Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.
Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.
Here were some of those answers.
My Finger, The Glass
If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.
You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).
You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.
Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.
Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.
Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.
It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.
Pretty Important For Stage Actors
Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.
These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.
Obligatory Poop Hack
I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!
It's The Alcohol
If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.
But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy
True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.
Get It Off Anything
That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.
I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.
Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.
And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.
Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.
Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.
Just A Quick Little Base
The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.
Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.
A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).
Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.
Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!
Some jobs really don't serve a purpose to society, or they are a relic of times past that society has yet to say goodbye to.
We don't mean artists, of course: artists are essential to the growth and comfort of society. No, we are talking about those little jobs inserted here and there that don't seem to have a purpose to serve any longer.
Redditor u/thisisappealing asked:
Here were some of those answers.
The person whose job it is to send physical spam mail. Nobody even reads it anymore.
My wife went to med school and her student loans are all federal and are at 0% interest and are in forbearance right now. At least once a week she gets a letter from SoFi to refinance her loans which would make her ineligible for any sort of loan forgiveness or federal assistance. So much wasted paper and postage sending those letters.
Stuck In The Middle W You
In my experience: A large percentage of middle management. Usually they just wind up inventing fake work reports so they can appear to be adding value.
My company is trying to cut costs, and thankfully some of the layoffs and unfilled vacancies have been middle management. It makes me wonder what their purpose was in the first place? I swear management makes new management positions to give their work to.
My MIL tells me that during the days of the USSR there were people who sat at desks at the entrances of subway stations. They didn't actually do anything, but that was their job since by law for a while in the Soviet Union everyone needed to have a job.
Their job is to be unhelpful and surly. Those jobs still exist in some post-Soviet countries.
To be clear, we aren't disparaging employees, but rather the people that created these jobs and made everyone's lives harder.
Driving around Las Vegas I passed a mobile dog treadmill service. They come to your house and let your dog walk on a treadmill inside a Sprinter van.
idk i can see the value in this. las vegas can easily get over 100 degrees F outside, not guaranteed safe to walk a dog in that, could overheat or burn their paws. and not everyone wants a treadmill in their house
Bathroom attendant. Elevator operator.
Imma dispute Bathroom attendants by saying, their actual job is to keep drunks form trashing the stalls, the whole towels and mints shebang is to give them something to do on the meantime
I Am The Captain Now
Casino Barge Captain.
Many places in the US have riverboat casino laws that are used to justify large casino barges that are tethered in position and never move, not even having any engines or other means of conveyance.
Since they are technically barges despite being immobile they are legally required to have a Captain certified to operate vessels of that tonnage and crew on board at all times of operation.
I can't imagine a more gravy position than "exist on the premises with your piece of paper"
You May NOT Touch Your Gas
For the states that require it, the gas station employees that fill up your tank. I ended up in New Jersey and it was super awkward.
Saw this woman standing next to her SUV for ten minutes at the gas station. Finally she asks me why no one is pumping her gas for her. So I says to her "We hate you cause you're from New Jersey."
She looks at me amazed and asks how we can tell. Eventually I let her in on the joke and helped her pump her gas. She was in her 40s, had she never driven out of NJ before?
And we know people need jobs, so it's great that they're employed.
Up And Down
Elevator Operator. It's a union job. A dude sits in a chair next to the buttons. He asks you what floor you want to go to and he pushes the button.
SF hired elevator operators for the subway stations. They're only there to ensure people don't piss on the elevators... which they would otherwise do.
Sell Sell Sell!
Car sales people. Because you end up dealing with the sales manager when you actually purchase the vehicle. Car sales people can't even give you a price without checking with sales manager. They are literally there to babysit you.
These jobs are serving a purpose for the people working even if they don't serve anything for society
What is the most strangely unnecessary job you know of?
Messy People Describe The Difference Between 'This Is Acceptably Dirty' And 'I Have To Clean Right Now'
There is a difference between messy and dirty. The two often go together, but not everybody who is messy is dirty.
Clutter, clothing on the floor, and disorganization are not quite the same as bugs, mold, or other nasty icky things that grow upon neglected possessions. And messy people have their limits.
Here were some of those answers.
Procrastinator Is Here To Save The Day
When there's something else that I REALLY don't want to do... like taxes, I suddenly spring clean. That's the only time furniture is moved to clean everything
It's pretty much exactly like that scene from Black Books, haha
Behind The Façade
Whenever company is coming over. Gotta maintain the facade that I'm a clean, tidy individual.
Clean like crazy and when they arrive you say: "Sorry about the mess, its just been so busy here lately"
When i start losing stuff, in my mind so long as i know where everything is or can easily find it, it's not a mess
I feel this so hard. If I know what pile of junk something is in then it's not a mess, but if I can't find something then things are too messy.
Like we said--even messy people do have their limits. Dirty people....not so much.
Whistle While You Drink
If I look for something I need and have to remove mess in order to get to it. Then I get drunk and clean everything for hours.
Drunk cleaning with music on is super fun. People always think I'm weird for tidying up immediately after the last party guest has left. I just dance about like a tilt and get it done. Makes the hangover easier in the morning too
Just Til The Time Passes
I usually have a momentary pause and think "this is depressing" I'll then clean up for an hour and think "I hate doing this sh*t, it's close enough now."
I relate so much to this comment! I'm laughing at the "this is depressing" moment, because you couldn't have worded this any better.
Critical Mess Alert
I don't know, there is a point that I call 'critical mess' where I just have to tidy up. I can't define what 'critical mess' is, but I know it when I see it.
Yeah, I know that feeling! It's all good until it isn't. That's the point where you just go "okay f**k this" and start chucking everything into a garbage bag, piling laundry together, throwing papers into a pile. Like a big tidy-up explosion.
The Distinction Point
Yeah to me there's a firm distinction between messy (my house) and dirty. Messy is the unfolded pile of laundry that permanently exists in a pile in the laundry room.
Dirty is something that's going to start stinking or get sticky or attract bugs. That stuff gets cleaned right away.
And we, as messy people, can't really explain our ways....our brains are just as messy as our rooms.
You Married A Slob
My daughters online learning desk is in my husbands "man cave". She does all of her zoom classes and homework at this desk. My husband is a bit of a slob. He mostly leaves empty soda bottles laying around.
I didn't realize all these empty bottles were in frame to my daughters zoom classes until her music teacher emailed me and asked if I could clean up the room Because he wants to record the students singing for their choir practice. I was mortified and moved her desk out of there.
When I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and accidentally trip on whatever cluster f**k is covering my entire bedroom floor be it clothes or shoes or textbooks like that one time
Phone Rings, Door Chimes
My line is this: "If company suddenly drops in, how much do I have to tidy up?" If the answer is too much, my living conditions are not acceptable by any means.
My line is pretty similar. "How would I react to an unexpected visitor at this very moment?"
If the answer is anything beyond mild embarrassment, everything has to be cleaned immediately.
So you see, we do have it somewhat together. Just not all the way together. And we probably, truly, never will.
And that's okay too.
What's the line where you know something must be cleaned?
They say hindsight is 20/20. We can always look back and see what we should have done, but in the moment, it's really kind of impossible to see whether or not we are making a big mistake.
However, sometimes we mercifully get flashes of the consequences and stop ourselves from making the mistakes in the first place.
That simple action can dodge months or even years of difficult and strenuous personal trauma.
Here were some of those answers.
Not The Van
I got stopped by my mom who found something in my room and grounded me seconds before I was about to go get my tongue pierced in the back of a van. She didn't know about the van.
That's why I pierce people's tongues in my basement, professionals have standards.
One time, this POS who I grew up with asked me to give him my dad's gun so that he could use it to get back at somebody who robbed him in a drug deal.
I was stupid, and he was older and manipulative so I thought it was okay. He kept telling me to stop being a b*tch, and that he didn't even need bullets, he just wanted to scare somebody. Went home, looked for my dad's pistol, and by the grace of God, I couldn't find it in its usual spot. He convinced my other friend, we can call him "Steve", to take HIS dad's pistol when I couldn't find mine.
This idiot runs a stop sign while in possession of steve's dad's pistol, and he gets pulled over. Cops find the gun, Steve's dad almost lost his government job, and I live with horrible regret that I almost sacrificed my freedom and my dad's job for the approval of some ahole who wanted to use me.
We can definitely look back and see all of our mistakes on full display.
I was about to quit my job at the end of March 2020. Did not have anything else lined up, but had the letter written and everything. I was tired of the atmosphere of the workplace, my boss, going in to the office for the same job every day.
Ended up going to full time work-from-home 1 week before I was about to quit. Been that way ever since. Setting my own hours. Very little interference from my boss. Still a lot I don't like about the work, but I can see how it's a lot better than being jobless!
One Crisis Or Another Will Go Away
I almost broke up with my wife when we first started dating. I didn't and it was a really great choice because we are still doing good 17 years later.
That was a mistake I did make, but the other way around. I almost broke up with a guy after two years because sh*t was toxic but he convinced me to stay. Proceeded to abuse me for the next decade.
The upside is I got out a decade ago and have spent seven awesome years with my husband, who is also the closest friend I've ever had. I still got my happy ending, but waffling on that one decision altered my life greatly.
I almost had a one night stand with with an ex. I backed out at the last moment because my gut was telling me something was off. Found out later that she was trying to get pregnant. The next guy wasn't so lucky
This Ain't Cropdusting
I used to fly small airplanes. Departing a mountain airport with no internet access, I didn't have a clear picture of the thunderstorm activity I knew was ahead. The air traffic controller directing my flight suggested a route that would take me through some precipitation but outside the warned thunderstorm area I was in. Since I was blind and I assumed they could see the intensity of the precipitation on their scope, I nearly followed their directions. At the last minute my onboard weather system painted the precipitation which I recognized as a severe thunderstorm.
Upon querying the controller he said he could see if precipitation was present, but not the intensity. I had nearly flown straight into a thunderstorm. Thunderstorms can be powerful enough to break up small aircraft, and had I not observed that radar image, I might not be here today.
Lessons were learned. I started asking about intensities and for more information when controllers offered alternates. Never made that mistake twice.
And some of us may only be here today because we avoided making those mistakes.
Karma Comes Back To Bite You
Almost got pregnant with my partner of eleven years/fiancé of three years. We got together when I was 18 and he was 19.
Got my period, realized I hadn't conceived. He then left me the next day for a 35 y/o Instagram model and moved in with her the next day. He'd been cheating on me with her whilst we were trying to conceive. He's now living out of his car and I have a new partner. Karma.
Ended Or Changed--It's Good It Didn't Happen
Me and a small group of other Marines. This was about 15 years ago and legitimately could have turned into a life changing international incident. We're Marines attached to a small detail in Kuwait City during OIF. We were allowed to go out into town to the US Embassy. Kuwait is a dry country but we can drink at the embassy. I'm only 19 at the time, so I couldn't drink.
Naturally, I was the DD. We're in this crappy Kuwaiti Nissan passenger van/ bus thing. We're lost trying to get back to "base" and I accidentally cut off a local in their car. It's late at night so the streets are mostly empty. It quickly turns into a full-blown road rage thing, and the locals are mad.
They're swerving at our bus, trying to get us to pull over to fight and we're screaming back at them through the windows. Then, one of the locals brandishes a handgun - our cars are driving side by side. We're all carrying too - M9's and M16's. We have flak and kevlar. A drunk corporal suggests that we need to escalate force.
All the other drunk people onboard think that's a good idea too and they hatch a plan to show them our rifles. If locals escalate then we'd fire on their car. Thank God, when we show them our rifles, (pointed rifles at their car) the Kuwaitis back off and pull over--we drive on. Looking back, that incident easily could have ruined my life and it's shocking how close it was.
Got To Keep Me Kitty
Selling all my stuff, giving up my cat and moving to a different country to live with my emotionally manipulative crazy ex.
Thankfully I came to my senses and put the breaks on before I lost everything, only after therapy did I come to realise how bad she actually was.
Almost married a guy that love bombed me. Thank God I listened to my gut feeling that something wasn't quite right. I paid for a background search on him and found out he had been married NINE times! Yes! Nine. F**king. Times. To say I dodged a bullet is an understatement.
At the end of the day, we have to learn, and mistakes are how we do so--but some mistakes are not worth making. The consequences of those mistakes can literally swallow up our lives and our well-being.
The protagonist is the audience's way into a story. More often than not, protagonists are written so that the audience can put themselves in their shoes. However, this isn't always the case.
Unreliable and unlikable protagonists are a fun literary tool. You get to experience the story through the eyes of someone you distrust, which completely changes the story for you.
Here were some of the answers.
Wow, Who Writes Like This?
There's a fantasy book series called The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and the titular main character is a terrible human being.
He starts out mad at society because he has leprosy in the modern-day and is a social reject because of it, but when he gets magically transported to a fantasy world he gets healed, and then in a fit of rage and denial, he assaults the woman who healed him.
I don't completely remember but I think she was underage too. Let me tell you, that's one way to get me to stop reading a novel less than 100 pages in. I have no idea how the author squeezed ten novels out of a horrible protagonist like Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever.
I'm surprised no one said Rachel Berry from Glee.
I think she was supposed to be a flawed main character who eventually learns her lesson that you have to be nice and less self-centered. But Ryan Murphy took it too far in the direction of making her flawed so that the nice things she occasionally does at the end of episodes to prove that she "learned to be nicer" just don't do enough to redeem her
Pay The Piper
Piper from OITNB. Literally any other character would've made a better protagonist
Definitely one of those shows where you keep watching for everyone else and hate the main protagonist.
Sometimes the unlikable protagonist serves a purpose.
Yum Yum Leech
Allan from Two and a Half Men. All he does is leech off his successful older brother while criticizing his every action and causes every other person in his life to dislike him to the point his son would refer to him as a loser.
He also always complained about being broke and having nothing good going for him and did nothing to make things better for himself.
And after his brother died, he just began leeching off the billionaire who bought the house instead of getting his own place and eventually quit his job and just leeched off everybody else.
I'll Never Let Go Jack
I might get some hate for this but I have to go with Rose Calvert from Titanic.
What she did to the crew was lie to them then waste their time and money telling her story to them.
Yet at the end she throws the one thing they were looking for overboard to be lost at sea.
Rory Gilmore. Lots of problems in the original series, but they basically came back for a reboot to remind us THIS PERSON IS F**KING AWFUL
Lorelai is awful, too. She treats the men in her life like dirt and her level of selfishness is insane.
For some reason the episode that most disgusts me is the one where she actually disrupts her best friend's (Sukie's) wedding to deal with her own issues, and Sukie stands by smiling. Ridiculous.
And sometimes, they just ruin the show.
Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory. If cringe was personified, it would be Sheldon.
He's the fastest case of Flanderization I've personally ever seen. Usually it takes at least four seasons before it even starts to set in, he was already becoming a caricature of his own character by season 2.
NO THIS IS PATRICK
He's done lot of despicable things (including but not limited to stealing his best friends' pet, ruining a rare collectible card he knew his friend wanted and being a deadbeat dad).
But the one episode that really opened my eyes as to what a major a**hole this guy is, is the one where he has no money to pay for his own food, so Spongebob pays for his kids meal, under the condition they share it. After Patrick eats all the food himself, he also wants the toy that comes with it completely for himself.
He mocks Spongebob for reminding him of their agreement and becomes just insufferable about hogging the toy. In the end he eats the toy just so Spongebob can't have it, and buys a new one with money he stole from Spongebob's wallet. Just a selfish piece of sh*t.
Don't know if this has been said yet since I'm way too lazy to scroll all the way down before making a comment but Troy and Gabriella from the High School Musical series.
We all watched HSM 1-3 as kids and we're told these were seemingly flawless protagonists who were always in the right because they were attractive people-pleasers, however, re-watching the movies through a slightly more mature lens (as well as seeing other people online come to the same conclusion as you) reveals that Sharpay (the villain of the movies) is MUCH more suited to being the protagonist than our Christian rock power couple.
Troy and Gabriella just waltz in one day, completely inexperienced might I add, expecting to just automatically get the leads for the musical whereas Sharpay and her brother Ryan have been the only committed and hard-working members of the theater program to date so of course, they would expect they would get the roles and it's completely valid for them to be upset about it.
Troy and Gabriella spend three movies essentially complaining because the world doesn't revolve around them only for everything to go their way in the end. You can't even blame Sharpay for resenting them when they so clearly take for granted the humble love and support of their parents, where while Sharpay's parents do love her it's clear they are consumed by their wealth and show neglectful tendencies.
You may call her a diva but I prefer the phrase confident, I mean it's show biz for crying out loud I would MUCH rather have someone a bit overconfident who is good at what they do and knows it rather than two newbies who want to feel special and second guess every choice they make. I now realize I just put more effort into a Reddit comment than my school essays so I'll just leave it like this. Troy and Gabriella are the true antagonists because they are selfish little sh*ts, thank you for coming to my Ted talk.
Who are the most unlikable protagonists you've ever read about?