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Eduction Hacks

Whether if you're a college student, a geek trying to learn new and more efficient ways of doing things or just need to complete any task quickly, these nifty education hacks will come in handy. For example, assigning consonants to numbers may help in memorizing long strings. Or, you could make a paper longer by simply by making the punctuation symbols 2 sizes larger. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why trees and humans don't mix well.

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Netflix on NES

No, this isn't an early April Fools' Day joke, but Netflix actually running on an unmodified NES. Employees Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe, and Carenina Motion developed a version of the Netflix app that runs on the original Nintendo Entertainment System for Netflix's Hack Day. It features the ability to scroll between films / television shows, load synopses / images, and also playback media. To demonstrate its functionality, they played the intro to House of Cards. Continue reading for the video.

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Can Opener Life Hack

While many companies are moving away from using blister packaging, there are still times you may need to crack things open. When scissors don't work out, just grab a can opener and open away. On a related note, did you know that while food preservation using tin cans had been practiced since at least 1772 in the Netherlands, the first can openers were not patented until 1855 in England and 1858 in the United States? These vintage openers were basically variations of a knife. Continue reading for more.

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DIY Privacy Monitor

Hate people peering over your shoulder or glancing across the room to see what you're doing on the computer? This nifty life hack will solve that. You'll need a standard LCD monitor, a polarizing filter sheet, 3D glasses and some tools. Crack open the monitor, strip out the polarizing filter on the screen, pop out the 3D filters from your glasses, trace the size of your spectacles onto the polarizing filter, cut it and then fix the polarizing filters into your glasses. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't play mousetrap Jenga.

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Everyday Life Hacks

Have an extra tube of toothpaste collecting dust? You can use it to remove crayon marks by squirting a small dab onto wherever the mark is, rubbing gently, and then rinsing that spot with warm water. Nail polish is great for securing screws: brush some clear nail polish on screw threads, insert screw, and let it dry before using again - also prevents rust. Last, but not least, dryer sheets are a great for cleaning the shower - use a wet sheet to remove soap scum and mineral deposits. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos for today, including one on how to make your macro lens for close-up photography.

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Car Life Hack

Not everyone lives on the West Coast, where things don't normally freeze over, unless you're talking about the rare snowfall that hit Southern California over New Year's. If you happen to live on the East Coast (or other icy parts of the world) these life hacks will definitely come in handy, starting with the tip above for melting a frozen car lock. Simply pour some hand sanitizer on the key and / or try to insert as much hand sanitizer into the lock as possible. Hand sanitizers contain alcohol, which could melt the ice. Alcohol does burn, but only in high concentrations and the concentration of the alcohol in the hand sanitizer is not high enough to burn. Continue reading for more.

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Amazon Logo Meaning

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Amazon.com is currently the largest internet-based retailer in the US, and if things continue as they are, possibly the entire world before this decade's end. Did you know that Jeff Bezos originally incorporated the company as "Cadabra" on July 5, 1994, with the actual website going online in 1995 as Amazon.com? Bezos then changed the name from cadabra.com to amazon.com because it sounded too much like cadaver. He selected the name Amazon by looking through the dictionary, and settled on "Amazon" because it was a place that was "exotic and different" just as he planned for his store to be; the Amazon river, he noted was by far the "biggest" river in the world, and he planned to make his store the biggest in the world. Continue reading for twenty extremely useful tips every Amazon.com shopper should know about.

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KeySweeper

From afar, this looks like any old phone charger, but open up the computer it's wirelessly connected to, and you'll see that it's recording everything you type. Called KeySweeper, this gadget sniffs out every key you type on specific Microsoft-branded 2.4-GHz wireless keyboards released before July 2011. When it's unplugged from the wall, the device looks like it powers down, when in reality, it just switches to battery power while continuing to log and transmit data. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Driving Life Hack

With spring and summer coming soon for many, there's no better time than now to plan for a long road trip somewhere, but before you do so, here are some extremely useful life hacks for the road. Starting off, this nifty rubber band on air vent is perfect for those who use their smartphone as navigation device. Just make sure you wrap your phone around twice before driving off. Continue reading for more tips.

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Fake Number Trick

Sometimes, people avoid giving out their real phone number for security reasons, but when someone shows interest during a meeting, there's a quick way to see if the number is real. Simply read it back with two or more incorrect digits, and if they catch them, you'll know the feelings are mutual, otherwise, it'd be best to leave things at that and move on. Continue reading for more useful life hacks and tips that geeks would love.

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