efforts.
Prison wine made in a toilet.
This is an experimental re-creation that you really don't want to see a picture of. If you have a weak stomach, you won't want to read the entire description, either. Its not the toilet that might make you queasy, its the fermenting garbage in the bag.
Ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.
Rocket scientists at MIT made ice cream with liquid nitrogenat their ice cream social one summer. I'm sure this is faster than hand-cranking with rock salt, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you, too, are a rocket scientist.
Beer in a coffeemaker.
You brew coffee, don't you? You can brew beer in your coffeemaker, too! These instructions bring the process down to a small scale so it's easier to understand.
Canning tomatoes with a solar cooker.
A solar cooker is actually a cooking tool, but this is so cool I wanted to include it. Canning bushels of tomatoes with boiling water in the kitchen in August is like working in an oven. With a solar cooker, you move the operation outside!
Miss Cellania has written for mental_floss since 2007. She is also the managing editor at Neatorama and keeps a small humor blog called Miss Cellania. In her spare time, she is raising a frightening number of children in a small Kentucky town.