Life is full of problems, big and small, and everyone has to deal with them. Running away from them to a remote island won't solve them; the pesky darn things seem to know how to get around, constantly finding a way to haunt us. Most of us mortals don't have the money for it in the first place.

So we have to solve them. And, believe it or not, we can do it even without having all the answers. All it takes is a little creativity. And to show you that human ingenuity has no limits when it comes to making life easier, Bored Panda has compiled a list of clever life hacks. Can't cut an onion without tearing up? Put on your ski goggles. Don't have a coin for a supermarket trolley? Use a round-headed key instead. In a way, I guess, we're all engineers, applying rational thinking to develop solutions. We just need to remember it.

#1

I Wanted Natural Light In A Basement That Has No Windows

I Wanted Natural Light In A Basement That Has No Windows

Paid $10 for two old windows, painted them, frosted the glass, installed them into my wall with LED lights behind them. Now it’s always 2 pm at the basement bar.

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the child
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1 month ago

THAT. IS. GENIUS.

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Don't worry to implement an idea you've just come up with, even if you think it looks dumb. Bence Nanay Ph.D., who is a BOF Research Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp, for example, thinks that stupidity is part of human nature.

"We are influenced by various cognitive biases that we are not aware of," Nanay wrote in Psychology Today. "The music we are listening to influences our opinion of the wine we drink, the weight of the spoon influences how creamy we find the yogurt and our moral assessment of strangers depends on what movie we have just watched. I call this paradigm of empirical findings the 'We're All Stupid' paradigm."

#2

That’s Brilliant

That’s Brilliant

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

I've done this since I was a kid.. my mom use to do it, cause her mom did it.. etc..

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According to Nanay, even expert probability-theorists are very easily fooled into making the most basic mistakes about probability and wine experts routinely mistake white wine with added odorless colorant for red wine.

"I argue that we should embrace our stupidity. Rather than setting ourselves up to fail all the time, we should take our emotion-infused, irrational, oversimplifying mental setup as the baseline," Nanay said, adding that it is only in those rare and exceptional moments when we manage to overcome our stupidity and achieve true rationality.

To put it simply, you won't come up with something extraordinary if you're afraid to fail -- we all do.

#3

After Repeating 6 Times That I Want To Cancel My Comcast Xfinity, I Finally Figured Out How To Get Them To Stop Arguing And Actually Do What I Asked

After Repeating 6 Times That I Want To Cancel My Comcast Xfinity, I Finally Figured Out How To Get Them To Stop Arguing And Actually Do What I Asked

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

*takes notes for future use*

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#4

My Dog Rolo Has Always Been A Messy Drinker, My Girlfriend Turned His Water Bowl Into A Moss Garden To Keep The Place Tidy

My Dog Rolo Has Always Been A Messy Drinker, My Girlfriend Turned His Water Bowl Into A Moss Garden To Keep The Place Tidy

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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1 month ago

Cute!

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#5

My Dad’s T Got Splattered With Bleach, He Decided To Fix With More. I Found It Adorable

My Dad’s T Got Splattered With Bleach, He Decided To Fix With More. I Found It Adorable

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

My friend did this with a pair of pants and ended up giving it a tie dye look using more bleach.

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#6

My Grandpa Uses The Actual Hardware For Labeling The Drawers

My Grandpa Uses The Actual Hardware For Labeling The Drawers

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

so cool!

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#7

This Gentleman At Target Who Reversed His Hooded Sweatshirt To Make A Puppy Pocket

This Gentleman At Target Who Reversed His Hooded Sweatshirt To Make A Puppy Pocket

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Naww, such a lil cutie. I remember when I had a customer came into my work and opened up her backpack and inside was a baby joey. It needed regular feeding so couldn’t be left in it’s own. I couldn’t tell anyone coz she could have gotten kicked out of the shop as animals are not allowed unless they are registered service animal.

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#8

I Should Do It Myself As Well

I Should Do It Myself As Well

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Hans
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1 month ago

Cannot decide if clever or sad...

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#9

Friend's Sister Lost Her Car Key While Jogging, Someone Else Made Sure She Found It

Friend's Sister Lost Her Car Key While Jogging, Someone Else Made Sure She Found It

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

This should be made law worldwide

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#10

Changed The One Earphone Rubber To Black To Quickly See Which Is Which

Changed The One Earphone Rubber To Black To Quickly See Which Is Which

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Simple, effective and smart. Should be higher

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#11

Putting Together Furniture? Use Some Of Its Styrofoam Packaging For Keeping Small Parts From Disappearing

Putting Together Furniture? Use Some Of Its Styrofoam Packaging For Keeping Small Parts From Disappearing

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Francis
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1 month ago

looks like ikea :D always check first if something is missing!

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#12

Hand Sewing A 1/4 Inches Hem And I Hate Juggling The Ruler

Hand Sewing A 1/4 Inches Hem And I Hate Juggling The Ruler

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

Nailed it!

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 month ago

With puns like that, you rule!

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tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

This is great

zims
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a stylist once who had a ruled tattooed on her finger so she could accurately judge how much she was cutting

Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

Your mark is off by about 1/32nd of an inch.

Parmeisan
Community Member
1 month ago

I saw that too and was like "Systemic error! No! That will really add up!" but I guess it's a hem, as long as it's the same amount all the way around it shouldn't really matter.

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LaDonna Hulcy
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1 month ago

LOVE IT!!!

Emmaline Yuzu
Community Member
1 month ago

can i upvote this 10 times?

Lu
Community Member
1 month ago

So smart!!!

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you!

Lana Raven
Community Member
1 month ago

My nana used to do this when she made our clothes :)

Pauline Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I say, a bit of all right.

AndersM
Community Member
1 month ago

Smart!!

Becky Leeman
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you have clubbed thumbs? There are groups on Facebook for us!

MysticalMan
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect!

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats pretty smart!

CORLEONE
Community Member
1 month ago

What's that dial 911 has todo with the ruler. US is strange

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

Rulers are often also promotional items. This may have been given to schoolchildren by a local fire department. I believe that's where mine came from.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

Made in USA to make sure that no-one will be exposed to that evil/ communist metric system! :D

Magpie
Community Member
1 month ago

Very smart!!

Steven Scott
Community Member
1 month ago

*Inch

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

The multi use of the thumb with hand sewing. I use my 'eye' for the measurements when sewing hems.Years of experience helps. This idea really works well

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Some things are so simple that no one thinks of them. Some actually become millionaires for the simplest things. Push pins, thumb tacks, paper clips, sticky notes, etc.

JustRoz
Community Member
1 month ago

Super clever!!

Stacie Wyatt
Community Member
1 month ago

cool

Phillis Rosenthal
Community Member
1 month ago

Great solution

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish I had thought of this!

Marcia Clark
Community Member
1 month ago

That is sooo clever. Do you have anymore sewing related tips??? Thanks!

Lois Arrowood
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a gage on my sewing machine that measures so I don’t even have to.

Jean-Francois Brisson
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait... Did no one see the hidden distress call?!

Mandy Carr
Community Member
1 month ago

Now that’s brilliant 😄

Diana Dodd
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome hint!

Dawn K
Community Member
1 month ago

The measurement might be off just slightly because your thumbnail is curved and if you flattened it out it would be just a bit longer/wider. But if it's a project that doesn't have to be exact then this is a pretty good idea.

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

A-hem. that is a good idea

Uma Maheswar Nakka
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW

Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 month ago

Damn, that 's a good idea!

Ernesto Q
Community Member
1 month ago

I added one inch marks on birding field guide's back cover to help me estimate bird size when identifying.

gfa0111
Community Member
1 month ago

🥳

DotC
Community Member
1 month ago

I would do that

Denise Mclean
Community Member
1 month ago

Now that is an idea !

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Great idea!

Marnie
Community Member
1 month ago

This is brilliant.

Warren Hall
Community Member
1 month ago

A GREAT life hack.

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
1 month ago

Cleveeeeer !

Carol Goodson
Community Member
1 month ago

BRILLIANT

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a very thin ruler and put a paper clip where I want the measurement

Anagram margana
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that your rule of thumb?

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

BRILLIANT!

Ben
Community Member
1 month ago

1/4 inches? That should be around 1/16 potatoes!

Max L.
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would such hint printed on a ruler... ?

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

They make a foot for the machines to maintain an even Hem.... just saying

Alex Bailey
Community Member
1 month ago

But they are hand-stitching it - probably to do the hem invisibly.

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#13

He’s So Small He Can Sneak Through The Fence When He Goes Outside, So He Must Wear The Escape-Proof Wiener Bun Of Shame At Potty Time

He’s So Small He Can Sneak Through The Fence When He Goes Outside, So He Must Wear The Escape-Proof Wiener Bun Of Shame At Potty Time

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

HOT DOG ;)

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#14

Wearing A Face Mask For An Extended Period Of Time. Sew A Button To A Headband To Keep From Destroying Your Ears

Wearing A Face Mask For An Extended Period Of Time. Sew A Button To A Headband To Keep From Destroying Your Ears

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

An original idea which I'm sure could benefit essential workers and us alike

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#15

This Bra Used To Protect A Horse's Infected Eye, Whilst Also Allowing It To See

This Bra Used To Protect A Horse's Infected Eye, Whilst Also Allowing It To See

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

Poor horse. Hope it's better now.

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#16

Sneaky Grandpa

Sneaky Grandpa

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't it sad to be societally forced to do something literally against your beliefs to come up with such an idea?

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#17

You Can Connect Two Ziplock Bags By Flipping One Inside Out To Make A Larger One

You Can Connect Two Ziplock Bags By Flipping One Inside Out To Make A Larger One

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

Brilliant idea if you have young children.

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#18

"Grandma, Do You Have Some Rice That I Can Put My Phone In? It Got Wet." - She Pulls This Out Of A Cabinet

"Grandma, Do You Have Some Rice That I Can Put My Phone In? It Got Wet." - She Pulls This Out Of A Cabinet

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Wolfblood Fanatic
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1 month ago

Wow

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#19

My Husband Made This Book-Holder-Opener For Me To Ease Hand Cramping

My Husband Made This Book-Holder-Opener For Me To Ease Hand Cramping

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Laura Jones
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1 month ago

should market this i would buy one

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#20

A Life Hack For Anyone In Higher Education

A Life Hack For Anyone In Higher Education

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

But they still have to pay for those $400 books written by their professor...

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#21

When You Don't Have A Suit But Need One

When You Don't Have A Suit But Need One

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

I think this is a great hack as not everybody can afford a suit

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#22

When Your Phone Touch Is Broken

When Your Phone Touch Is Broken

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Laura Jones
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1 month ago

its these techno tips that are invaluable for us non technos who would never work these things out

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#23

Instead Of Buying Those Cheap Plastic Chair Mats, I Bought A Box Of Laminate Flooring Planks And Put Them Together. Took Less Than 10 Minutes And Feels Sturdy. Chair Rolls So Smooth

Instead Of Buying Those Cheap Plastic Chair Mats, I Bought A Box Of Laminate Flooring Planks And Put Them Together. Took Less Than 10 Minutes And Feels Sturdy. Chair Rolls So Smooth

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Looks good but you should buy a mat for the chair to protect that laminate floor. You can get plastic ones for pretty cheap.

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#24

Someone At My Work Created A Clock Out Of Two Cups To Keep Track Of How Fresh The Coffee Is

Someone At My Work Created A Clock Out Of Two Cups To Keep Track Of How Fresh The Coffee Is

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolute genius

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#25

In Queensland We Get A Lot Of Insects Who Escape The Heat By Getting Inside Via The Drains. My Wife Had This Idea As A Barrier. Those Are Stocking Socks

In Queensland We Get A Lot Of Insects Who Escape The Heat By Getting Inside Via The Drains. My Wife Had This Idea As A Barrier. Those Are Stocking Socks

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Debbie Archimedes
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1 month ago

Because SPIDERS!

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#26

The Vet Said The Anti-Scratch Cone Would Be $50.00. Tractor Supply Had It For $19.95

The Vet Said The Anti-Scratch Cone Would Be $50.00. Tractor Supply Had It For $19.95

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ZombieGirl
Community Member
1 month ago

But you can get an actual cone from a pet store for the price of that hat, lol

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#27

I Was Running Late For Work And Couldn't Find Her Leash, This Is How I Walked My Dog This Morning

I Was Running Late For Work And Couldn't Find Her Leash, This Is How I Walked My Dog This Morning

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Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

I sure hope you gave that good girl a treat after the walkies!

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#28

Crazy Sore Muscles But No Bath Tub? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

Crazy Sore Muscles But No Bath Tub? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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Hańka
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1 month ago

I'd be stuck inside forever ...

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#29

To Remove Strong Adhesive Labels From Plastic Containers, Simply Put Them In The Freezer For A Few Hours Before Peeling

To Remove Strong Adhesive Labels From Plastic Containers, Simply Put Them In The Freezer For A Few Hours Before Peeling

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you, I will try this next time. If it does work, whether you're male or female, I will divorce my wife and marry you. This has been a bane of my life for so long; my wife will understand.

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#30

Got Her Spayed And The Vet Didn’t Have Cones Small Enough

Got Her Spayed And The Vet Didn’t Have Cones Small Enough

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Olivier Caissy
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1 month ago

Accurate

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#31

The Easiest Way To Water Your Garden

The Easiest Way To Water Your Garden

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Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
1 month ago

That will only work if it's raining. But if it's raining, they're getting watered anyway

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#32

Use Bobby Pins To Untie Stubborn Shoelaces

Use Bobby Pins To Untie Stubborn Shoelaces

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus! If you live in real-world computer game, you can also use them to pick locks

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#33

Need Tweezers In A Pinch?

Need Tweezers In A Pinch?

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Genius

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#34

Soviet Lifehack

Soviet Lifehack

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Pauline Bennett
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1 month ago

I'd still spill the bloody thing.

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#35

If You're Like Me And Have A Broken Laptop Hinge

If You're Like Me And Have A Broken Laptop Hinge

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

Ah.. the struggling student.

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#36

I Use The Selfie Camera More To Plug Things Into The Back Of My Computer Than To Actually Take Selfies

I Use The Selfie Camera More To Plug Things Into The Back Of My Computer Than To Actually Take Selfies

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Clandestine
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1 month ago

I use a pocket mirror...

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#37

Why Is This Not Marketed As A Feature On All Wheelbarrows?

Why Is This Not Marketed As A Feature On All Wheelbarrows?

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

Because your back is all kinds of dirty now.

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#38

Hate When Companies Ask For Your Email Address? This Is For You

Hate When Companies Ask For Your Email Address? This Is For You

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Ivo H
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1 month ago

I'm not sure if this isn't only gmail-specific thing. Always make sure your email provider supports this before using it for real services.

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#39

New Safe Browsing Accessory

New Safe Browsing Accessory

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Adam C
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1 month ago

omg this is genius.

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#40

Cables Managed

Cables Managed

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

You can get removable cable ties, that WHEN you need to change a cable, you dont run the risk of cutting a cable.

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#41

My Grandma's Elderly Neighbors Have A Hook And Pulley System To Pull Groceries Up To Their Kitchen

My Grandma's Elderly Neighbors Have A Hook And Pulley System To Pull Groceries Up To Their Kitchen

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Rajani Karoti
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1 month ago

Very common in India

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#42

Many Thanks To The Stranger Who Let Me Know There Was No Bog Roll Today. I'll Be Doing This In Future When I Can

Many Thanks To The Stranger Who Let Me Know There Was No Bog Roll Today. I'll Be Doing This In Future When I Can

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d bradley
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1 month ago

bog roll?

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#43

Reuse A Pringles Can For Other Snacks That Come In Bags To Avoid Loud Bag Crinkling In The Office

Reuse A Pringles Can For Other Snacks That Come In Bags To Avoid Loud Bag Crinkling In The Office

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kate h
Community Member
1 month ago

This might also work for my dogs, who would sleep through a home invasion but can hear a crinkling bag from 6 rooms away.

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#44

Use A Fork When Grating Last Bits Of Food To Avoid Possible Injury And To Shred Really Really Really Quickly

Use A Fork When Grating Last Bits Of Food To Avoid Possible Injury And To Shred Really Really Really Quickly

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

But... when the end of the fork hits the grater...?😬

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#45

My Grandma’s Technique For Cooking With Hot Oil

My Grandma’s Technique For Cooking With Hot Oil

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Why not a stove glove?

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#46

When Disassembling Items, Punch Your Screws Thru Some Cardboard And Label The Sets. This Will Help You Retain Your Hardware, Remember Placement And Order Of Reassembly

When Disassembling Items, Punch Your Screws Thru Some Cardboard And Label The Sets. This Will Help You Retain Your Hardware, Remember Placement And Order Of Reassembly

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Pauline Bennett
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1 month ago

Almost the same as the styro-foam idea

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#47

My Mom Uses Ski Goggles When She Cuts Onions

My Mom Uses Ski Goggles When She Cuts Onions

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

Use really sharp knives, that helps a lot

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#48

How My Grandma Closes The Bag Of Chips

How My Grandma Closes The Bag Of Chips

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Mimi777
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1 month ago

HOW!?!

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#49

This Genius Watching Taken Using A Clear Plastic Bag To Hold His Phone On A Plane

This Genius Watching Taken Using A Clear Plastic Bag To Hold His Phone On A Plane

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Adam C
Community Member
1 month ago

smart

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#50

Don't Have A Coin For A Supermarket Trolley? Use A Round Headed Key Instead

Don't Have A Coin For A Supermarket Trolley? Use A Round Headed Key Instead

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

Stick your key into a small hole where it doesn't belong? No thanks, that's a good way to lose a key.

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