There are modern life hacks, and then these century-old tips from Gallaher's Cigarettes. During the early 1900s, many cigarette manufactures included stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to reinforce the packaging. Gallaher's didn't want to waste paper on these cards, so the company decided to print trivia, artwork and even well-known people onto them - including the famous Honus Wagner. The entire 100 card collection can be viewed at the New York Public Library's George Arents Collection. Continue reading for more.
Hacker Samy Kamkar has created a 3-D-printable Arduino-based lock-opening machine called "Combo Breaker." Simply attach it to a Master Lock combination locks, turn it on, and the machine will do the rest in a maximum of 5-minutes with absolutely no human interaction required. Kamar says: "The machine pretty much brute-forces the lock for you. You attach it, leave it, and it does its thing." Continue reading to see it in-action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.