Genius People Share Their Smartest 'Different Product Use' Life Hacks
You sort of never know what you're in for when you buy something. You know what you hope that product will be used for, but there's no way to truly know whether or not it will work. And if you're resourceful....you'll find a different use for it.
Redditor BigFlays wanted an idea of how to tap into these unused resourced, and so asked:
Here were some of the answers.
Money, Money, Money
Pennies are far more useful for checking your tire treads and making souvenirs at the zoo than being used as currency.
Neoprene. Apparently it was originally used as a lining for industrial waste but obviously now makes a good wetsuit (and has many other industrial uses).
I never once used baby oil on my baby... but I use it to remove eye makeup whenever I wear eye makeup.
Tube guitar amps. They were never intended to produce distortion, but a whole genre of music was born by "misusing" them!
Royal Dansk tins as sewing kits. It seems universal, every person I've spoken to, every ethnicity, age, culture--- they all know about it. Amazing.
Clear nail polish works so well to fix small holes or seal things.
Not Just For The Courts
A tennis ball. Entertains animals for days, works as an amazing massage tool in physical therapy, protect your floors from chairs that scratch and more!
Originally, gasoline was a by product of making kerosene. Dunno if it counts but by products don't usually have an intended use.
A whole slew of medications.
My daily medication is an anti-seizure medication. Works like sh-t as an anti-seizure medication, but works fantastically as an anti-psychotic.
Adults And Kids Love It!
Pedialyte for hangovers.
Pipe cleaners, meant for cleaning tobacco pipes. More often used in a million craft projects.
Melamine foam, AKA magic eraser sponges.
Melamine foam was originally used as pipe insulation and soundproofing but was later discovered to clean surfaces like magic!
Aluminum foil. People use it to wrap food while they can use it to make rockets, electromagnets and hats that prevent the government from mind-controlling you.
Hair conditioner works best as shaving foam than some brands of shaving foam.
Viagra WAS intended to help treat high blood pressure.
I'm going to say kerosene as it relates to glass cutting. Kerosene is a freaking energy dense fuel, which is why we use it to put sh-t in space. But damn when you dip your glass cutting tool in it before scoring a pane, freaking magic happens.
Paint can opener. I'm a cable technician, and I find myself outdoors in all manor of conditions. I keep a paint can opener in my vehicle to get mud, dog crap, and rocks out of the treads of my boots. Way better than the stick that breaks. Now, I keep one in my personal vehicle for when we take the dogs out to the park.
The Most Unexpected
I was a medic in the Army.
Tampons were part of my regular trauma kit in the field because they were perfect for quickly plugging gunshot wounds.
I always keep fingernail clippers in my purse because I can use them to cut SO. MANY. THINGS. Little plastic tags on new clothes, zip ties, or even yarn when you want to knit on a plane and they don't let you have scissors!
Probably everclear. It's supposed to be consumed, but is a fantastic cleaner
Not Just For Brushing Tooths
Toothbrushes for cleaning bikes and cars (not the whole car, just little corners).
Is Mayonnaise An Instrument?
Mayonnaise. Its amazing for removing stubborn stcky residues. Use it a lot in my job.
Not So Silly
Silly String is used by soldiers to detect tripwires.
Blame It On The Rain
Hair dryers if you need your shirt dry in a hurry.
I use the metal dental tool for pill openers. I have a hard time opening up tiny pill packets so I used my metal plaque thingy to open them. I have four or five hidden in random places. I mean what cruel AF person would design migraine meds in that freaking things. I
As we grow older, we may find our relationships with people in our lives have evolved drastically.
There are usually no hard feelings when distance and life experience test the endurance of our friendships.
But, sometimes, it's time to cut our losses.
Curious to hear how people's friendships were deliberately cut short, Redditor ionlyhaveme asked:
"What ended your relationship with your best friend?"
The following people realized their friends' conniving and manipulative ways were no longer worth their time.
"Their negative as hell attitude towards EVERYTHING including pretty innocuous, normal problems."
"I couldnt handle how bitter they had become...it was toxic."
Lies And More Lies
"She made up a story about being pregnant by rape, being addicted to pain killers, and then miscarrying said pregnancy. also she said she wanted my boyfriend and manipulated me into feeling guilty for being with him. she was dating someone else at the time. she admitted she was lying about everything in order to 'test my friendship'. I walked out that day."
"He cheated on his girlfriend, who I was close friends with before I ever met him, multiple times with multiple girls and was then bragging about it. So I told her."
Romance complicates things. These Redditors can attest to that.
The Girl Whose Heart Belonged To Someone Else
"The girl he liked told him she liked me. That was the start of it. He just got distant after that happened. Then he got together with another girl who convinced him to stop hanging out with the rest of us and now we never hear from him."
Love In The Equation
"I had Feelings for him. He knew. After 4 years I couldn't torture myself anymore and ended the friendship. 3 months after that he claimed he always loved me. Oof."
"I had my first 'girlfriend' when I was 17. I was a super awkward kid (and a f'king a**hole) who had never even kissed a girl, and she was my first. She was a friend of my best friend who set us up as dates for junior prom. Well, we only 'dated' briefly, I was completely out of my depth, and she broke up with me after less than two months. About 2 months later, she was dating my best friend who set us up. Well, he texted me about it afterwards to ask if I was ok with it, and I lied and said I was.
As I said, first 'love' and all that, awkward teenage drama bullsh*t. Well, I bottled it up until the night before graduation almost a year later, I went to a baseball game with a few friends, but without my 'best friend', and I for whatever reason decided that that was the perfect time to tear him apart via text message. I went off, called him a bunch of horrific sh*t, and called him a p**sy for not even responding. An overwhelming feeling of 'what the f'k have I done?' washed over me. Well, graduation happens, he was crying when I saw him and said nothing to him. That night, my 'ex' texted me, and I brilliantly doubled down. Well, eventually a year or two passed and we patched things up, but we agreed that we would never really be friends again. I run into him once every few years and we are cordial. This was over a decade ago. Easily in the top three biggest regrets of my life."
A friend doesn't have to necessarily harm you personally in order for you to unfriend them. Their actions alone can speak for themselves.
"He stole $300,000 from the company we both worked. It was over a period of time and I'm the one that figured it out."
"I found out he regularly beat up his girlfriend."
The One Who Went To Prison
"My best friend went to prison and came out a nazi. I'm not equipped to deprogram that and can't be around that."
A lot of Redditors also mentioned time was a common factor resulting in friends cutting each other off.
When neither person is willing to make an effort to reach out to the other, both are complicit in the demise of that friendship.
I have friends with whom I can pick up right where we left off, no matter how much time has passed.
Sure, life gets in the way, but those are the friendships I should make an effort to hold on to.
The moral of the thread is, if you have that one person in your life you think of fondly but fell out of touch with, it's never too late to reach out to them.
Why wonder what they're up to when you can easily DM or text them, or better yet, give them a random call. Life is short.
Life hacks, as defined by Urban Dictionary, are, "A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one's life easier or more efficient."
Reddit, what are your best lifehacks?
Most life hacks are meant to make things smoother in your daily routine, making sure you are never caught with your pants down.
Turns out sometimes it's also making sure you straight up just have pants.
Keeping An Extra Set Handy
"Back when I was 18-26, I always had one full bag packed in my car. It generally had clean underwear, a t-shirt or two, jeans, shorts, flops, and toothbrush/deodorant. I can't tell you how many times I'd just meet up with some friends and next thing you know it was 2AM and I needed a place to sleep. Having everything with me was awesome."
"Slightly different structure to mine, but I do something similar. Under the back seat of each of my trucks I have a roll of clothes. T-shirt, pair of jeans, socks, and undies. The difference is, instead of a bag, I have it tightly wrapped up in stretch wrap. Its like kitchen saran wrap but we use it in receiving to wrap bundles / pallets. The benefits are it keeps it super compact and effectively watertight. The times I've had to crack one open often have been because my current clothes got either soaked or dirty working, so nice and dry was a huge benefit."
Having It All Ready The Night Before
"Make lunch for work the night before."
- Groceries are way cheaper than eating out every day -- screw anyone who thinks you're lame because you don't have a Timmyho bagel or BK for lunch everyday. I'm saving 4-5$ per meal
- Not making lunch the morning makes the morning that much smoother.
"Also, putting socks on before pants. I believe the quote from the OP was something like socks are pant lubricants. Believe it."
Stomping Along The Work Of Others
"Here is a lifehack for all of the students out there. If you are charged with writing a lengthy research paper, find one very solid source that directly pertains to your thesis, and then you can use that source's bibliography to back into locating new sources."
"One of my professors calls this "raping the bibliography" and says that it's perfectly acceptable and done all the time in academia. Furthermore, you're under no obligation to credit the source you used to find the bibliography unless you use something directly in that article. Last, but not least, they have already written out the bibliography entry for you!"
A big swath of life hacks are all about speeding things along, with the intention of making your day go smoothly thus leaving you more free time for your hobbies and interests.
Keep The Closet Clear
"Putting my clothes in my closet with the hangers reversed once a year. As I pull clothes out, I reverse the hanger. Every year I give away any clothes that I never took out."
"I do something similar. I put all the clothes I hang up each week on the left side of the closet, with each week sliding everything right to make room. Eventually the stuff I dont wear makes its way to the right. thats the stuff I ditch."
Can't Leave Home Without It
"When you need to remember to bring something with you, put your car keys on it the night before..."
Here's A List!
- If there's something I need to do but am procrastinating, I find something else I also need to do that's even more of a chore. I can then put off doing the second thing by doing the first.
- I set up automatic bill payment for everything. I don't remember precisely when those payments will go out. The fear of a bounced check or declined payment keeps me from getting too close to a zero balance.
- Anything I need to remember, I write down.
- Anything I need to take with me goes near the keys or the shoes.
- I used to have my computer set up to start playing a specific iTunes playlist on the stereo at a certain time. The playlist was exactly as long as I had in the morning and went from chill songs to more energetic. Throughout my morning routine, I could always tell how I was doing on time by the currently playing song.
- Celebrate my successes. I don't have a lot of self-discipline, so when I do actually exert some, I try to reward myself to encourage me to do it more.
- If there's something big I want to get done, I tell all my friends I'm going to do it. The fear of looking like an @ss helps keep me motivated.
"That last one (#7) is how I quit smoking. In addition to telling all my friends and family, I put on my whiteboard at the office the number of days I went without a cigarette in addition to the last time I had one."
"Last Cigarette: October 17th 2008 6:30 AM Time Since Then: <some value>
"Every time I increased the number, I felt a small victory. At some point changing the value everyday just became a habit and somewhat trivial."
"At 100 days or so, I started putting weeks instead of days."
"Not only did it keep me accountable, people would occasionally see it while in my office and tell me "good job!". While I knew they had no idea how incredibly hard it was to quit, knowing that people recognized my effort fueled me even further."
"At some point, I finally stopped remember to change the number every Friday (70+ weeks)."
"Currently, I do not know how long it has been since I have had a cigarette, but I can tell you the exact time I had my last one."
Let's be honest with ourselves: The real reason we'd like a functioning life hack is because we want to, at some point, save money or make more money. Turns out there's a few ways to keep those dimes.
Keeping It Separate
"I keep separate bank accounts from my wife. We have my account, her account, and our account. Any shared cost (savings, house, insurance, utilities, etc...) gets deducted from our joint account and we contribute an agreed amount to it from every paycheck. We maintain total responsibility and independence for our personal expenses. It has saved us a TON of headache and I would have it no other way. If she's not working, fine, I contribute her share to the joint account, and give her an agreed upon upon allowance. If I'm not working, it goes the other way. This allows us to surprise each other with gifts and eliminates any possible financial resentment."
"Edit: This is about accountability and personal freedom. When one party makes less than the other, the contribution amounts are adjusted proportionately - this is key."
Not Falling Prey To The System
"Never owe money on a car and never carry a Credit Card balance. It makes my life way easier and it is my way of saying F-ck You to the debt encouraging system we live in."
"While I'd argue that the car angle is largely improbably for most of us, I can't agree enough with the credit card thing."
"About 5 years out of college I had roughly 15k of credit card debt. I'd pay double the minimum and slowly work them down, only to run them up again when I wanted/needed something. It took me three years, but I finally got it all paid off and haven't run up anything higher than a thousand or so since then."
"The trick is to consolidate. Put all your bills on one card. Make sure to call around and get the best possible balance transfer rate for the longest. (I lucked out at something like 1% until it was paid off). Then, take all the money you were paying on all the separate cards, plus a little extra, and hit it hard."
"(For the geeky among you, imagine it as using a super-powerful attack month after month to reduce the health bar of your debt.)"
"It took about $500 a month, which made things tight, but doable. The best part was that once the debt is paid, you've gotten accustomed to living in that -$500 a month fashion, and find yourself with an extra $500 in your pocket (or savings) each month. So when you do want/need to spend, you've got the cash on hand."
Doing It On The Company Dime
"Poop at work. You'll be using less of your own tp and more of your company's time. I started going into the john to play games on my cell phone for 5-10 minutes just to take a break; while I was in there I'd pinch one out. After a few weeks I realized that I hadn't replaced my own tp at my apartment in a while."
Make active choices, be conscious about the decisions you're following through on, and most of all, be forgiving of yourself. You're not going to get these all right on the first try. It'll take a few attempts to make these part of your day to day, but it'll all be worth it in the long run.
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I've seen enough end-of-the-world movies to know that when the end does come that The Rock will not be there to save my lazy self from impending doom. Life isn't like the movies, sad to say. The relationship humans have to the world is remarkably unhealthy, and as we continue to reckon with the consequences of big business running the world, exploiting resources, and pushing us ever further toward climate catastrophe––
*takes a deep breath*
Sorry, got a bit carried away there... the anxiety is real. I promise that there are some more humorous answers sprinkled in this article, thanks to the efforts of Redditor TwoTimeToj, who asked the online community,
"What is most likely to cause humanity's extinction?"
"I've always thought..."
"I've always thought that humans will begin modifying DNA and making cyborg-like modifications to the human body until we reach the point that the concept of human will be so diluted that we will have to call ourselves another way, leading to the extinction of humanity as we know it."
So what you're saying is... On the next season of Westworld... the humans strike back.
"I think people..."
"I think people really underestimate what it would take to actually completely exterminate our entire species. We already bounced back from a population collapse down to under 10,000 once, we could do so again. Nuclear war, ecological collapse, incurable disease; I highly doubt that any of them could kill everyone. Even if it's just a few isolated pockets in the outback or the jungle that survive, that's still not extinction.
Honestly, I think it would take a cosmic catastrophe (asteroid/comet impact, gamma ray burst, etc) to completely obliterate us and that assumes that it occurs soon enough that we don't have viable populations outside of Earth."
If an asteroid or comet or gamma ray burst is going to hit us, then I suppose it would all be over mercifully quick. That's not soooo bad, I suppose.
"Zorp The Surveyor will come down to earth and end human existence by melting off everyone's faces with his volcano mouth."
Well, at least I'd laugh while I meet my maker.
"A bad-tempered, bureaucratic alien species of space engineers deciding to construct a hyperspace bypass through our solar system."
I've seen this movie. It was just okay... Ridley Scott, what were you doing?
(Don't get me started on Alien: Covenant).
"How about solar flares? What if there comes a solar flare that fries all electronics? Suddenly, we'd have no transportation, no food because it relies on transportation, no running water, no pacemakers, etc.?"
"The inevitable continuation..."
"The inevitable continuation of the mass extinction of insects leading to the mass die-off of vegetation leading to starvation. But climate disasters will be happening simultaneously along with social unrest (magnified by the increasing disparity between the wealthy and everyone else), so there will be plenty to kill off most of us before we get to the starving part."
I think nuclear war. The madman theory states that no sane person would launch a nuke due to the fact it would end the world, but I don't think sane people end up in power, and I definitely don't think someone in power would concede power as a result of war without lobbing one final and world-ending "f*** you."
And the theory of nuclear deterrence states that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence. So far that's held, but... fingers crossed.
"I think it'll be a full-on Idiocracy situation. We're already over-branding everything, and getting more aggressively stupid. The regressives will take over the planet, and not know how to run anything. The problem is that no one has ever invented those auto-deactivating cryogenic pods, so Luke Wilson won't wake up and tell them to use water on their crops. Then they'll all starve."
"Greed of manufacturing companies causing pollution/rubbish that destroys the planet for us."
"Most of our societies..."
"I see most of the likely guesses already. Decent chance that we'll make our planet uninhabitable in the next 100 years or so, but there's another possibility.
Most of our societies are evolving in a deeply unhealthy way. We're not interacting physically with members of our communities and establishing connections to the people who share our cities and towns with us. In the hierarchy of needs, social connection is not high but it is there and you can already see the effects of it not being met.
I think that even if we dodge all the other bullets we'll raise enough subsequent generations of children that feel no attachment to other humans that we'll just lose our will to continue. I already see young people today who will never know the joy of a neighborhood pickup game of baseball or going to their pub to socialize or just hanging out with friends. All of their social gratification comes from talking to people online who are much more like them. There is less effort required to understand someone who likes all the same games, music and art that you do than there is to some kid on your track team, so they take the path of least resistance and a lot gets lost in that process.
This is not some cranky old man complaining about the next generation. I don't see them as entitled or lazy. I see them as the victims."
We live in a big and beautiful world. It's just a shame that we treat it as if we have somewhere else to go. Maybe if enough people get that, then we'll be just fine, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Let's talk about sex babies. Don't blush, talk to us. It's healthy to chat about lovemaking. For too long we've all been oppressed about this matter. We're taught to be silent. But this topic is no longer taboo (thank you, Madonna) and as long as we chat respectfully, then there is no harm.
I'm always fascinated to hear about the details leading up to sexytime between strangers or first times between lovers. More often than not it feels like simple dumb luck. Like, sex just fell into your lap. How does that happen? Is it luck, or is there an idiot savant plan in motion? Talk to me...
Redditor u/Residential_Raccoon wanted to know some tricks of the trade that the rest of us may be able to use, by asking:
What's the dumbest way you've managed to get laid?
Sometimes it's just a look. A direct look across the room or a crowded corridor can change the plans for the evening in some fabulous ways. When sex is involved, words aren't always necessary. I can attest.
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"I jokingly told my sister's friend she was on my To Do List. She took it seriously and asked if I wanted to cross her off."
"A girl I met in class was lost for her next class. Showed her the way and got her number (you know, if she gets lost again). We parted for the day. She was pretty so I ran the story to my roommate. Roommate decided to play a dumb joke by sending her a message saying that I miss her already. She texted her dorm address. Brought some food but she wanted to do something else. That was it. Lol."
"A girl I worked with told my mate that she had a thing for me. Mate told me so on the next night out I approached her with unflappable confidence and we had a good night. Spoke to my mate the next day about it and he told me he got her name wrong, it was another girl who liked me."
"Update: Thanks for the awards! Totally unnecessary but much appreciated. And yes, I did end up having a casual thing with girl 2 a couple of months later."
"Parked in a multi-story carpark while we went on our first date (had some grub). End of the night I offer her a lift home, she accepts. We walk to where I parked. The multi-story carpark is locked after 10pm, I hadn't noticed signs saying this would happen and didn't think it was a freaking thing in the first place. She invites me back to her sofa after I ask for any recommendations on taxi providers. An hour later we're both having the sex of our lives."
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"I was at a bar and a girl sat down next to me."
"Her: What brings you here?"
"Me: tryna get laid."
"Her: lol, me too."
"Me: (looking around the room). Yeah, there's some good looking people here."
"Her: (says nothing, just stares at me)"
Now why can't things like that happen to me? Those are movie scenarios. We're all just a pent up bag of sexy explosives. Just laying around waiting for someone to strike a match.
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"Spotless bathroom, she told me later she was undecided until she seen my bathroom was spotless."
"My friend was at the club and he's the kind of guy that doesn't go to clubs at all. He saw a girl on the dance floor he liked and we all told him he should go talk to her. He went down and 10 min later we see him walking out the club with the girl he liked. We were all shocked he got a girl the first try. The next day we asked what happened and he told us he just complimented how good her belly button looked. We all laughed our butt off."
Seth for the Win!
"A tinder match said I looked like Seth Rogen, she invited me to a hangout. When I got there she told me that "if she could have sex with any celebrity, it would be Seth Rogen"and I laughed, she then introduced me to a couple of her friends, and she asked them "if I could mess with any celebrity, who would it be?" And they both said "Seth Rogen". And I was a close enough second!"
Feet for the Win
"A woman at my job said that my feet were sexy. I was wearing sandals. I said ok, thanks. Before our workday was over she asked if I wanted to go to her place, I was like, sure, thinking this was just a social visit. We get to her place and she says, you need to shower, I was like, ummm ok. I took a shower and she steps in as well and from there on we had lovely sex."
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"Stared at this woman and when she said, "What!?" I said, "I'm trying to seduce you. I'm just really bad at it." We have three kids now."
Now that was some fun reading. And I def took copious notes. Did y'all? Take a chance, meet a new person... wear sandals.
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