Got the hiccups? Here's a simple solution.
Grab a glass of water and drink from the opposite side of the cup while tilting your head forward.
Try continuously gulping until the glass is empty. By the time you come back up for air, the annoying involuntary spasm should be gone.
Works like a charm, I tell ya.
Wanting to find out about other life hacks, Redditor Smileycircus asked:
When you don't have commercial house cleaning products, check your fridge for solutions. No, really.
Other helpful hacks include using lint, gravity, and plain dish soap.
"need to pick up small pieces of glass out of a carpet? Use a wet slice of bread. The surface tension 'sticks' to the peices of glass and the bread picking them out of the carpet. Just remember to vacuum afterwards."
Removing Wood Stain
"If you get wood stain in your hands, rub any kind of kitchen oil on it then wash your hands with warm water and dish soap! Works amazingly, otherwise I think I would still have that stuff on me and it's been about three months since then."
"Edit: there seems to be a few confused people not knowing what wood stain is, it's basically just a really sticky/oily substance you put on wood to give it a darker color!"
Use For Lint
"Save the lint from your dryer and roll in vaseline. My grandpa used these back in the day when we'd go on hunting trips. Hed make them quarter to half dollar size and keep in a metal tin and the vaseline also made them virtually water proof. What we used for our campfires being poor white trash lol."
Let Gravity Be Your Guide
"Dead batteries bounce when dropped on a hard surface. Good batteries don't."
"This is better than my older sister's method back in the day. She used to tell me to put the prongs of the battery on my tongue, and if it shot me with pain, it was still live. I fell for this a couple years in a row; I was not very bright, and longed to hang out with her and her cool friends!"
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
These harmless cheat systems will make you sleep easier at night – both mentally, and physically.
Read At Your Own Pace
"If you have a Kindle and are renting e-books from the library, put it in airplane mode and when it's due back, the book will still return but the content will still be on your device until you turn off airplane mode."
"I don't usually finish my books before they are due back so this trick works great."
Breathe With Ease
"If your nose is stuffy and congested (or you can try it regardless, it works anyway) press firmly on the bridge of your nose for about 15 seconds. You'll feel your sinuses draining and it helps immensely if you've been crying for a while and it feels like your face hurts."
"There's other pressure points too but that's a good quality of life hack"
When You Can't Contain Yourself
"If you feel like you need to laugh or scream, but you are not in a place where this is appropriate, open your mouth and breathe out an entire lungful like 'haaaa.' It will mitigate the feeling, and it's barely audible."
The Right Head Space
No need to wrack your brain when writing dissertations or when you're trying to comprehend something that just won't sink in.
Because when all else fails, you can use your rubber duck.
It's All In The Font
"Learned this a while back and for some strange reason it's actually helped. When you have an assignment to type out like an essay to write, use the comic sans font and your ideas just flow out of you. As opposed to times new roman or any other official font, you're less worried about the 'correctness' of each sentence and you can just write without being too much in your head. Then of course before submitting have a read through and change it to the official font required."
"If you want to make sure you understand something, try to explain it out loud to a rubber duck."
"Edit: Y'all, I'm a programmer. I know the origins. But it's useful in learning anything - not just debugging!"
The Right Portion
"Serve your food on a smaller plate. Tricks the brain into thinking its a large portion."
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade OR use the lemon juice to get ride of unwanted highlighter markings.
Just cut a lemon in half, get a cotton swab and soak the tip with the magical citrus elixir and glide it across the unwanted stain and watch it disappear.
All the previously mentioned "tricks" may or may not be 100% effective for you, but what have you got to lose? Lint and bread?
It's a small price to pay, if you ask me.
While there are plenty of scams out there that scream "SKETCHY" and drive most people away immediately, there are other shake-downs that operate pretty far below the radar.
In fact, these all-too-common ploys make one wonder exactly where the line between scam and rip off actually is.
They're not scams in the formal sense. Nothing illegal is happening and nobody ever lies per se. But all the while we're shelling out way more cash than we'd like for reasons we don't quite understand.
jungledolphiiin asked, "What's the biggest scam we all just accept?"
Knowledge is Power
"COLLEGE TEXT BOOKS."
"You need edition 10 for this class. They change one chapter in the book make it a new edition over price it and f*** the college kids. Always drove me nuts when I was I college."
Inch by Inch
"Commercials on subscription tv." -- Fatalis_Drakk
"This was the original point of cable TV, that you'd pay a fee for it and the shows would be commercial free." -- throwawayobviqxy
"That will bring back piracy" -- liquidsh**sinmypants
Multiple Streams of Income
"Authors need to pay to get published, but readers need to pay to read them. What a load of bullsh**." -- Nekronous
The Earliest Scam
"Mom: tell me the truth and I wont be mad" -- SkysHorrorPlace
"Or Principal: if you are the person who did this one bad thing, tell us who you are now and we won't punish you" -- go_away-im_not_here
"Same with the cops." -- mumsheila
"Ticket master 'convenience' fees" -- s32ddd
"Convenience fees for paying online" -- __flatline__
"I always ask them, convenience to who?" -- dcotoz
"The DMV is the worst one, IMO. There's a convenience fee to pay it online, and there's a 'counter fee' to pay in person." -- JonesNate
Honoring Properly, For a Price
"How expensive funerals are. Companies are taking advantage of emotions, and it's actually cruel."
"Someone died for goodness sake, and now you want to break people's banks over it because 'it's what grandma would have wanted'!!!"
Some Strategic Pricing
"Hear me out. When the only options are a large and a small, if the large is $5 but the small is $2, the theaters don't want you to pick the small. So they'll invent a medium size."
"But instead of pricing the medium as perfectly between $2 and $5 ($3.50), they'll price the medium as slightly less than the large."
"So, in your mind, you think 'well, I could get even more popcorn for just a little bit more. I'd be a fool to miss out on that deal.'"
"The theater never wanted you to pick the medium. They just artificially made the large more attractive."
"Data caps" -- TheHeroicOnion
"Seriously. It's like a nickel a TB in electricity, maybe less."
"But the ISPs and Cell Phone providers act like the data is being handled by a switchboard where people have to manually move cables around so that you can get your Facebook feed." -- Snoo74401
"Being forced to always click 'I accept terms and conditions' by every company online for everything, no matter what those conditions are."
"Need to pay some medical bills? Well, you can only do it on xxx.paythedoc.cm and if you DON'T agree to terms and conditions, you can't get it done."
"Need to order a specific part from a company? Same thing. Even agreeing to Zoom meetings, if I remember correctly."
"So we've raised an entire generation of people who don't even bother reading contracts because they are conditioned to believe you have no choice but to agree to the contract."
"This is extremely insidious and there's no real recourse."
"The value of diamonds" -- C**tyMcGiggles
"My wife was talking about how she wants more/bigger diamonds for her ring for our 10 year. It's a few years away but sh** if she wants that I better start saving now."
"Then I asked how she felt about the lab diamonds. Game changer. She said they look exactly the same and would be fine with it."
"I'll possibly financially recover from this." -- Yakstein
Dear spam callers and telemarketers.... hang up and go find something to do with your lives!!! How in the world in this day and age is this still a job or a good idea when trying to sell things or collect debt? This can't be a fulfilling job. But why they are doing this is not the concern of those of us answering. We just have to find out creative ways to avoid or scare these people.Redditor u/Jezza_K wanted to hear some advice on how to rid ourselves of those phone callers we all want to rid ourselves of by asking.... What the best way to answer to a spam call?
Play along but pretend to be a total idiot. 'Hmm laptop on...do I need to plug it in first??' Icannotgoforthat
The other day I let the telemarketer get about 2 questions into their script and then I interrupted them and said the following, "wait, hold up. Hold up. Hold on. Wait hold up. Holdupholdupholdupholdup. Wait... hold up. Hold on. Hold up. Hold up, hold up, hold up. Hold on. Hold up. Okay."
Then she hung up, which I'm actually pretty proud of because most of those telemarketer places have rules that keep them from being allowed to hang up unless you threaten or swear at them. Waste my time and I'll waste yours. SloopyDoops
What's your beef?
"Home of the Whopper. What's your beef?"
"Thank you for calling Good Burger. Home of the Good Burger. Can I take ya awder?"
"Trojan condoms. We'll come before you do. Is this for pick up or delivery?"
"Thank you for calling your local scientology volunteer service. You're hired." CrashMcCloud
I don't trust her.
What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada.
I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years. She's never taken another lover. I don't care. I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier. Scaro88
No.... X 10!Giphy
Just answer "no" to whatever they say. My uncle has got spam calls on the phone for over 5 minutes, while just saying "no" to whatever they say. Jaxerfp
"You mortal fool! You dare summon me when I am most powerful?!?!? you must have a death wish and I assure you it will be granted!!!!"
But in the softest voice You can muster. Mental_Plague_Rat
"Dayton city morgue." Is a favorite of mine, also "Dayton city Insane Asylum, how may I make your day crazier?"
But 90% of my spam calls are robot calls so it hardly works.
Also, I use these when relatives call. It gives them a good laugh. CoffeeCat072083
Spam them back. Sell them something ridiculous until the point when they give you their credit card number, but stop and shame them for what they do. Lost_Borealian
I just say in a very robotic voice "Hello, you have reached the customer service line for Johnson's assassinations. For a gunning, press 1, for kidnapping press 2, for a thermonuclear strike on the target's home town press 3. uglyatheist
A good friend of mine has my favorite way to do it:
He'd answer, and wait to make sure it was actually a scammer. Then, after about a minute of their pitch, he'd start screaming "OHHHHHHHHH GOD MY BUTHOOOOOOLE. MY DAMN BUTHOOOOOOOOOLE."
10/10 they'd hang up. Fleebledee
My great grandpa was hilarious. He once got a phone call from this man who told him he needed two thousand dollars to open a bank account, and that when it was open he would send him the money. He said he desperately needed the money. So my grandpa takes him on a three hour adventure, during which he fakes himself getting fired, wrecking his car, and eventually getting hit by a car all to mess with a man who tried to scam a sixty year old veteran. It was truly hilarious. the-drunk-potato
"Homicide"... Michaels speaking. Hold on a second. Lewis.. Lewis! Put a sheet on that body. Ok, what do you want?" Greeblebrox
"What hang up?"
I typically say "I just have this one hangup with (whatever product)."
Typically you'll get a response like "What hang up?"
And that's when I hang up. jonahvsthewhale
It's the small things ya know.
I like pretending I'm old and they damn love it. Cuz they prey on the elderly so it's easy to get them to go along with it. Then just string them along with fake things and every so often yell "Oh no I've pooped my pants!!" It's the small things ya know. medicff
Sometimes I'll just play along, and then when they ask for my credit card info I'll put the phone down for like 10 minutes. If they stay on the line, I'll pick it back up and then give them the wrong credit card number, do it over and over again, and then pretend to get mad at them for making it too difficult. alpengeist19
Actual advice here: take the call but don't say anything, leave them hanging in silence.
After some tries they wont call you back and don't sell your number any further, worked wonders for me! N1kc1
Last one I got I simply answered with "Bonjour" and they hung up immediately. SexDeity
I've done a few with the rotating language game. Might need to brush up on a few more languages. Lol it's always risky if it turns out to be a real call. Front_Angle
I'm a guy. If it's a man on the other line I flirt with them, try to get a date. They hang up.
Well, now, wait a minute.... is that good or bad? Yes, I got them off the phone, but I didn't get the date. llcucf80
Did you ask them what they were wearing? cltzzz
Just North of Miami......
I tell them I don't have a credit card, but can mail them cash. That gets them interested so I can waste a lot of their time. I even had a guy give me apparently his home address in West Park, FL (just north of Miami). I contacted the local police there, and they said they were already looking into him. Dry-Report
This only applies for human beings btw.....
If you have time to waste, waste their time: pretend to comply but make up random errors for them to troubleshoot, provide slightly different information every time they ask for it, make them repeat whatever they say as often as possible, tell them to hang on one second and leave them on the line for as long as you wish.
This only applies for human beings btw. If you prove to be difficult enough, they may blacklist you. GonzoRouge
Bot 2 Bot....Giphy
Interestingly most spam calls are just recorded audio. So I fight fire with fire and let my phone's assistant answer. Usually they hang up in a few seconds. I think the robots realize they are talking to each other and hang up. ExpansiveAcorn7
A young schoolboy was unwittingly part of a prank on an older girl in their school cafeteria.
He was less of an active participant than an unfortunate bystander, though.
The boy was eating lunch with friends when two girls walked behind him, one covering the other's eyes.
It seems as though the girl's friends are going to surprise her with something, and surprise her they do—with a cream pie right to the face.
In a nasty trick of fate, the boy sitting behind her took the brunt of the sugary blow.
Reddit user u/yaitravka shared a GIF of the encounter to Reddit's r/Unexpected, and people are loving it.
His facial expression as he comes to terms with being covered in whipped cream is priceless.
One of the other boys got splashed a bit too but a little cream in the hair just isn't quite the same as a face full of the stuff.
Redditors really got a kick out of the video.
"This looks like the birth of a pie-themed super villain."
"Or the host of a kids game show where you get pied if you get the wrong answer."
"I will never not laugh at his expression."
"I can't believe you've done this."
Some were just shocked by the quality of the school lunch.
"The nice school lunch is the unexpected part, right?"
"I wonder what school this is, where they eat real food using actual porcelain bowls and glass cups?"
Others noted the guide's forethought in pulling back the girl's hair before pie impact.
"Can I just say from a girls perspective that her friend was super thoughtful for pulling her hair back before the pie. What a homie."
"Nah man, they aren't mean. Did you not see how that one girl started pulling her hair's friend out of the way before the pie came in?"
"Classic 'this is just for fun let's not ruin your whole day' move."
While everything seemed to turn out okay in the end, it might be best to check your surroundings carefully before pranking someone.
You never know who may inadvertently get pranked just because they're in the wrong place at the wrong time if you don't.