If it sounds stupid, looks stupid, quacks like stupid, but also (kinda) works, is it still stupid? The jury’s still out on this one. What we know for sure is that in the world of life hacks, even the weirdest ideas can still have merit. All it takes is a bit of creativity and the willingness to stick a broken key into a potato to make a new grip. Genius and madness are often two sides of the same coin, after all.

Our team over here at Bored Panda wanted to share some of that peculiar worldly wisdom with you, so we’ve compiled this list of the most bizarre life hacks that (sorta, kinda, surprisingly) work. Scroll on down and remember to upvote the ones that impressed you the most, as well as the ones that got you giggling so hard, you had to take a five-minute break. Got a particular fave hack that you can’t wait to share with all of your friends semi-seriously? Let us know which one it was in the comments.

Who better to help navigate the world of silliness than a comedian? Comedy writer and musical stand-up comedian Ariane Sherine put an end to the age-old discussion about whether or not something's dumb if it works. "It’s actually very smart, and it’s a shame if people don’t use it through fear of looking dumb!" she told Bored Panda. Read on for the rest of our interview with Ariane.

In the mood for some more hacks and even more laughs to boost your mood? You’ll find our earlier posts about silly but functional life hacks over here and right here. Bon appétit.

#1

Relationship Hacks 101

Relationship Hacks 101

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Antz Online
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1 year ago

I will definitely be using this one

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#2

Get Your Roommate To Clean The Apartment

Get Your Roommate To Clean The Apartment

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

GENIUS! I sure hope it works.

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#3

Solve Your Problems

Solve Your Problems

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Aurelia!
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1 year ago

that last one got me like whaaaaaat

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British comedian Ariane explained that human beings tend to look down on ideas that sound dumb on a theoretical level because we want to appear much more intelligent than we might actually be. It's all to do with our (perceived) reputations!

"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," she shared with Bored Panda.

#4

How To Get A Free Gift For Your Wedding

How To Get A Free Gift For Your Wedding

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chrissy goodman
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1 year ago

i wish i tried this back in october

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#5

If It's Stupid And It Works It's Not Stupid

If It's Stupid And It Works It's Not Stupid

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Antz Online
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1 year ago

That looks really good

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#6

My Dad Apparently Sneaks His Remote Into A Local Bar So He Can Change The Channel When He Doesn’t Like What’s On. I’m Equally Embarrassed And Impressed

My Dad Apparently Sneaks His Remote Into A Local Bar So He Can Change The Channel When He Doesn’t Like What’s On. I’m Equally Embarrassed And Impressed

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Missy Moo Moo
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1 year ago

That's awesome!!

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Meanwhile, Ariane, just like us, is a huge fan of avocados. Not surprisingly, her favorite life hack has to do with them and how they have an "inbult ripeness sensor" that lets you tell if the avocado is overripe or still green (yes, yes, they're always green, but you know what we mean!).

"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, adding that she has, just us, found that supermarkets promoting 'ripe' avocados tend to lie about just how ripe they really are.

#7

Life Hack 100

Life Hack 100

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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1 year ago

Great Idea!! I will definitely use this! /s

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#8

Unethical Life Pro Tips

Unethical Life Pro Tips

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Tracy Baparam
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, Gonna use this

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#9

If You Stain A Shirt, You Can Simply Outline The Stain With A Sharpie And Give It A Name. This Will Make It Seam Like You Visit Islands

If You Stain A Shirt, You Can Simply Outline The Stain With A Sharpie And Give It A Name. This Will Make It Seam Like You Visit Islands

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Antz Online
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant

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Life hacks come in all shapes and sizes. From tiny modifications to how you go about your day for increased efficiency to some seriously out-of-the-box thinking that stays with you, changing your entire perception about life and how you’ve been living it.

#10

Learn When To Cry

Learn When To Cry

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Because no one will judge you for not getting a grip! 😳

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#11

Modify Your Online Workout By Turning It Off

Modify Your Online Workout By Turning It Off

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Callista pierce
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1 year ago

lol

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#12

Shark Attack

Shark Attack

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

*bites shark* Shark: "lol what-"

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In short, life hacks are concentrated bits of worldly wisdom that people have picked up during their lives. We’ve all got at least a few pearls of wisdom that we can share with others, but we’re sometimes not aware that it’s something that others wouldn’t know about.

#13

If It Works It's Not Stupid

If It Works It's Not Stupid

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

If you can keep your herd together with minimal effort, it is not stupid.

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#14

How To Hack Life

How To Hack Life

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

Haha, ugly people deserve love too.

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#15

How To Be "Productive"

How To Be "Productive"

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Tracy Baparam
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1 year ago

This is good

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While some life hacks we pick up from others, improving them to fit our needs, others are, as Bob Ross would say, “happy little accidents.” It just goes to show that even when we think that we’ve got life all figured out, a small slip or mistake can actually be an opportunity to live life better. I mean, I probably won’t use a potato as a key handle until I absolutely have to, but it’s good to have the idea about how flexible I can be somewhere in the back of my head.

#16

Smart

Smart

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Alex the awful German
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1 year ago

"modern problems require modern solutions"

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#17

Gym Tip

Gym Tip

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I know right, why go through all that extra effort.

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#18

How To Avoid Conversations

How To Avoid Conversations

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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1 year ago

The Introvert Way!

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For the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, practical wisdom (also known as practical rationality or ‘phronesis’) was the highest intellectual virtue. “Phronesis is the complicated interactions between general (theory) and practical (judgment),” one paper explains.

#19

I Figured Out You Don’t Actually Have To Assemble These Things

I Figured Out You Don’t Actually Have To Assemble These Things

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks just like the picture

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#20

My Brother Wanted To Measure The Trees In His Yard. This Is How Did He Did It

My Brother Wanted To Measure The Trees In His Yard. This Is How Did He Did It

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

He photocopied himself?

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#21

Well If It Works It Works

Well If It Works It Works

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius

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While we might not immediately link life hacks to something as profound as Aristotelean philosophy, they do hold some things in common, specifically the practical and correct application of theoretical knowledge. And considering that some of these life hacks help solve real-world issues (however small they might be), they shouldn’t be dismissed despite how dumb they might sound on a purely theoretical level.

#22

Zip It Up

Zip It Up

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Katherine Boag
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1 year ago

Great twitter handle for this advice

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#23

Test Your Hairstyles On Your Kids

Test Your Hairstyles On Your Kids

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor Kid........

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#24

If You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Coasters Grab Some Flooring Samples From Home Depot. They Are Free And Come In A Variety Of Colors And Finishes

If You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Coasters Grab Some Flooring Samples From Home Depot. They Are Free And Come In A Variety Of Colors And Finishes

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

*immediately grabs keys to go to Home Depot*

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Life hacks might not be as mighty as author John Bradshaw explains in his book ‘Reclaiming Virtue’ (i.e. practical wisdom being “the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason”), but they are a reflection of humankind’s ability to adapt and overcome challenges, from the tiny and ridiculous to the profound and consequential. There’s nothing wrong with MacGyvering a solution if conventional knowledge fails us!

#25

Life Pro Tip

Life Pro Tip

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Aurelia!
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1 year ago

you still won't learn how to spell it tho...

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#26

Started Staining The Deck And Needed To Keep The Dog Off The Deck Boards. Solution Found

Started Staining The Deck And Needed To Keep The Dog Off The Deck Boards. Solution Found

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, this is assuming your dog is afraid of the vacuum cleaner. I had a neighbour with a Boston Terrier that loved the vacuum. Weird doggo.

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#27

When Your Landlord Says "No Dogs!"

When Your Landlord Says "No Dogs!"

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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1 year ago

That sheep is kinda sus......

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But what life hacks do you have to share with all the other Pandas? Are they something that you discovered by accident or did you see them somewhere? Do you believe that life hacks can be considered to be successful if they’re really dumb but work? What’s the absolute stupidest life hack you’ve ever seen that still (kinda, sorta, surprisingly) works? Let us know what you think below.

#28

If It's Stupid And It Works It Ain't Stupid

If It's Stupid And It Works It Ain't Stupid

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Puppy Lover
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually admire this.

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#29

How To Have Fun As A Parent

How To Have Fun As A Parent

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I would be the last one except it wouldn't be intentional. Never been good at skateboarding.

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#30

Meanwhile This Person Is Living In 3018

Meanwhile This Person Is Living In 3018

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I wanna try this now!! Edit: i tried to do this, but it doesn't work well

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#31

Finally A Useful “Life Hack”

Finally A Useful “Life Hack”

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Dave O.
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1 year ago

Amazing!!!

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#32

5 Second Rule

5 Second Rule

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jazz
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1 year ago

But what will happen if they get to you after 4 seconds?

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#33

Vaccinate Your Computer

Vaccinate Your Computer

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Commander OwO
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1 year ago

bruh

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#34

A Flood Can Be A Great Opportunity To Turn Your Home Into An Aquarium

A Flood Can Be A Great Opportunity To Turn Your Home Into An Aquarium

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Gillbella
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1 year ago

Good window seals

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#35

Stay Thin Y’all

Stay Thin Y’all

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BananaJo
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1 year ago

I mean good idead, but usually they're half full, so it might look a little sus

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#36

Because It’s Sunny I Want To Work Outside But It’s So Bright I Can’t Really See The Screen. Putting Your Laptop In A Box Blocks Out The Light, So Your Laptop Screen Is Bright. It Also Keeps Laptop Cooler

Because It’s Sunny I Want To Work Outside But It’s So Bright I Can’t Really See The Screen. Putting Your Laptop In A Box Blocks Out The Light, So Your Laptop Screen Is Bright. It Also Keeps Laptop Cooler

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Fred Bigox
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1 year ago

But its blocking the fans on bottom of lap top therefore overheating it

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#37

Hmmm

Hmmm

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

We all have that one friend backing us up

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#38

In Todays Episode Of Slavic Science

In Todays Episode Of Slavic Science

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Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
1 year ago

The car is Italian, and the plates are Brazilian, so I guess the car's also been made there. What's Slavic about this?

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#39

Efficient Way To Get Drunk During Quarantine

Efficient Way To Get Drunk During Quarantine

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Kitti B.
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1 year ago

We used that trick when we were broke college students :D

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#40

My 12 Year Old Son Modified His Bike With Carpet For Barefoot Riding

My 12 Year Old Son Modified His Bike With Carpet For Barefoot Riding

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Whilst it is a clever idea, riding without shoes is not. Accidents happen a lot more than you think.

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#41

Independent Fact Checkers Show This Is True

Independent Fact Checkers Show This Is True

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I reckon a LOT of people actually do this.

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#42

Afraid Those Lottery Tickets You Got For Stocking Stuffers Might Actually Be Winners?

Afraid Those Lottery Tickets You Got For Stocking Stuffers Might Actually Be Winners?

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

So generous

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#43

You Have The Power

You Have The Power

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Gross but true

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#44

The Man Sitting In Front Of Me On The Train Is Using A Twix As A Pillow

The Man Sitting In Front Of Me On The Train Is Using A Twix As A Pillow

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 year ago

you gotta do what you gotta do. Still, rip candy bar

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#45

Steal Big

Steal Big

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I stole pens from my last internship and never paid in the coffee machine. They made me work extra hours, never taught me a thing (I needed to follow an online free R course because the tutor wouldnt help me programing it), wanted me to also work in the weekends (not allowed in the university). And when I got ill and needed to go to the hospital they were mad at me. At the end they graded me with a 6 despite going to work there for months with big health problems and labeled me "inmature and irresponsible". Because apparently being ill is inmature now.

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#46

Shopping Life Hack

Shopping Life Hack

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Coleonema
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1 year ago

In South Africa, they are stolen.

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#47

If Your Key Breaks In Half, Just Stick It Into A Potato Like My Friend Did This Morning

If Your Key Breaks In Half, Just Stick It Into A Potato Like My Friend Did This Morning

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

But what if the bottom half is already stuck in the lock. Do I mash some potato inside and it work like normal again.

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#48

Cool Your Backside Off On A Hot Day By Pressing It Against The Cold Door

Cool Your Backside Off On A Hot Day By Pressing It Against The Cold Door

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 year ago

Our husky used to flatten himself against the stone kitchen floor. Smart guy

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#49

The Real Aristotle

The Real Aristotle

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

As an impatient person i really wish it worked that way.

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#50

Cutting Your Tennis Balls In Half Allows You To Store Two More Balls In Each Can, Saving Space

Cutting Your Tennis Balls In Half Allows You To Store Two More Balls In Each Can, Saving Space

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Thanks for this tip, always struggled to fit my balls in the can.

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