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Life Hacks

February 23, 2018

Life Hacks! We all love to find an easier way to do things but when the ingredients you need add up to be more expensive than the actual product, is it really worth it? Some of the “hacks” these days may as well be called “things to do that waste your time.” Want to make a bed swing? All you need is a  trampoline and a circular mattress and you are good to go.I admit some of these hacks are however pretty useful, like chewing gum while cutting up onions to prevent watery eyes.

YouTuber Jenna Marbles made a youtube video recreating life hacks with glue guns. Where she attempted things like shoes and hats made entirely of glue from a glue gun.

Some of these life hacks just don’t work. Need a new pair of shoes? Easy! Just take two plastic water bottles and wear them, using the paper wrapping as the straps. No, Those are not shoes.

Another flaw with these life hacks is they are supposed to be household items, do you own seven hair dryers?

“Some of them are just pointless and bad ideas,” Riley Miller (8) said. Putting duct tape into your hair to get the perfect curl.

Life Hacks are not a new idea. In 1887 a popular “hack” was to put a rag wrung out in boiling water and sprinkled with turpentine (an oil used in mixing paints and varnishes). In 1918 it was a popular life hack to use Cayenne Pepper to get Mice out of your cabinets. In 2010 Pinterest really took off and so did life hacks. Before Pinterest Hacks were spread through word of mouth.

Before 2004 the term “Life Hack” was never used. In 2004, Journalist Danny O’Brien used the term to describe shortcuts taken by IT professionals.

What is your favorite life hack?

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