Category Archives: DIY & Lifehacks

How to Smile Naturally for Photos

Watch to the end, it’s funny.

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Sleep

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How to Do ‘Free To Play’ The Right Way

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How To Win At 5 Classic Board Games

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Improve Your Life 30 Minutes At A Time

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Mnemonic Device for Memorizing the U.S. Presidents

I first came up with one several years ago, but only from Martin Van Buren to Ulysses S. Grant (since that’s who we were studying in American History class at the time). Once we got past that unit, my grade was so good I could just coast for the remainder of the class (which I did).

Recently, I stumbled across a “name all the presidents” quiz at Mental Floss, and I was embarrassed that I kept missing 5-6 presidents. So, I made a mnemonic for the whole batch.

Here’s the quiz: http://mentalfloss.com/node/13224/take

And my mnemonics:
A. Will anyone just make muffins and jam?
1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. James Madison
5. James Monroe
6. John Quincy Adams
7. Andrew Jackson

B. Very heavy teaching people teach fairly poor behavior, like jolly Grant.
8. Martin Van Buren
9. William Henry Harrison
10. John Tyler
11. James K. Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
13. Millard Fillmore
14. Franklin Pierce
15. James Buchanan
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Andrew Johnson
18. Ulysses S. Grant

C. Hey, Garfield’s a cat! How cool, man.
19. Rutherford B. Hayes
20. James Garfield
21. Chester A. Arthur
22. Grover Cleveland
23. Benjamin Harrison
24. Grover Cleveland
25. William McKinley

D. Real threats will hand Carl his rifle.
26. Theodore Roosevelt
27. William Howard Taft
28. Woodrow Wilson
29. Warren G. Harding
30. Calvin Coolidge
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt

E. Try everything! Kiss jaded nuns, for Christ!
33. Harry S. Truman
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
35. John F. Kennedy
36. Lyndon B. Johnson
37. Richard M. Nixon
38. Gerald R. Ford
39. James Carter

F. Rowdy boys create battling ocelots.
40. Ronald Reagan
41. George H. W. Bush
42. William J. Clinton
43. George W. Bush
44. Barack Obama

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10 Ways to Stop Overeating, in About 2 Minutes

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How to snap off a piece of Toblerone: http://i.imgur.com/CzlwDsp.png

What if the moon was only as close as the international space station from Earth? http://io9.com/what-if-the-moon-was-as-close-as-the-international-spac-1446291788

Two weeks without cable: http://www.pajiba.com/think_pieces/adventures-in-cordcutting-my-first-two-weeks-without-cable.php

The history of “combo-breaker”: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/combo-breaker

Consoul: a short story told via an 8-bit adventure video: http://boingboing.net/2013/10/16/consoul-a-story-of-8-bit-life.html

12 great Disney villain songs: http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/the-12-greatest-disney-villain-songs

What’s wrong with Agents of SHIELD? http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacelacob/whats-wrong-with-abcs-agents-of-shield

Stephen Fry lets a “gay curing” doctor speak for himself: http://boingboing.net/2013/10/16/steven-fry-let-ex-gay-ther.html

Flowchart: how would you survive the zombie apocalypse (as a zombie)? http://www.dorkly.com/article/55297/flowchart-would-you-unsurvive-the-zombie-apocalypse

Tetris: Rated M: http://www.dorkly.com/picture/55283/tetris-rated-m

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Link Dump

Animated maps of the Civil War: http://www.civilwar.org/maps/animated-maps/

AT&T archives: Jim Henson’s computer: http://video.wired.com/watch/at-t-archives-charlie-magnetico-by-jim-henson

A tattered flag with a surveillance camera. The USA in one photo: http://i.imgur.com/dWq6myR.jpg

A very well done, but simple, optical illusion: http://izismile.com/2013/10/12/daily_picdump_weekend_edition_98_pics-35.html

Hello again, Kitty (comic): http://izismile.com/2013/10/12/daily_picdump_weekend_edition_98_pics-80.html

Simple and creative: demonstrating the absolute racism of the Cleveland Indians: http://twentytwowords.com/2013/10/10/ad-shows-the-racism-of-the-cleveland-indians-logo-simply-creatively-and-decisively/

Creative cord sorter: http://imsoso.soup.io/post/340750665/Image

The perfect song length is 2:42: http://boingboing.net/2008/04/17/perfect-length-for-a.html

Hydrogen and Helium evolved: http://www.reddit.com/tb/1oco4v

The way you’re supposed to open a bottle cap: http://imgur.com/6LvNe0W

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Muppet Actors spider-graph: http://www.chartgeek.com/muppet-actors/

10 gifs showing how aging changes our faces: http://fstoppers.com/10-incredible-gifs-showing-how-aging-changes-our-appearance

Simple graph showing the scale of the planets in our solar system: http://www.chartgeek.com/the-planets-to-scale/

32 lifehacks: http://www.funcage.com/blog/32-life-hacks-in-pictures/

10 alternate opening scenes for movies that they should have used instead: http://www.funcage.com/blog/32-life-hacks-in-pictures/

The most crime-ridden metro stations in the Washington DC area: http://www.wtop.com/654/3476087/Metros-most-crime-ridden-stations

The Milky Way Transit Authority subway map: http://arbesman.net/milkyway/

What do you want in a new Star Trek show? http://io9.com/what-do-you-want-to-see-from-a-new-star-trek-tv-show-1444063674

Free Star Trek wallpaper (from a site straight out of 1998): http://www.startrekdesktopwallpaper.com/

The best comment from that “What do you want in a new Star Trek show” q&a: http://io9.com/comment-of-the-day-final-frontier-edition-1443910810

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Mental Floss: Debunking 30 Life Hacks (actually proving a few of them)

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Mental Floss: “30 Lifehacks Debunked”

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Folding Paper in 3 Equally Sized Areas

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Maurice Moss (The I.T. Crowd) – A Cellphone Tip

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How to Survive a Lightning Strike

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Lifehacks Parody

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The Body Scan

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Summer Lifehacks

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How to Properly Eat an Apple

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King of Random: Summer Hacks

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Link Dump

At my funeral… http://bitsandpieces.us/2013/07/21/at-my-funeral/

Digg founder Kevin Rose saving his dog from a raccoon…by throwing the raccoon down a flight of steps. Slightly shocking, but what else could he do? http://www.blameitonthevoices.com/2013/07/digg-founder-kevin-rose-saves-his-dog.html

How to make a homemade icepack: http://bitsandpieces.us/2013/07/22/homemade-ice-pack/

How to kill a lot of money for one day of your life: http://cheezburger.com/7683971072 (Note: my wife and I had a fairly simple ceremony, but we did spend a decent chunk of money on our wedding cake. Check out “The Cake Gallery” in Omaha/Reston, Nebraska. Best tasting cake I have had on EARTH, and it looked amazing. You can get their wedding cake as a cupcake, which we happen to do whenever we’re in town.)

Salt “growing” on a cow or antelope skull, on a shoreline. Beautiful. : http://i.imgur.com/Us6W6Zq.gif

Scary bear (NSFW, really WTF): http://cheezburger.com/7652258560

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Ten Summertime Lifehacks

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One Woman Learns to Dance in One Year

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Twelve Tools Every Carpenter Needs

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Cole-Bar Hammer Tool

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Make Your Own Polymer Slime!

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Homemade Glowstick

light

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May 23, 2013 · 1:55 am

Life Hacks

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May 22, 2013 · 7:53 am

Tickle Me Elmo, Frozen in Carbonite (ala Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)

More info is here: http://boingboing.net/2013/02/19/tickle-me-elmo-frozen-in-carbo.html

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But I Just Got Comfortable

ExerciseDogma

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April 15, 2013 · 1:04 am

I’ve Done This for 6 Months, Still Works – Banana/Headphones Holder

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April 13, 2013 · 1:30 am

Get Rid Of Your Hiccups

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April 5, 2013 · 6:46 am

Planning

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April 2, 2013 · 3:39 am

Birdplane

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How To Make A Coke-Can Rose

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Fruit Flies Trap

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March 27, 2013 · 8:20 am

Unique Birth Announcement Shirt

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March 24, 2013 · 5:50 pm

Spice Up Your Life

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March 24, 2013 · 1:34 pm

Candy Corn + Marshmallow Fluff + Too Much Time = ____

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March 24, 2013 · 7:40 am

Helpful Tips

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February 17, 2013 · 8:21 am