Suggestions culled from Reddit and the Interwebz, these life hacks and tips will help make your life so much easier.
1. Increase the life of your razor blades by sharpening it onto a pair of jeans
Take any pair of jeans and place it on a flat surface. Begin stroking the razor along the entire length of the jeans 10 to 20 times. Then switch directions. By doing this, not only will you extend the life of your blades but also save you tons of $$$.
2. A few useful Google Chrome extensions:
1. Hola allows users to access content blocked in countries, companies, or schools where they are censored. The extension, however, is most notably used for accessing Netflix in different regions (like British Netflix or Canadian Netflix) which allows users to see shows and movies that are not available in their country.
2. Streamus turns YouTube into a music player. Essentially, you can create your own playlist and saves you the hassle of opening a new tab every time you want to listen to a song.
3. Pocket allows users to save the articles they want to read. You can make a free account and begin saving articles that you come across online. The articles sync up across all your devices you own.
4. AdBlock Plus is an immensely helpful extension (available in most browsers) which blocks all those annoying ads (banners, pop-ups, YouTube promotional ads, Facebook ads, etc.). Not only that, but you also minimize your risks of getting your computer infected with malware and viruses.
3. If you have an old cell phone…
Keep it charged and powered off in your glove compartment. All cell phones are able to make free calls to 911 on any network they can connect to. You don’t even need to have a SIM card to dial 911.
4. Look more photogenic by accentuating your jawline
Move your head towards the camera and slightly drop your chin. By doing so, you are creating more definition along the chin and neck area. Seriously, you have to watch the video.
5. Fit both bowls in the microwave at once
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6. Every Target shoppers should know this
If you shop at Target, this is something useful.
7. If you have multiple credit cards, keep one separate from your wallet or purse.
This tip will come in handy if you lost your wallet or got it stolen. A backup plan for when things go south.
8. Having a baby photo might get your lost wallet returned
Psychologists in Scotland did an experiment with 240 wallets “lost” around city streets. Surprisingly, wallets with baby photos had a higher return rate than those that didn’t. Read more of the results here.
9. If you find a lost iPhone
On the subject of lost items, if you ever find a lost iPhone (and assuming you’re a good Samaritan), you can find the owner by asking Siri, “Who does this iPhone belong to?”. If that does not work, try the following: “Call my wife,” “Call my husband,” “Call my sister,” “Call my mom”.
10. This will forever change the way you eat chicken wings
11. Wrap a wet towel around your beverage and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes for it to be almost completely ice cold
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12. Increase your chances of winning a raffle
When entering a raffle and writing down your personal information on the piece of paper, crumple it in your hands a little bit and unfold after. When it comes time to pick a winner, the person grabbing the paper will more likely than not pick the entry that has creases around it than all the other flat pieces of paper –rosstamonsta
13. Rinse bacon in water to minimize shrinkage
14. If you are dieting, try one of the following:
1) chew gum2) drink water3) gargle mouthwash
15. Boil eggs with baking soda
16. Make sure you add your email attachment before writing a message
There is nothing more annoying than sending a message which is supposed to have an attachment and then forgetting to include the attachment. Add your email attachment first before writing a message.
Also, when writing an important email, leave the “to:” field blank until you’re ready to hit send. This will prevent you from accidentally sending emails that are not finished.
17. Make a CD case from paper
Protect your CDs, DvDs, and video games from scratches. Genius.
18. How to remove a ring with dental floss
This is extremely helpful and is probably one of the least painful solutions to get your ring off your finger. It’s liberating. Not to mention that it takes less than a few minutes too.
19. Remove tourists from your travel photos
20. Ever wonder what Google knows about you?
Via Frederic Haddad
Now you can. Go to Google’s ad preference on your browser and it will open the profile that Google created for your browser on your computer, which is linked to you if you use that computer and browser.
21. Sugar can cure a burnt tongue
Sprinkle sugar on top of your burnt tongue and let it dissolve.
22. Press a hot spoon onto a mosquito bite to destroy the reaction and stop the itching
Heat up a metal spoon under hot tap water for a minute or so and then press it directly against the bite. Do this for a few minutes, and when you take it off, the itch should be gone for good.
23. Use leftover toilet paper rolls to store wrapping paper
This will prevent the wrapping paper from becoming unfolded.
24. Use a bread tab or a paper clip on the tape roll to hold its place
This goes for masking tape as well. Saves a lot of time and frustration.
25. Know how many days are in each month
You might have been taught this as a child, but it can be helpful for when you can not access a calendar.
Just remember: When the month lands on a knuckle, there are 31 days. When the month lands on a groove, there are thirty days.
BONUS: 10 life lessons learned from a Navy Seal
This was a commencement speech by Navy Admiral William McRaven at University of Texas at Austin. It’s 20 minutes of your life that will be well spent.
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. Start each day with a task completed.” – Naval Admiral William H. McRaven