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10 Life Hacks You Need To Know For a Better Summer!

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Here are 10 amazing tips and tricks you can use  to impress your friends, and make your summer a little easier.

I had seen pictures of some useful ideas on the internet, but no videos.  I made this in hopes that all of you would enjoy this compilation of 10 "life hacks" that has helped and inspired me.

I found many of them from http://www.lifehacker.com, http://www.pinterest.com, and http://www.google.com.  The mango and fruit fly projects were inspired by my wife, from a trick she learned while visiting Argentina.

 
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Step 1: Watch the Video!


WARNING:  These projects and results are depictions of my own personal experiences.  Your results may vary depending on your location, and modifications to project ideas.  There may be risks associated with some of these projects that require adult supervision, and possibly others that I'm not aware of.  Use of this video content is at your own risk.

Step 2: Icy Drinks Everytime

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When you need a drink to cool down, hot water can taste disgusting.  Try filling your water bottles, a quarter of the way, so that when their on their sides, the water settles just below the bottle neck.  Now stick your bottles in the freezer and go on with your day.  When the water is frozen it will make an ice block on the side the bottle, but doesn't block the opening.  Now when you need to cool off just take a bottle from the freezer, fill it up with your favorite drink, and you've got an instant, icy cold beverage ready to go.

Step 3: Mango Hack

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Grab yourself a mango and try this little trick.  Carefully cut off the two sides of the fruit, and hold one piece in your hand.  You can gently cut a few lines vertically, and a few more across, until the pattern resembles a checkerboard.  Now take it with both hands and gently push from the back.  You'll see bite sized pieces pop right up, and they're ready to eat.  You can use a spoon to scrape them into a bowl, or just eat them right off the peel.  It's fast, easy, and they won't get stuck in your teeth.
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Plo Koon2 months ago

WOOT WOOT WOOT

Love the video
This is just brilliant ty
bclamore12 months ago
Hmm. Why is this? Does cornmeal discourage or kill them?
micorneus bclamore10 months ago
Have never heard of cornmeal working either, so I call bullsh!t. Commercial 'baits consist of pesticides on processed corn grits coated with soybean oil."
[url]http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/twostep/[/url]
Also, exploding ants with grits is and old myth. "Some home remedies such as instant grits thought to be eaten by ants and swell in their stomachs and cause death when placed on the mound, have demonstrated to be ineffective, in this case because worker ants cannot ingest particles larger than 2 microns."
http://fireant.tamu.edu/manage/faq/
l8nite bclamore12 months ago
ground popcorn, grits or plain cornmeal swells when in contact with moisture, ants take the grains back to the nest, feed the queen, the corn swells inside the queen and she dies, the colony dies soon after
tandykins l8nite11 months ago
Well yes, that's true - but all of the ants eat some of the cornmeal as well. It will kill the workers and soldiers as well as the Queen. Killing the Queen is just the death knell of the colony.
gr8nesisme11 months ago
those are simple put you had to have a smart brain to think of them
charlieanderin11 months ago
Couldn't see video
yankee244211 months ago
These are so cool!
Maggielin_411 months ago
Why can't see the video :(
orbit121211 months ago
awesomeness!!!
Renee!11 months ago
Can't wait to try these! Looking forward to a problem- free summer ;D
gregcat11 months ago
I don't understand the shampoo bottle idea. If you cut off the top part of the bottle, how do you re-attach it?
kwall211 months ago
Love this!
nkhalsa11 months ago
Within a couple days, they multiply, some escape and you still have flies. Anyone have a one-way fruit fly valve?
bloomautomatic11 months ago
I've been treating a huge ant colony by my garage with plain yellow corn meal over the past few days. The piles keep disappearing and the trails of ants are getting smaller. Seems to be working.

Borax and karo syrup is another killer, it is sold commercially as Terro. It is very effective as well, but gets pricy compared with the cornmeal.
phoe11 months ago
It'd be better if this could be tweaked so the contents could be disposed of without throwing out your tupperware at the same time - although if you used yoghurt pots you could just throw them away regardless - just re-wrap the pot in film prior to disposal to minimise the chances of them getting out again !
mrguy19187 phoe11 months ago
I find this to be a better solution, it is what I use for them. http://www.instructables.com/id/Fruit-FlyGnat-Catcher/
In a small dish mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and a squirt of dish soap. The smell of the vinegar is similar to rotting fruit and attracts the flies, and the soap makes it so they can't land on the surface and take off again. It only takes a few minutes to start collecting flies at the bottom of the dish.
doodlecraft11 months ago
Love it! We used this one over the weekend!  Thanks Grant!
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mastermakoko11 months ago
love the shampoo bottle trick.

unfortunately in the beaches in my country they steal almost everything...
Crazycardfreak11 months ago
nice - thanks for the tips :)
anatroccolo11 months ago
Clever! :)
ricedakota9812 months ago
This is a little random but, your keys look the same as mine. do you also drive a scooter?
The King of Random (author)  ricedakota9811 months ago
Yes we just got a scooter and those are the keys! lol
M3G11 months ago
Did you know that someone posted this on 9gag? http://9gag.com/gag/ajrnZ0w?ref=mobile
The King of Random (author)  M3G11 months ago
Hey that's awesome! Thanks so much for the link!
Dianamite11 months ago
Can I just use the bag of cornmeal that is sitting in my cupboard?
The King of Random (author)  Dianamite11 months ago
Definitely!
tandykins11 months ago
For added effect (though anyone trying this please be mindful of pets and children), mix a little borax in with the cornmeal. It will kill them far, far faster. I managed to wipe out a colony in less than a week that had been plaguing me for months.
tandykins11 months ago
Best way to eat a mango.
Starrystar11 months ago
Popcorn kernels in a blender? Does that damage the blender at all?
MrCafe Starrystar11 months ago
Ice will do more damage to a blender then popcorn kernels, yet we all do it.
No more than a coffee grinder is damaged when used. I might use one of them instead of my blender, as it's a bigger pain to clean the blender.
monkeysinacan11 months ago
Mother of god...
LaffyDuck18711 months ago
this is brilliant!
JBZG11 months ago
...and then eat them?...Yummy! haha
Piacenza11 months ago
This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen, right on par with that old tshirt folding trick. I may have to go buy a bag of chips just to practice ;)
bclamore12 months ago
Please consider no straw as your first choice. In 20 minutes, it's just more plastic in the trash.
Depending on the environment, unless you are going to empty the can into an open-top container, straws can prove vital for safety--swallowing a bee or a wasp with your drink is not a pleasant experience.
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