MacBooks and Ejecting a Stuck DVD

Three times in the last two months I’ve had to deal with stuck DVDs in the MacBooks and MacBook Pro in the house.   Unfortunately, all of the macbook laptops/notebooks’ are slot-drives that do not have the pinhole that allows you to manually eject the stuck DVD/CD.  Why, oh why is there no pinhole?  I tried a number of things that I thought I would never do to a DVD drive.  Eventually I had to go to Google for my answer(s).  Macosxhints had some really interesting (dangerous?) suggestions.

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