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Food Life Hack Ice Cream

We're almost to the dog days of summer, and there's no better time than now to whip up some ice cream sandwiches at home. Foodies who've been looking for an easier way to make them should pick up a few pints of their favorite flavor and some hand-sized cookies. Simply soften the pint enough, slice it with the packaging still on, place the slice between cookies, remove the paper, and you're ready to eat. Continue reading for more food hacks geeks would love.

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Hackers Remotely Kill Jeep

Believe it or not, hackers managed to remotely take over the controls of a Jeep Cherokee driving on the highway, activating windshield wipers, radio, and even going as far as shutting off the car's engine in the middle of a highway. According to Wired, "The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep's brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch." In the experiment, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a Wired reporter as "a digital crash-test dummy" to expose the vulnerabilities in internet-connected entertainment and navigation systems featured in many new vehicles. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Ice Cream Hack

Summer is finally here, and for food geeks who love ice cream, these nifty life hacks will definitely come in handy. Starting off, the image above shows the best way to split a pint, or cutting one down the middle with a butcher's knife and using half as your personal bowl. Others include: making the perfect ice cream sandwich, making rock hard ice cream easier to scoop and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Cool Everyday Life Hacks

Another day, another batch of life hacks, and these you can use in everyday life. For example, if you've been driving all day and want to go straight to your floor directly, simply press the "Door Close" button, along with your floor, to go directly there. Or, if your lock is frozen, simply spray some hand sanitizer on it to melt the ice. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very well behaved monkey getting ready for a special occasion.

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Practical Life Hacks

It's inevitable, losing something that is, and if that happens, you're best off scanning from right to left as your brain picks up more since it isn't used to reading that way. Or, to find pipes under the floor, simply attach a rare earth (neodymium) magnet to an electrical fish tape and feed into drain lines through the cleanout plug. Locate the pipes using a compass, which will turn wildly when it finds the magnet. Continue reading for more practical life hacks that you may be able to use in everyday life.

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100-Year-Old Life Hacks

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.

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Lock Cracking Machine

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.

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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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