Let's just put it out there: life is far too complex to have all the answers. But the good news is that there seem to be plenty of people who learn from their slip-ups, embrace them, and decide to pass their precious wisdom to everyone online.

And TikToker Sidneyraz is one of them. With 2.7M followers and counting, he continues to share some very relatable yet easy and sometimes even hilarious hacks for our daily routines. With his series of viral videos, Sidneyraz tells his fans "things I didn’t know before I was in my 30s" and presents them in funny home situations.

Since he’s been busy creating new clips, Bored Panda has put together a new compilation of tips and tricks to help you better navigate everyday life. So check them out right below and tell us what you think in the comments! After you're done taking notes, take a peek at Parts 1 and 2 of this post right here and here.

#1

This Hole Is For Cutting This Spout

This Hole Is For Cutting This Spout

It even says "spout cutter", put it in, snip easy and great

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Sharon Goodhue
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2 months ago

Dang

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#2

You're Supposed To Microwave Things On The Outside Of The Microwave Tray

You're Supposed To Microwave Things On The Outside Of The Microwave Tray

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Peppermallow
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2 months ago

Yes. A spot that rotates right in the centre can get missed, resulting in cold dinner

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#3

The Reason Why Jackets Have Shoulder Straps

The Reason Why Jackets Have Shoulder Straps

They were originally designed to keep backpacks ammunition pouches or bayonets from slipping off your shoulder.

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Whatshername
Community Member
2 months ago

Would save me a lot of shoulder and neck issues. Can someone invent an easy click-on (not-too-easy-) click-off system?

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As smart as we think we are, we all have gaps in our knowledge. We might spend our whole lives believing we know how to properly operate the microwave or the right way to wear our running shoes. Then, when someone points out that the complete opposite of what we thought is true, we can’t help but scratch our heads in confusion.

Sidneyraz is on a mission to show us we're not the only ones by sharing super simple and obvious know-how life tips. The creator told Bored Panda in a previous interview that he decided to start this series after people positively reacted to his video "Here's something you should know about being in your 30s. It's better than your 20s."

"My most popular videos are ones that have to do with the most common items that people use. Travel pillows, English muffins, trash bags, plungers, and so on," Sidneyraz explained. "We all use the same things every day and [without questioning them] because that's how we were taught, but we have no idea why or if it's even right. So when I post a video showing a different way, it blows minds."

#4

You're Supposed To Shake Out The Popcorn Kernels That Haven't Popped Through This Little Opening

You're Supposed To Shake Out The Popcorn Kernels That Haven't Popped Through This Little Opening

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Dennis Mikulus
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2 months ago

That little opening is a steam vent, it typically pops open about 20 seconds before the popping is done. Fancier microwaves have a steam detector to turn it off at the right time and make perfect popcorn every time. You just found an alternate use for that opening.

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#5

You Can Use Tin Foil To Get The Static Out Of Your Hair

You Can Use Tin Foil To Get The Static Out Of Your Hair

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IlovemydogShilo
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2 months ago

BRILLIANT !!! I S O need this. I am continuously like Monica from friends.

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#6

The Blow Dryer Has A Filter You're Supposed To Clean

The Blow Dryer Has A Filter You're Supposed To Clean

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Eva
Community Member
2 months ago

What? Really?

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The TikToker also revealed there's more to this life phase than just figuring out simple life hacks. "We tend to experience both heartbreak and true joy before our 30s too. There are large ups and downs but, hopefully, they help us to be more empathetic people. They’re hard lessons but needed."

"I’m learning all these things too and I don’t want anyone to feel as alone as I have in the past when I didn’t know something [older folks understood quite well]," Sidneyraz added.

#7

You're Supposed To Apply Deodorant At Night

You're Supposed To Apply Deodorant At Night

The complete opposite of what all of us thought.

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Whatshername
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2 months ago (edited)

Absolutely. Have been doing this for over a year now and successfully converted husband and our teenager.

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#8

Faucets Have Filters That You're Supposed To Replace And Clean

Faucets Have Filters That You're Supposed To Replace And Clean

They're called aerators. It's recommended that you replace the aerators annually.

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Hawkmoon
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2 months ago

Or you can put them in some water and vinegar to remove limestone deposit.

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#9

You Can Pick Up Hard Boiled Eggs With A Whisk

You Can Pick Up Hard Boiled Eggs With A Whisk

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Firstname Lastname
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2 months ago

I find tongs to be the easiest. Plus I get to do the *click click*

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We previously spoke with Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and creator of MentalDrive, about why so many of us realize obvious things only later in life. He explained people often take everyday things for granted "only to pay more attention to those actions and interactions that grab our attention. The obvious goes in the background, so we reserve brain bandwidth to notice the novel, standout occurrences in our life."

As we grow older, there are fewer things that look different to us. "We call that maturity and growth and development," the clinical psychologist said. Then, we can look at the seemingly common in a more careful, more detailed way. "And when we do, we often discover that that obvious has so much more to it that we missed earlier on."

#10

How You're Actually Supposed To Wear Running Shoes

How You're Actually Supposed To Wear Running Shoes

This little hole is called a "heel lock" and you're supposed to use it. Same side lace goes through the hole, the opposite side lace goes through that loop and heel gets locked.

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Sharon Goodhue
Community Member
2 months ago

That I knew!

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#11

How To Control A Pour From Any Container That Has One Of These

How To Control A Pour From Any Container That Has One Of These

Take it out, put it back in upside down, and pour.

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MarmotArchivist
Community Member
2 months ago

If you want more control, pour while the hole is nearer to you, so that the liquid travels over the longer side of the container. Seems counterintuitive but it works.

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#12

How To Read Interstate Exit Signs

How To Read Interstate Exit Signs

Specifically the importance of the position of this little guy. What is the significance of the position of the exit number sign on the top of the exit sign? It's an indication of whether the exit location is to the right, left, or straight.

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David Dodge
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2 months ago

The arrow tells you which direction...

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When certain things are visible to us in plain sight and we somehow fail to notice them, it’s easy to feel ashamed. Klapow explained we feel this way because the obvious is often simple and clear to everyone else.

He mentioned we feel embarrassed for several reasons. The first would be that we simply missed what others saw. Then, "we may have made mistakes, hurt others, missed out on opportunities because we didn't see the obvious. Lastly, we have to acknowledge to others and ourselves that despite how we think of ourselves or how we are seen by others, we have missed something."

#13

How You're Actually Supposed To Light A Candle With More Than One Wick

How You're Actually Supposed To Light A Candle With More Than One Wick

You do not light them one by one. You light one and then use that to light the others.

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Sharon Goodhue
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep been doing this for years

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#14

How To Tie A Robe

How To Tie A Robe

You don't put the rope in the back, take it out, put it in the front, and then tie. It's nice and tighter.

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Mona Lisa
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2 months ago

this guy's bath robe is awesome!

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#15

One Horse Does Not Equal One Horsepower, It Equals 15

One Horse Does Not Equal One Horsepower, It Equals 15

More precisely 14.9, and actually no one knows how precise that number is. Because James Watt just lied for marketing.

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Markus Siegemund
Community Member
2 months ago

no one knows how precise 1 horsepower is? 1 horsepower is 735.499 Watt and 1 Watt is 1 kg⋅m^2⋅s^−3. how is that not precise?

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The clinical psychologist said we should turn the internal dialog around and tell ourselves: "I now see things differently, more clearly, and that is going to help me from this day moving forward." Then, embarrassment "can transition into gratitude and excitement for arriving at the discovery of the obvious."

"We are growing, learning, adapting organisms. What is foreign at one point in time can become obvious later as we learn and develop. At any point in our life, we have a chance to look at what we see every day and look at it differently. We never know what we may discover if we are courageous enough to consider the obvious when the world around us is telling us it is sitting right in front of us," Klapow concluded.

#16

The Easiest Way To Open Up This Annoying Seal

The Easiest Way To Open Up This Annoying Seal

With that little piece of plastic, take the cap and push it down. Just use the cap.

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Mariah Noel
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2 months ago

what....

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#17

How You're Actually Supposed To Dry Shoes In The Dryer

How You're Actually Supposed To Dry Shoes In The Dryer

Go to the dryer, tie the shoes together, open the dryer, put the shoes in, turn on the dryer.

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Whatshername
Community Member
2 months ago

BP edit: put the shoes in but leave the laces out. That way they'll hang and won't wake up the entire neighbourhood nor wreck your dryer.

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#18

Zippers Have A Lock

Zippers Have A Lock

The lock automatically locks when no force is placed on the tab-pull. Let's test this out. Tab pulled down - locked. Tab pulled slightly up - unlocked.

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btaglln
Community Member
2 months ago

It depends on the zipper ... Some have it, lots don't

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#19

The Scooter Handles Are Finger Guards

The Scooter Handles Are Finger Guards

This is how everyone rode the scooters (left) and we were all wrong. This is how you're supposed to ride the scooters (right).

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Carrie Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Who the hell was gonna ride it like on the right? That's maybe how its supposed to be ridden, but everyone rode it like the left because that was the fun way. Who needs fingers, anyhow?

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#20

There's A Lock For The Mustard Cap

There's A Lock For The Mustard Cap

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

I don't think this applies to all mustard bottles

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#21

The Best Way To Reheat Pizza

The Best Way To Reheat Pizza

The two ways that I know of are in the microwave or in the oven. The third one: put the pizza in a pan, pour water, and cover it with foil. Tastes like a fresh pizza.

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Hawkmoon
Community Member
2 months ago

Then wait for about two or three hours and post the result in "cooking incidents" to feed the Bored Pandas.

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#22

The Sun Is Not On Fire

The Sun Is Not On Fire

The sun does not burn like we think of logs in a fire or paper burning. There's no oxygen in space fire needs oxygen.

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Trillian
Community Member
2 months ago

Next up: The sun doesn't actually go away at night.

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#23

How You're Actually Supposed To Use An Air Freshener

How You're Actually Supposed To Use An Air Freshener

Your tree can last up to seven weeks if you follow these steps. Each week expose more or less of tree. There's even a diagram for us.

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btaglln
Community Member
2 months ago

I tried that ... It is very ugly and people always ask why you do that ...

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#24

There's A Way To Clean In Between The Glass On The Oven. Apparently It's At The Bottom

There's A Way To Clean In Between The Glass On The Oven. Apparently It's At The Bottom

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

I need a better picture, or more?

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#25

You Don't Need To Shake The Seasoning Shaker, Just Hold It And Twist It

You Don't Need To Shake The Seasoning Shaker, Just Hold It And Twist It

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Ezigma
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2 months ago

I just do a light tap tap tap.

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#26

How To Open A Bottle Of Wine

How To Open A Bottle Of Wine

Go get a corkscrew or a wine key. Using the serrated edge or the corkscrew, twist the bottle around and remove that foil. Let the bottle do the work for you, push down and twist. Create leverage and enjoy. Responsibly.

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MarmotArchivist
Community Member
2 months ago

Growing up in Europe, that is one of those basic live skills you learn as a child.😅 I would equate this with knowing how to use a can opener.

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#27

You Can Just Pull Out A Double Knot

You Can Just Pull Out A Double Knot

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Phyzzi
Community Member
2 months ago

Heh, sure, if you haven't work tightened it yet. Otherwise you will probably break the laces before you untie the shoe.

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