35 Amazing Life Hacks That Work, Shared By These People Who Love Sarcasm And Irony
There are life hacks that can save you a lot of time, money, and headaches. Whether it's keeping the squirrels away from the bird feeder or hiding your spare key, human ingenuity has found plenty of clever ways how to improve our everyday routine.
However, the term "life hacks" has become an internet cash cow. And everyone from click-hungry websites to clout-craving teenagers wants a piece of it. Over time, this has given rise to plenty of absurd listicles, featuring useless nonsense disguised as smart solutions.
Making fun of these ridiculous "tricks", Twitter users have begun inventing life hacks of their own. Although you probably already know them or would never use them, the irony is what makes them great.
The internet culture archive Know Your Meme states that the term "life hack" was coined by tech journalist Danny O'Brien on October 23rd, 2003 on his blog Oblomovka where he described his research for an upcoming talk on the subject, which took place during February 2004's Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, California.
Interestingly, O'Brien directed people to a message board seeking suggestions about their personal shortcuts, as well as the names of people he could interview about these hacks, and one of the first people mentioned in the conversation was the late Aaron Swartz, who kept a detailed log of his online activity.
In September 2004, Gawker Media registered the domain name Lifehacker.com and in 2005 the website was launched with Gina Trapani as the lead editor. The first hack that the site offered was a "word stemmer" tool that worked with the social bookmarking site Del.ici.ous to clean up similar tags and remove duplicates within a user's account.
Now, "life hack" can mean virtually everything. The term is tossed around mercilessly and as you can see from this list, this has also led to it becoming a meme. But at least it's a pretty good one!