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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

Photo credit: Bored Panda

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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DOOM Toaster

With one third of the game, nine levels, distributed as shareware, Doom was played by an estimated 10 million people within two years of its release, popularizing the mode of gameplay and spawning a gaming subculture. In addition to popularizing the FPS genre, it pioneered immersive 3D graphics, networked multiplayer gaming, and support for customized additions and modifications via packaged files in a data archive known as "WADs". Now one geek has managed to hack a few toasters to use as controllers for the game. Continue reading for the video.

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Oscilloscope Quake

Photo credit: Pekka Vaananen via Laughing Squid

Programmer Pekka Vaananen managed to hack an old Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope to run the classic FPS game Quake. He says: "I was quite disappointed by the performance I got out of this. Merely 1000 lines on screen simultaneously, usually not even that. Any higher numbers end up being represented as such high frequencies the audio output can't keep up. One can increase the time spent on each line but this causes additional latency and the image starts to flicker. Speeding up the drawing speed allows more stuff per frame, but the quality degrades quickly as can be seen in the comparison image shown earlier." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the nicest gas station toilet ever.

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Travel Tips Hacks

Let's face it, if you're in a busy touristy area, it's near impossible to get a clear shot of an attraction without tons of people in your way. With this simple Photoshop trick, you'll be able to get rid of them all, digitally. Simply set your camera on a tripod, or a level surface, take about 15-shots, and then let Photoshop do the rest of the work. Continue reading for more useful tips and life hacks that will make holiday travel easier.

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More Life Hacks

We're just a few days away from 2015, and there's no better time than now to learn some new tricks for the new year, such as using pre-paid credit cards for free online trials, just in case one of them does not let you cancel. Yes, more often than not, companies will auto-bill you after the free trial, so by having a pre-paid card with a set limit, they won't be able to. Continue reading for more useful life hacks.

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