Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it—sometimes, the dumbest-sounding ideas turn out to be diamonds in the rough, real pearls of wisdom that make our lives a shade better. We’re talking, of course, about life hacks! Specifically, the kinds of hacks that sound like fake nonsense but are real lifesavers for some people.

After redditor Rat-avec-London asked other users of the site to share exactly those kinds of life hacks, they responded with over 26.6k comments. The thread quickly went viral, getting more than 75k upvotes at the time of writing, as well as attracting media attention. Check out some of the most intriguing life hacks that people shared below and upvote the ones that you liked the most. And remember—just because something sounds fake doesn’t mean it is (and vice versa).

#1

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Using your turn signal actually can help other drivers know which direction you plan to go and makes driving safer for everyone

Itsallaboutthecones , rmkoske Report

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
2 months ago

And pressing the brake pedal will slow down the car - that can also be useful, especially if you're planning to stop soon.

J Rob
Community Member
2 months ago

HA Ha ha!

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Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
2 months ago

How is this a hack? It's following the law

Tacocat
Community Member
2 months ago

Have you been to florida?

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

And pedestrians too

Pixie
Community Member
2 months ago

THIS!!!

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Ahmed Nakhuda
Community Member
2 months ago

Everyone-It is sarcasm. A number of people don't use the turn indicators expecting the motorists behind to guess and live life on the edge.

Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope this is a sarcastic one

Stephanie Keith
Community Member
2 months ago

You need to turn your turn signal on well before you turn. Not as soon as you're turning. So many people do this and it's not how that works.

Christopher Walkies
Community Member
2 months ago

THIS should be the headline of the post. It's the worst bad driving habit everywhere. Otherwise good drivers do this all the time. It's not IF you use them, it's WHEN.

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't get this. This is mandatory and it's what the turn signal is for. How is this a 'life hack'?

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 months ago

This is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. However, calling it a "life hack" may get more people to do it. We need to spread this idea around Atlanta!

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Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't you have to know this before they give you a license? This is not a life hack, it's essential knowledge to operate a vehicle.

Premislaus de Colo
Community Member
2 months ago

How is that fake-sounding?

Alyssa Fiedler
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't get it either, kinda dumb

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Kristin Ingersoll
Community Member
2 months ago

Isn't that the whole point???

Alex the awful German
Community Member
2 months ago

Finally! A mistery explained....

JXXXF
Community Member
2 months ago

Drives me nuts when people don't indicate... I drive a car and a vespa so I am always double aware but still... indicators are literally at your fingers...

MizAdeleM
Community Member
2 months ago

As we say in New England, "Use ya blinkah!!"

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

And obviously not everyone knows that because they rarely use it!

KatHat
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially if used more than one second before the turn. Gah that drives me bonkers.

Alyssa Fiedler
Community Member
2 months ago

hahaha, "drives"

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Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

Are they being facetious? or targeting BMW drivers?

giovanna
Community Member
2 months ago

I dont understand.. is this a life hack? Where I live it is compulsory

Kendra Miller
Community Member
2 months ago

A predictable driver is a safe driver.

Heather Makemson
Community Member
2 months ago

How is this a "hack"? Isn't this just a regular courtesy or, depending on states, a driving law?

Angela B
Community Member
2 months ago

My psychic ability is greatly increased when people use their indicators.

Toni
Community Member
2 months ago

this should actually be normality when driving a car... not a "life-hack" .. holy sh**.. in which dimension are we?!?!?!?!?!?

Debbie Lavender
Community Member
2 months ago

really? driver’s ed 101

Jessica Aubé
Community Member
2 months ago

This isn’t a life hack ??? This is like, a real thing , the law , everyone knows this about it turn signals ??

XxxPotatoes_rockxxX
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats actually very smart I wonder what the police would say..

Peter Bear
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not a life hack. This is 1) common sense, 2) the express purpose of a turn signal, and 3) one of the rules of the road that we're all supposed to be taught.

Evan Scheu
Community Member
1 month ago

The amount of idiots not knowing this is a joke upsets me.

Mr Pickles
Community Member
2 months ago

Using your turn signal before turning is also a good idea!

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

When learning to drive you are taught to use signals . So how the hell is this a " Life Hack "??

Mary Peace
Community Member
2 months ago

You are taught it when you learn to drive, but people get lazy, maybe don't bother if they think other traffic is not affected, or they can't see a police car, etc. So putting it here (even tho it's a rule of the road) is sarcasm, because so many don't bother.

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Evaldas Sumila
Community Member
2 months ago

this is not life hack, its the rule of the road.

Elizabeth Calvert
Community Member
2 months ago

The fact that this is listed as a live hack though rather than the fact that it's the to get people to use their turn signals 🤦🏼‍♀️

Amery
Community Member
2 months ago

We 18 wheelers SURE DO love ya for it!

Clearly sunny
Community Member
2 months ago

Gee yah think!🤨

jade s
Community Member
2 months ago

How is this number 1. Its not a life hack, its just common sense.

Mina Minx
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not a hack.

SBW71
Community Member
1 month ago

Can't always trust a blinker though

Tequila4Two
Community Member
2 months ago

So sad that this is now called a life hack.

Doubleheader
Community Member
2 months ago

As a cyclist on the road, please PLEASE use your turn signals. We don't know if you're going to pull up in front of use or not if we're coming up beside you.

Katie Morris
Community Member
2 months ago

Thought this was common sense ???? Who ever does not use the signals is just an idiot who does not know how to drive !!

NWB
Community Member
2 months ago

Are you kidding? EVERYONE should be doing this!! This isn't a hack it is a requirement to bloody drive!

Caryn Zent
Community Member
2 months ago

Ummmm this is a hack? It's actually normal driving.

Elisa Held
Community Member
2 months ago

Uhm. What is new with that information?

A. Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

welp, that is the whole point of turn signals. Not everyone has those mind reading powers. :\

Cigdem Kanburoğlu
Community Member
2 months ago

Isn't it mandatory? If you are caught by police without doing it, then u need to pay a penal fee, at least in my country!!!

Mark Berry
Community Member
2 months ago

This shouldn't be a "hack". It should be common sense & common courtesy...should be

Chantel Atwell
Community Member
2 months ago

uh, isn't this common knowledge?

D K
Community Member
2 months ago

Rule zero ffs

MaryAnn Ryan
Community Member
2 months ago

Does this need to be explained?

Grady'sRaider
Community Member
2 months ago

Useful when another driver is trying to merge into traffic. They won't be hesitant and hit the brakes.

Eric Law
Community Member
2 months ago

Who knew?

Shauna Hicken
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually there are people who don't know .... They make the turn then turn the signal on. Duh. Figured it out by your action dummy

Shauna Hicken
Community Member
2 months ago

Are there really people who didn't know what turn signals are for??!!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok, that's funny as s**t

bxttery_bxby
Community Member
2 months ago

But like, this isn't a hack, it's the law.

Linouchka 99
Community Member
2 months ago

Ain't that actually THE POINT ?!?!

DogPerson7
Community Member
2 months ago

Ummm... I maybe just didn't pay attention in driver's ed, but what else do you use it for? I mean, if I were the last person on earth, I would forget about it.

Patty Leaton
Community Member
2 months ago

a lot of drivers don't signal any given day

alex cosgrove
Community Member
2 months ago

I had a standoff with a large truck the other day in the parking lot, I knew he wanted to take a right into the lane I was exciting but I just say their dumb. It’s not hard to use turn signals!

Cass Malone
Community Member
2 months ago

And it's law

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought that was the whole point?

Mary Peace
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes but some people don't bother.

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Courtney Harris
Community Member
2 months ago

Blinkers used to come standard on all vehicles back in the day...I think it's now an option package that people choose to not pay for.

KimTx
Community Member
2 months ago

Strange how that works...

Dylan(He/him/i Think)
Community Member
2 months ago

Interesting idea, but I'll pass

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
2 months ago

Why is this a life hack?

Mikel
Community Member
2 months ago

If I had a dollar for every stupid driver that dosen't use thier turning signals......

Penny Kemper
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly not a life hack it's the law for the safety of you and others!

James Campbell
Community Member
2 months ago

Every driver in Chicago should read this 10 times over!

Sina
Community Member
2 months ago

This, exactly this thing is what gives me road rage every time I drive, especially in roundabouts! Use your blinkers people, make it easier and safer for everyone >.<

Klára Buriánková
Community Member
2 months ago

Isn't that mandatory?

Britta B
Community Member
2 months ago

*surprised Pikachu*

Emery Walters
Community Member
2 months ago

Can keep people from hitting you!

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
2 months ago

The other term for turn signal is indicator light which is self explanatory. Also turn your signal on before your turn or switching lanes not when you're doing it: let other drivers know what you're planning to do so they can adjust their driving or make room for you.

Philippa Davies
Community Member
2 months ago

This is my biggest pet hate about other drivers. Also though when people forget to turn off their indicator after changing lanes until a lot further down the road.

Kim Bush
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2 months ago

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Ana
Community Member
2 months ago

This just feels like common sense

V Martinez
Community Member
2 months ago

And here I thought turn signals were just for decoration! LOL! Some of you ppl may want to consider lightening up & growing a sense of humor. Don't be so serious & literal all the time! Have a good time!

Henry Tuttle
Community Member
2 months ago

The thing that annoys me is when people think that turn signals are for "asking permission" and they speed up to prevent you from making that merge or turn or whatever. Then if you are forced to "cut them off" because you NEED to make that turn, they get pissed off.

LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
2 months ago

Whaaaaat? <—- surprised face

RatherLoopy
Community Member
2 months ago

Laughing... who knew?

Steve Wilson
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Way too complicated for Americans. They must think we receive European educations or something.

Nyneva Kyte
Community Member
2 months ago

On top of THAT, if you can believe it, using the brakes can make your car slow down, so you don't crash into things!

Paul Sonneborn
Community Member
2 months ago

No kidding. I wonder if that is on a driving test somewhere?

Cenk Karaferya
Community Member
2 months ago

Shouldn't this already be happening?

John G
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a good tip

kath morgan
Community Member
2 months ago

WHO KNEW

Giles Gallie
Community Member
2 months ago

(Pauline) I always signal because communication is important at all times.

J P
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a hack? I thought it was mandatory all my life.

Iampazuzu
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel like most people here didn't catch the sarcastic undertone of this one..

Squidward
Community Member
2 months ago

it's not a hack it's the purpose of blinkers

Natalia
Community Member
2 months ago

Needless to say??

Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't say?

Maurettis
Community Member
2 months ago

how is this a life hack?

Dustin Peters
Community Member
2 months ago

this is not a hack, this is exactly what signal lights are for...srsly?

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
2 months ago

Um, and it's kind of THE LAW...

Ed Kramer
Community Member
2 months ago

Duh!

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

This isn't a hack. This is law in some states.

Sammy
Community Member
2 months ago

wow really?? *sarcastic*

Delgada
Community Member
2 months ago

And in many countries it's mandatory!

LesAnimaux
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing hack! More people should do this!

guyx23
Community Member
2 months ago

This is basic driving skills, not a life hack smh

BlackLabOwner
Community Member
2 months ago

wait in some places you don't have to

Kizito
Community Member
2 months ago

Wao! I didn't know that. Interesting!

Selina Ali
Community Member
2 months ago

I knew this from the start pity some drivers are so selfish

Bradley Sauer
Community Member
2 months ago

Not a life hack...just the law.

Tami
Community Member
2 months ago

DUH!

rehanne garvey
Community Member
2 months ago

Erm OBVIOUSLY

Spittnimage
Community Member
2 months ago

That was the whole idea for inventing turn signals. SMH

Sam rice
Community Member
2 months ago

That's insane! 🧐

Helmut Kok
Community Member
2 months ago

Theis seems to be for people driving BMW's

it's Wednesday my dudes.
Community Member
2 months ago

what?!?!?!?!!?!?

Luna Laluna
Community Member
2 months ago

This is basic knowledge to pass test on driving licence! How is it a life hack?!

oddkiddo
Community Member
2 months ago

What? Is it voluntary to use it some places???

Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

Who would have thought.....

El Dee
Community Member
2 months ago

Useful tip - unbeknownst to many, BMWs DO have the ability to indicate their direction prior to doing so. There is a stalk on the steering column which, when moved, sets off an exterior light on the relevant side of the car. Who knew??

Johnny
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a little insensitive. I drive a BMW and as far as I know, BMW's don't come with turn signals.

Softsquatch
Community Member
2 months ago

isn't that the point

Hollysmom
Community Member
2 months ago

Seems just a little obvious since that's why they are on cars in the first place.

Matheus Oliveira
Community Member
2 months ago

Isn't it obligatory? It is in my country...

Millar
Community Member
2 months ago

Driving with your eyes open is a life hack too

CORLEONE
Community Member
2 months ago

not in 'Murica - some don't know how to use it

Jaekry
Community Member
2 months ago

Using your turn signal is not optional?!

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 months ago

In other breaking news, stop using the fork for cutting your steak, use the knife.

JennyLaRue
Community Member
2 months ago

There's also those people who seem to think putting the indicator on as they turn the corner is in any way helpful.

Joshua Varela-Broska
Community Member
2 months ago

duh every knows this iand it does not sound dumb and you have to be an idiot not to know this🤣😂😅

Dolevaal
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually sad that someone has to even mention this, should be common sense :( But nice hack anyway.

M. Schweitzer
Community Member
2 months ago

Hi from Germay! You know, we build quite good cars - but in our native versions of them the engineers seems to forget to integrate those strange blinking lights. And yes - they are helpful!

UncleRussian
Community Member
2 months ago

Nah f*ck that, other drivers need to learn to read my mind

Corey Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

DUH!

WindyWolfe
Community Member
2 months ago

Well duh

Evan Scheu
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a joke

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JessG
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2 months ago

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Duh. This doesn't "sound fake" it's just truth, and the rules of the road

Evan Scheu
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1 month ago

It's a joke

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2 months ago

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um ... that's what it's actually for

Evan Scheu
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1 month ago

It's a joke

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2 months ago (edited)

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How is this a lifehack? That's the whole reason those things exist!

Evan Scheu
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1 month ago

It's a joke

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#2

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Whenever you accidentally set off your smoke alarm, give your pets a treat so they learn to come to you when there actually is a fire and you need to escape.

kataklysmiknut , Richard Kelland Report

Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Good idea!

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#3

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work There is absolutely nothing wrong with showing up to work, doing the absolute minimum to maintain a job, and going home and enjoying your life. massive lifesaver to one's mental health.

hrpeanut , Alex Kotliarskyi Report

JennyLaRue
Community Member
2 months ago

"Work to live, not live to work". Others may choose to work harder, but that's on them - it's all a choice for what is important to the individual, and that's ok if it's different for different people.

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In an earlier interview, I spoke about life hacks that sound absolutely silly with British comedian Ariane Sherine, from London. She helped me settle the age-old question about whether something that sounds and looks dumb is actually stupid or not.

“It’s actually very smart, and it’s a shame if people don’t use it for fear of looking dumb!" Ariane told Bored Panda, pointing out that we sometimes prioritize our reputations over what actually works. And we’re sometimes scared to test something out because it might make us look like utter fools.

#4

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you've forgotten an acquaintance's name, just ask them what their name is, and after they tell you, say "no, your last name." Works like a charm and they never suspect a thing.

maleorderbride , Tim Douglas Report

Shelp
Community Member
2 months ago

Except in France, where a popular TV show made that one of its main jokes, so virtually everybody is aware of the trick now

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#5

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If at a place where you don't speak the language, learn the words for please and thank you. Those, and a smile, will get you far.

AichSmize , Zen Chung Report

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd start with the local version of Hello, but any knowledge of the local language is good.

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#6

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross , Steve Garner Report

Emilie Ruiz
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2 months ago

Works wonders with kids too !

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Ariane explained that people often look down on ideas that sound dumb on a theoretical level because we want others to think we’re way smarter than we might actually be. That’s how much our reputations matter to us (whether we’re aware of this or not).

#7

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Wear the same colours as the zoo employees, the animals will come right up to you.

Comfortable_Figure27 , Allan Ferguson Report

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
2 months ago

You'd think the animals know their caretakers by smell but no, they check the brand of t-shirt they're wearing. Who would have thought : )

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#8

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work From the amazing book ‘The Gift of Fear’ by Gavin DeBecker: “A woman alone who needs assistance is actually far better off choosing someone and asking for help, as opposed to waiting for an unsolicited approach. The person you choose is nowhere near as likely to bring you hazard as is the person who chooses you.”

DeeboComin , Andrea Piacquadio Report

BabyCharmander
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2 months ago

Don’t wait for help either because you might not get it. I’ve been in a situation where I was being harassed by a man in broad daylight in a populated public place—multiple people saw it happening and no one helped. This may seem obvious now but it wasn’t obvious to me back then—do not be concerned with politeness when someone’s intentions toward you are not good. It’s okay to be “rude” to get away from someone who is trying to coerce you into doing something you do not want to do.

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#9

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you feel suicidal or depressed....don't focus on hope. It is enough to just stay curious. Curiosity has the power to keep you alive far longer than hope ever will. Curiosity leads to engaging work and this leads to opportunity.

_Asher451_ , Andrew Neel Report

Scagsy
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2 months ago

Curious how?

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"Everybody wants to think they’re smart (even if they’re actually Donald Trump!) and people hate feeling stupid or being duped. If a piece of advice doesn’t sound helpful, I guess people who see themselves as clever will automatically reject it rather than try it and risk feeling dumb," the comedian said this is why we may avoid doing silly things.

#10

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work When you're freaking out, need to relax, e.g. when a chiro is about to crack your neck or anything along those lines, wiggle your toes. Apparently your brain can't do both, freaking out and wiggling toes, tensing up and wiggling toes etc

cheerylifelover123 , cottonbro Report

Kitty
Community Member
2 months ago

This really works

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#11

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work 25% of 18 is the same as 18% of 25. Percentages are reversible and one is easier to figure out than the other one.

DetroitJim , Karolina Grabowska Report

Y T
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoa!!

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#12

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work It you start to cough while eating or drinking, essentially the “went down the wrong pipe”, immediately lift both your arms up in the air and keep them held up for a few seconds. The act opens your airways and will allow you to catch your breath. Also helps food or drink travel downward.

Ecstatic_Consequence , Annie Spratt Report

SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 months ago

Just throw ya hands in the air... And waive around like you just don't care! :)

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One of the British comedian’s favorite life hacks has to do with avocados and how to check if they’re ripe. Ariane pointed out that avocados have an “inbuilt ripeness sensor” that lets you distinguish if it’s still green, ripe, or overripe.

#13

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you’ve got a splinter below your skin surface, wrap a banana peel around it. Wet side against your skin. It will draw the splinter out most of the time. I don’t know how but it fricken works. Banana voodoo. Banavoodoo. Banadoo?

Rusty_is_a_good_boy , Ryutaro Tsukata Report

Tina Ciancia
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2 months ago

Also helps heal bruises faster!

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#14

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If your car is overheating, turn your heat on full blast.

When you turn the heat on in a car, it pulls heat from the engine into the cab, thus cooling the engine.

Bryarx , Richard Berg Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

And roll down the windows. Working in Little Rock, AR, had to do this often in the summer rush hour traffic...which didn't rush.

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#15

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you're watching YouTube on your phone just scroll to the end and restart the vid to skip all ads.

j_prince_47 , freestocks.org Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Why TF does YouTube think abruptly cutting away in the middle of a video that’s less than 10 minutes long won’t royally piss people off—-especially not even doing it in a section of the video where it would make sense? YouTube is playing a very dangerous game with that practice. Piss enough people off, and viewership will drop dramatically.

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“You know how hard it is to tell whether an avocado’s ripe before cutting into it? Simply twist the stem. If it doesn’t come off, it’s underripe; if it comes off and is green underneath, it’s ripe; if it’s brown underneath, it’s overripe. Voila—no more rock hard or mushy grey avocados!" she shared. The comedian added that it’s ironic how avocados marketed as ‘ripe’ in supermarkets are usually anything but.

#16

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Sleep on big decisions.

You think most clearly in the morning, and often after some time passes you realize you were about to make a big mistake.

uniadminthrowaway , Andrea Piacquadio Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

German expression "I' ll sleep over it", in French "La nuit porte conseil - The night brings advice"

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#17

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Makeup remover on deodorant stains.
My husband has a lot of T-shirts with white/stained armpits, so I gave it a shot.
It worked. :o

kannakantplay , zdp480 Report

AJ
Community Member
2 months ago

I regularly use makeup remover to the most stubborn stains in the sink. Though the fact that makeup remover removes almost any stain from almost anything, has made me doubt do I really want to put that stuff near my face.

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#18

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Counting really slowly with the goal of reaching 150 is a decent way to fall asleep. If you have any thoughts during it just let them play out, and if you forget what number you're on just go from what you last remember. If you make any major movements just start again.

The goal is to force your brain in to slowing down and not having any jerky motions or thoughts, and eventually reaching such a level of carelessness that you eventually fall asleep without realising. Helped me quite a few times, especially with rain sounds, hope it helps some of you too!

Solacekia , Free-Photos Report

troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't usually have trouble sleeping but when I do what best works for me is taking a random letter from the alphabet and trying to find as many vegetables and fruit starting from that letter.

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Like with plenty of new ideas and inventions, chance plays an important element when it comes to discovering new and useful life hacks. Whether through experimentation or lucky coincidence, we might end up finding a pearl of wisdom among the weeds.

#19

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work More life advice than a life hack, but: “A dropped knife doesn’t have a handle.” If you ever drop a kitchen knife or other bladed instrument, just let it fall. Trying to catch it will almost certainly give you a nasty slice on the hand.

Stillwater215 , Gary Barnes Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

My involuntary reaction has always been to try to lift both feet off the floor at the same time.

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#20

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Run your wrists under cold water or rub an ice cube on your pulse points to cool down all over quickly when you get overheated. It seems obvious but I didn’t realize it until last summer working in a warehouse with no ac.

mannershmanners , Anna Shvets Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

It does work.

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#21

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you’ve written on a dry erase board (or any glossy surface) with a permanent marker (like a Sharpie) just draw over it with a dry erase marker and it will wipe right off.

TheNoisyNomad , bark Report

Your Average Pooh
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Hi! I'm pooh & I just use hand sanitizers (100% recommended by a fellow bear)

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And despite how funny it might sound, life hacks are an expression of how wonderful the scientific method is, riding on the wave that is human ingenuity. We might lose hope in humanity from time to time, but just the fact that there are hundreds of people sharing useful life hacks is enough to restore our faith in our intelligence as a species a tiny bit,

#22

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I’ve never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven’t gone back to my old stationary technique since.

A_LORD_666 , Dayvison de Oliveira Silva Report

Eva
Community Member
2 months ago

It also helps to put up your feet on sth like a stool (best way would be to squat down on sth, but thats just not practical lol)

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#23

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Dawn dish soap is better for cleaning tubs than any bathroom cleaner. Consider that when you bathe you’re mostly washing of body oils/dirt/skin. Dawn is so effective at cleaning oil it’s used to clean up after oil spills. You can use a small amount and it cleans pretty effortlessly with circles on a sponge.

_manicpixie , https://www.pexels.com/@karolina-grabowska Report

LesAnimaux
Community Member
2 months ago

Dish soap also works best for cleaning makeup sponges.

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#24

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work When putting a paint can lid back on the can, first put down a layer of cling film (saran wrap). This will stop the lid sticking to the can once the paint on the lid has dried.

DoubleDeckerz , Sven Brandsma Report

grafxgal60073
Community Member
2 months ago

Very cool!

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Which of these life hacks did you find to be the most useful? Which ones were a complete surprise to you, dear Pandas? Do you have any fake-sounding-but-real hacks to share with all the other Readers here? Drop us a comment below!

#25

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Crayons are flammable and will provide about an hour of light as a candle if you lit the top.

RockyL15 , Miesha Maiden Report

ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

DIY candles

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#26

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Use a wet knife to chop onions, it reduces tears if you have sensitive eyes.

It really works!! I could barely make it through chopping half an onion without needing multiple breaks before I tried this. Just keep the faucet running and dip your knife under periodically while chopping. I still get a little reaction, but nowhere near as bad.

1nd1anaCroft , Chris Gladis Report

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
2 months ago

Drip fresh onion juice in your eyes three times a day for a month and get rid of that pesky eyesight.

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#27

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work "Pay yourself first". No matter how much or how little you make. Take 10% of your paycheck and put it in an emergency fund before you buy or pay for anything else. That strategy has saved me on numerous occasions.

anonymous , Karolina Grabowska Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

Not necessarily 10%. Calculate how much you need a month (rent, utilities, food etc). See how much money you have left (if you do) and take at least half of it (or all) to the savings account.

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#28

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Mosquitos Bites be gone!

This hack is the most valuable thing I’ve learned in my whole life.

Heat of the back of a spoon with hot water. Then apply the back of the spoon to the bite. I usually do it twice for good measure. The spoon needs to be hot enough to keep on the skin without burning yourself. So test the heat before you press it down. Keep it on until the heat dissipates. Bite will stop itching almost immediately...usually the bite ha completely disappeared within an hour.

This only works with mosquitoes from my experience.

Needaslurpee , Jimmy Chan Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

I have used ice cubes for the same result for many years. Rub until the area is numb. By the time it warms up, no more itch. I am guessing the increased blood flow to warm it up helps dilute/carry away the toxin?

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#29

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you're going to climb a ladder or work on your roof, wear a bike helmet.

waelgifru , Dru Kelly Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

This can also be used if you're going for a bike ride.

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#30

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your D. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer , Dương Nhân Report

JXXXF
Community Member
2 months ago

If it doesn't work, don't worry... it will just look like you are flexing your muscles with a boner... noone will think you are odd... promise...

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#31

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work During pollen season... rinse your hair before bed. Otherwise you’re just depositing pollen on your pillowcase every night and then rolling your face in it all night. And then multiply that by how many nights you use the same pillowcase.

blanketsmellslikeham , M. M. SandFollow Report

Rissie
Community Member
2 months ago

Pollen get caught in your own grime on the pillowcase. First in your hair (where it mostly fell off of when you moved round indoors) and then in all the dead skin and sebum from your whole head. Pro tip: replace pillowcases often.

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#32

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It’s crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole , Pepper Geek Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Sounds interesting, but I will test it some other way...just in case.

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#33

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge “water bug” roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

SnooPickles3213 , Domas Mituzas Report

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

I know two ways to get rid of roaches. I moved into a place that had an infestation and was working for a guy who had a Masters in Entomology. He said just make sure everything is dry. You can't starve a roach - they will literally eat anything. But always keep your pipes dry, wipe out your sinks, etc. When they have no access to water they will leave. That's all I did. They were gone in a couple weeks and never came back. The other idea is what's stated here but you don't have to spray to roach. Just put out some little dishes of water with a couple drops of soap in them. The roaches will drink it and die.

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#34

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Drinking a cup of water with your alcoholic drink, waking up Alive not dead.

olliemollymoe , Daria Shevtsova Report

troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

I think the best ratio is 2 sips of water per 1 sip of alcohol

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#35

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work I hesitantly submit squeegeeing yourself off before getting out of the shower. It's so simple I was dubious, but just use your hands to quickly wipe off excess water and bingo, you're not cold getting out.

BWDpodcast , Max Vakhtbovych Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Plus what's left doesn't saturate the towel, so you dry faster.

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#36

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Microwave tip: Put a cup of water on the tray with whatever you are microwaving, it always makes it taste better and "fresher".

DeadMoney313 , HomeSpot HQ Report

ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

It really works well for pizza too!

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#37

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314 , Remy Sharp Report

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Did Mr Portokalos from "my big fat Greek wedding" write this post??

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#38

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Eating candied ginger helps with nausea. Any ginger really, but candied ginger is much better tasting.

MisteeLoo , TheDeliciousLife Report

Batwench
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Stomach bug? Drink dry flat ginger ale. Has to be stuff with sugar in, not diet. Ginger settles the tum and the sugar and water help you hydrate etc. Works well for hangovers as well. Make sure it is flat, as the fizz can aggravate the tum.

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#39

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Vinegar in a plastic bag with rubber band tied around any faucet will make the faucet like-new. I'm talking decade old rust and stuff gone...and water flows like the first day.

Aakwanderer , Kate Ter Haar Report

Dark_flame
Community Member
2 months ago

Why would this be fake-sounding? Isn't it a usual cleaning technique?

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#40

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Getting 8 hours of time on bed, not necessarily sleep, is mental magic

doro1239 , Kinga Cichewicz Report

Jozie
Community Member
2 months ago

I spend 24 hours in bed! :D.

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