People don't often look back on the early 1900's for advice, but what if we could actually learn something from the Lost Generation? The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago, and the tips they give are so practical that millennials reading this might want to take notes.

Back in the day, cigarette cards were popular collectibles included in every pack, and displayed photos of celebrities, advertisements, and more. Gallaher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company that was once the largest in the world, decided to print a series of helpful how-to's on their cards, which ranged from mundane tasks (boiling potatoes) to unlikely scenarios (stopping a runaway horse). Most of them are insanely clever, though, like how to make a fire extinguisher at home. Who even knew you could do that?

The entire set of life hacks is now part of the NYPL's George Arents Collection. Check out some of the cleverest ones we could find below. You never know when you'll have to clean real lace!

More info: The New York Public Library

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Marioara Popescu
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3 years ago

Did anyone actually tried this?

N G
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3 years ago

Yes this works, but does anyone know how to get the f@#&ing glass bottle off my hand

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Craig Wright
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3 years ago

"Stay tuned for part two next week: how to remove a glass jar from your palm with a machete."

Casandra Nițescu
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3 years ago

why is this not common knowledge?! When I was little and got splinters from climbing around on stuff my teachers or parents would always use a fucking needle to poke it out and that shit was PAINFUL!

Miguel Arista
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3 years ago

If the splinter is in a fingertip its gonna be hard to cover the bottle tho

The Cappy
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3 years ago

Except every splinter I've ever had was on a finger.

Curious Cat
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3 years ago

tried it when i had a roofing nail in my head. didnt work.

Suzanne Mitchell
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3 years ago

I hate when that happens! 😜

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Linda Harvey
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3 years ago

I put white glue (school glue) on it, let it dry and then pull glue off. The splinter will come with it, not pain at all and great for little kids.

Steve Van Dyke
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3 years ago

That's all fine and good except most splinters happen in the fingers.

Quant
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3 years ago

I find a scalpel does the job in a fraction of the time ;P

Megan Spainhour
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3 years ago

How many people that aren't doctors just have a scalpel lying around the house? Use tweezers.

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Desiree Lauro
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3 years ago

Damn, wish I knew this 3 weeks ago when I had to slice open my hand to get at a deeply embedded splinter.

Flora Polvado
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3 years ago

Doesn't work as well with the really deep ones. Always try the bottle then the tweezers first though.

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Karen Rickel
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2 years ago

My mom said this works for boils...

Karen Rickel
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2 years ago

My mother said this works on boils....

Invid
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2 years ago

I just went swimming for about an hour and it would come out without me even noticing.

Darlene Dee Lux
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2 years ago

That first one reminded me of my friend (94-years old) . To suction out a ripe cyst, fill mason jar half full with boiling water and let stand for a minute. Empty the water and press the jar tightly over the cyst. Do not use contents of jar on your toast.

Rosie Bishop
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2 years ago

Yes also my dad used to boil a coke bottle to have the infection pulled out of a boil.

Robert Wüsten
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2 years ago

splinter will grow for itself out of the skin.

Linda Gunn
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2 years ago

Love this

Becky Moore
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2 years ago

As a school nurse, I couldn't really "dig" for splinters in students hands..it was considered "invasive," and it hurt the children. I kept baby food jars for this very technique, and it really helped. The splinter didn't always leave the skin, but the area would soften enough to pop the splinter out!

Nora Bora
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2 years ago

Learn something new every day.

Teresa McEwen
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3 years ago

To get bottle off break suction with finger on the other hand DUH

Robert Uballe
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3 years ago

It works

Notchimine Mette
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3 years ago

I know it works. I've heard stories from the 1950s about this technique. It was gross.

Socially Awkward
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3 years ago

I'll have to try this sometime!

Tiffany Shim
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3 years ago

But how do you extract from your finger?

Debbie Archimedes
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3 years ago

Well that will only work if you get a splinter on your palm.

Karen Drucks
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3 years ago

Wish I'd known this one...still have a scar from a large splinter many years ago

Shilo Harrington
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3 years ago

Very interesting!

dougdoug
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3 years ago

this works for your palm... not fingers fyi

Hailey Jones
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3 years ago

I never tried that. Next time my kids get a splinter I am gonna try it !

Hailey Jones
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3 years ago

I've never tried that. Next splinter my kids get in trying it!

Maureen Mawson
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3 years ago

sounds good

Susan L. Miller
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3 years ago

No, but it sounds reasonable as long as the splinter is accessible!

Jamison Frances
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3 years ago

Seems logical to me.

Wombat34
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3 years ago

Clever idea. I will try this.

Monica Alderson
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3 years ago

I always just cut and dig them out. This would have been great when I was a kid, though. The sensation of having a splinter was so awful, and having it pulled out hurt worse!

LizzyM
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3 years ago

"The sensation of having a splinter was so awful"... was... WAS afwul? Even as an adult it's a bloody nuisance!

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Shannon Prestegard
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3 years ago

Yes and for blackheads and ingrown hairs

Denise Mirto
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3 years ago

have to remember this one

Wendy Rance
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3 years ago

Iv always used my nan as way which is sugar and soap on a plaster draws it out and it's worked every time

Chris Causey
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3 years ago

Doesnt work.

Flora Polvado
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3 years ago

This is how my grandma got my splinters out, so long as they aren't too deep or too large it works.

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Miss Kepik
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3 years ago

Kop kop an!

Potatos r cool
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3 years ago

It's happened on accident from just playing around with a old candle thing, next thing you know, my splinters at the bottom of the freakin candle thing!! Coolest thing that ever happened to me. God dammit I'm not talking to anyone shit , bye who am I talking to?!?! Stupid dumbass

Sas
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3 years ago

Wait longer and it comes out by itself

Juana
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3 years ago

OR douse a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and apply to splinter area. In a couple of days the skin will peel off along with splinter.

Ophelia Brooks
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3 years ago

But why wait a couple of days?

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Rosanne Sterenborg
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It looks like the steam also makes human bodies dissappear. Creepy!

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Dhanya Munro
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I have broken enough glasses already . I wish I had known this trick.

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Sophie G
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define hot!

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Juana
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3 years ago

What is sal-amoniac?

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Marioara Popescu
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This is a very useful life hack. I always needed to draw a duck without pencil leaving the paper and l strugled so much...

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

This just reminds me of something involving drugs. IS THE BUTTER PURE?!!

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Marioara Popescu
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Why would you want dry potatoes?

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Reading this in 2017 is hilarious. "grabs phone and sees weather for next 7 days"

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Craig Wright
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"How to prevent jug snakes from laying eggs on your feet."

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Mary Magennis
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Ok, this one I will try. Do they have a hack for when the candle is too small? ;)

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Stille20
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3 years ago

hmmm. Interesting. I feel like this could be use for certain kinds of flower arrangements.

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Anamaria Sânziana
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3 years ago

This is really helpful

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Craig Wright
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"How to attract the larger male match during mating season using a captured female."

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Crochet Rox
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3 years ago

This chick likes it better when you forget the water and leave the wine in the nottle!

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Curious Cat
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3 years ago

will try this on my Monet next time it gets dirty.

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Heather Kopacz
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3 years ago

A slice of bread also picked up the small bits

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Bessy Eek
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3 years ago

This is not about how to avoid eggs cracking, it's how to keep cracked eggs whole while boiling — are you people illiterate? Consider the fact that people in those days wouldn't throw away an ENTIRE, NUTRITIOUS egg just because it was a little damaged.

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Curious Cat
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3 years ago

Thus ends Red Lobsters reign of terror

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Craig Wright
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3 years ago

Whosoever knocks over the urn now, must agree to consume all of the sand, as is customary.

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Flora Polvado
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Apologies to germaphobes, but it is far easier on the form arm and wrist, especially with a full pitcher.

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Linda Stark
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3 years ago

Milk works, my husband had a pen that leaked in the pocket of his nice white shirt and I soaked it in milk. All the ink went.

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Sophie G
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3 years ago

okWHATjusthappenedinthere

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Dnelle1972
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3 years ago

Where are we supposed to be getting all of this sand?

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Mary Stueben
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3 years ago

Don't most knots get tighter the harder you pull?

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Craig Wright
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3 years ago

"How to prevent an ornery broom from taking to the air."

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Jim
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3 years ago

Sure, no poisonous gas here....

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Craig Wright
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"How to discover your house's hidden interdimentional portal or rift."

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Jim
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3 years ago

Or don't smoke Gallaher Cigarettes.

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Pam Thompson
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3 years ago

Add this final step - hold your arm overhead with fingers 'loosely' straightened - gravity will help blood leave the finger. Jeweler's trick.

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Ariel
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3 years ago

Walking in backwards from a cold place to a warm place also stops glasses from fogging up.

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Craig Wright
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Maidens are often quick-witted and nimble. How are we to catch them and extract the hair for this experiment?

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Marioara Popescu
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3 years ago

What is real lace and what is calcined magnesia?

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Curious Cat
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3 years ago

nice.. now i can wear my loafers on the beach..

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Marioara Popescu
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3 years ago

"how to shave a pipe"

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Cassie
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3 years ago

This works in the northern hemisphere. The method is different for the southern hemisphere. http://www.wikihow.com/Use-an-Analog-Watch-as-a-Compass

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Rin Rin
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3 years ago

At first I saw a man blowing onto pigeon, slightly confusing.

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Craig Wright
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"Be sure to take photos of your experiment using the Gallagher quad copter - pictured at bottom right. Now with compass and extra nicotine."

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Ellen Jakub
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3 years ago

Bodkin - a blunt, thick needle with a large eye used especially for drawing tape or cord through a hem.

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Mary Magennis
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3 years ago

And if you soak an egg for a week in vinegar, the shell disappears & the egg becomes see-through & pickles

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

"upsetting" . Even accidents were talked about poilitely

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Mary Magennis
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Useful for children! LOL

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Astrid Kernbauer
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I do this daily

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Psic. B. Elizabeth Herrejón Cortés
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3 years ago

And you will have wasted a horrible amount of water :/

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Sylvie P
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3 years ago

Sadly, now, ordinary cloth pins are made of plastic and would melt...

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Caitlyn McCracken
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"Prolonged respectability". I love when my shoes have that

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

when plastic didn't exist....

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Sophie G
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3 years ago

I'd have glued myself stuck indoors forever

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Mary Magennis
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3 years ago

I now limp in pain, but at least my shoes don't squeak.

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Helen Eldridge
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3 years ago

Or if you haven't got wire, get a piece of thread and put a loop in each end. One end goes round the pencil and the other round a drawing pin or straight pin stuck into the paper.

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

"shoot the stump several times"

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Mary Magennis
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Especially useful after walking with brads inserted into the soles of one's shoes.

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Flora Polvado
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3 years ago

This is a great method to use in batik or tie dying

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Kjorn
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who still use nails?

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Cat-lover
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Water? Well, if it is water-based paint yes... Otherwise, I would use some kind of oil.

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rick hctep (Rick45)
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I used to make these by rolling the old news paper into tubes then flatten them and then plat them, they used to burn longer doing it this way.

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Marioara Popescu
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3 years ago

OMG, someone do this with their apple computer.

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Marioara Popescu
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Wtf is spermaceti?

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