A few simple solutions to everyday problems (16 Photos)

  • Shant1k


    • the dude


    • MRPOOP


  • mbro

    What kind of sorcery is this?!

    • http://twitter.com/GamerKitty84 @GamerKitty84

      black magic I must use

    • DaBigMachine

      Oh, I love Pinteresss…. I mean, helpful tips from the Chive.

    • Pointed Sticks


  • carl

    #5 doesn't work often

    • Master_Rahl

      that's not gonna stop me from trying this on every elevator I'm in

    • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

      As in never.

    • twoedges

      Even if it does work, you will never know unless your elevator has glass doors and you can see people mouthing WTF as you pass them

      • Indiana Chive Fan


      • Jezdezpez


      • Beast from the east

        That would totally make my day…even if it meant being an a**hole for 5 minutes

    • das_mikey

      I have NEVER had this work.

      • JKwonda

        I am not a firefighter. So I do not get paid to sleep and do shit that most people would do for free.

        • Ken

          Firefighters get paid for what they can and are willing to do. They are paid for their abilities and skills that you and most people dont have. They risk their lives for others, which you and most people dont. And even though you hate dont think they are worthy, they will still come to your house in the middle of the night to save you.

        • Uniform Friendly

          sure i understand your postion, let me have your address and at 0327 in the morning my company will swing by your home and install a free smoke detector and we will give you our fire safety presentation………………….

    • http://theChive.com YEMX

      I'm a fire fighter and half the time we don't have the buildings fire key(they are all different ) and we have to use small tricks to increase response times and leave a guy at the elevator so we can leave quickly with the patient if need be.

      • Guest

        I am a firefighter also and we have every elevator key on a huge key ring and not a single elevator in our first due. Why? I have no idea why we carry half the shit we carry but never use.

        • http://theChive.com YEMX

          We have the long bar keys to open stuck elevators for "trapped in an elevator" calls just not the hold elevator keys. I would say we have copies of half of the district just not all, and it's the ones we don't have we need the most. Most of the old folk homes are locked up tighter than the jails.

      • http://www.facebook.com/patsimkin64 Patrick Simkin

        it works if the elevator is set for it (hospitals public buildings etc are common places) nursing homes always suck no matter what

    • river

      Doesn't work ever. I've seen this posted before. Police and emergency teams have a key for such a thing on elevators.

    • Andrew

      I am an elevator mechanic and this is untrue. You have to put a car into Independant or Inspection service in order for the car to ignore incoming calls from the hall buttons.

      Firefighters and Policeman, at least in Canada, have fire boxes outside of every building with an elevator in order to isolate and recall the elevator to the main floor to assist firefighters, policeman, or medical personnel in the event of an emergency.

      • Obama

        I am a firefighter and an elevator mechanic and you're all full of shit.

        • Amabo

          I am a firefighter and I fight fires.

          • OWS

            I am a firelighter and I light fires.

    • Vee

      Just take the stairs, it's better for you anyway.

    • Fridge Magnet

      A lot of the elevators I see now don't even have the close door button.

    • Dakota

      also im a cop.. we usually take the stairs

    • Pete

      I'm the police and I didn't know this either!

    • ran$um

      im an elevator and i dont do this

    • haha

      in soviet russia elevator uses you

  • Dick Salad

    #5 been trying this out for days, but when it works I wonder if maybe nobody else needed to use the elevator…

    • anna

      i think it only works for emergency personnel.

      • DaBigMachine

        This! The overwhelming majority of 'Close' buttons are disabled. Merely there to give the operator the illusion of control. The door closes just as fast without pushing the 'close' button repeatedly unless you have the 'emergency personnel' key.

        • Usoagain

          close door buttons do work, but not for this use. Only to close the doors quickly if you're the only one getting in on a floor and its a model that stays open for a while.

    • aav

      I believe it only works on Otis elevators. It's considered the very first hack.

  • Csquaredapparel

    #9 is a goody!

    • Robert

      If your water boils over, say, during cooking pasta, you're not using enough water. It boils over because of the released starches.

      • bridgemaster

        Tell me again Robert. Why does my water boil over, say, during cooking pasta?

    • USAF

      I just add either a spoon of butter or some cooking oil to the water. I've never had it boil over (or even get bubbly) with this method.

      • JHL1

        Boiling water – no longer needs to be bubbly. Great times we live in!

  • Shar11

    Im sooo going to use this trick # 5!

    • Tim

      #5 u welcome

    • Shar11

      ok relax everyone….I get it it does not work…..

      • http://www.thechive.com AdamBaldick

        Easy Shar.. eeeeeasy

      • USAF

        You were downvoted for now correctly using the # with the corresponding picture number. As Tim points out, the correct way.

        • JHL1


  • Ryan K

    My life just changed

  • EasternCanuck

    #5 BULLSHIT…

    • EasternCanuck

      At least in Canada…

    • Shar11

      why do you call bullshit on this? does this not work

      • EasternCanuck

        Doesn't work on elevators in Canada… We have a key option for this that takes care of that.

        • Shar11

          too bad! good too see a canuck! vancity baby….

      • Jeff

        Most, if not all, modern elevators have the key for emergency personnel now, so while this might work on older elevators, it doesn't work on the newer ones.

  • Chef

    #16 So is the spaghetti box…

    • EasternCanuck

      spaghetti box doesn't have a resealable cover is what i'm thinking they are trying to pass on here.

    • spicticus

      And if they stay in the box, you won't have to worry about somebody mistaking them for Pringles (specifically drunks and stoners).

      • sureman123

        very good comment.. now all spaghetti now must go in pringles cans… LOL

        • Brutal Deluxe

          Especially cool ranch spaghetti

    • steeb2er

      Spaghetti is also sold in bags, or bulk.

    • _maxPain_

      mmmm I'm confused now,,so do I boil the Ranch Pringles in hot water or is it only for regular Pringles cause both can equally cook in the microwave.

      • parkatola

        Boil the pringles, but to keep the water from boiling over, put a wooden spoon on the pot. Or as Robert pointed out a couple of times above, use more water.

  • carlos spicy weiner

    mother of god…..

    • Guest


  • naa

    #16 and #5 cool

  • jasgat66

    #8 I'm calling no on this one…

    • Unfkngblvbl

      yeah, just get a new pair of $8 flip flops…you'll feel that thing every step you take.

      • JBinNC

        Just what I was thinking. Sandals made this way are too cheap to keep around. Just buy some new ones.

  • bubblerider86

    has somebody been playing on pinterest?? 🙂

    • JJJJ

      Haha, just what I thought too!

  • Buford_Justice

    #12 they will find a way…

    • Mr. Wiggles

      Why did I read this in Jeff Goldblum's voice from Jurassic Park

    • CowboyAdam

      They ALWAYS do!

  • KayMan

    #6 yea right! because I would not look strange reading my coke bottle every few minutes

    • herky

      or you could just, you know, have it standing next to your test and subtly glance at it as needed… but hey, dealer's choice.

      • Dick Salad

        Or you could just, you know, study so you don't have to work for the chinese overlords some day.

        • Raff out Roud

          ASIAN KIDS.. really friggin smart in school and mathmatics that are hard and shit… CANT FUCKING DRIVE A CAR?!?! Still don't get it.. must be the slits for eyes

    • just_some_guy

      This is some seriously lazy shit. If it weren't for the metric measurements I'd have been sure that only an American could be such a shit student as to come up with elaborate means of cheating.

      If you spent half that time actually studying instead of inventing ways to cheat, you'd probably be just fine.

      • hydrogenbond


      • JJJJ

        I was going to agree with you until you started spewing a bunch of BS about Americans. Because NO other country could possibly be lazy, corrupt cheaters….

      • Sponge

        go fuck yourself Mr. Squidward

      • Malarky

        Sorry you didn't think of it first. Be butt hurt elsewhere.

    • dedubs

      my school does not allow bottle with labels in tests

    • taco

      Back in the day I would put scotch tape on the back of wood rulers and on my calculator. Write with pencil on the scotch tape. Can't really see it unless you look close. The only reason I did this was Pro. John Francis Hughes. Fat Irish bastard.

    • _maxPain_

      I wonder if a Pringle tube fill with noodles would equally work ??

    • DutchChiveFan

      Had some Chinese students at the university I work at print their cheat texts on t-shirts. Nobody thought anything about this until a professor who is fluent in Chinese saw this. Asian students are under a lot of pressure to perform.

  • ChasingWavesNC

    #11 We have a winner

    • Lilli's mommy!

      I tried it yesterday, either my can opener sucks or it doesn't work!! lol

    • panama99

      Couldn't you just use a pair of scissors???

    • sureman123

      my can opener must suck…doesnt work..

      and to whoever invented that shit they can fuk off!!

    • BravesGirl10

      You spelled 'wiener' wrong. 😉

    • CrowTRobot

      Do most people not carry pocket knives?

      • JJJJ

        I don't know many people that do anymore sadly.

  • MattyP

    #12 I'm calling Bull Sh!t. Nothing will prevent Christmas lights from tangling.

    • YHWH

      Converting to Judaism works.

      • wizzy

        Do what my neighbors do….just leave them up all year!

    • Easy Peasy

      Roll them into a ball. Start with the female end. Works just as easy and you don't need the fookin' hanger to boot.

    • its_forge

      Get a garden hose reel = )

  • Ralph

    Prediction. Looking retarded while trying some of these.

  • Slobbs

    I feel so enlightened..

  • http://twitter.com/GamerKitty84 @GamerKitty84

    #6 I once did this exact method in my graphics design class…except I used it to create a Nuka Cola cover from Fallout 3 for my drinks ;P

    • pdiddily420

      Awesome! I made labels for the perk-a-cola bottles from World at War Nazi zombies.

      • F.S.M.

        epic sir…. well played

    • millipede

      Love that game!!

      • cory

        ^ ^ ^

        • DeBoh

          Hah Nice… Lol

    • DeBoh

      This Guy… Never Been Laid

    • _maxPain_

      Cool Kitty

      and I made a German hand grenade using a Pringles tube logo in medals of honor..

    • Jesus

      That is probably a huge waste of time… But I can't help but appreciate it. I love Fallout way too much.

  • hark1985

    #13 I actually use this all the one all the time. Call me cheap but it works

    • Merulex

      you sir are cheap!!

    • Grump

      I think I'll try shop rags, you can get them cheaper than Swiffer refills and still throw them away or wash them.

    • Ricco

      Why don't you use rags instead of toilet paper while you're at it and save more.

      • Mike

        People do that. It's a real thing.

    • Dapper_Dave

      Not cheap….frugal

  • BuryMeSmilin

    I wish i thought of the coat hanger/christmas light thing years ago…my shit looks like Christmas Vacations every year! Lmao! Big ass ball of lights

  • Otis

    4% of the time it works every time.

    • Ricco

      trust him, he invented the damned thing.

  • Wutsit2ya

    Chive meet pinterest Pinterest meet TheChive

  • Sturve

    #10 WTF wouldn't you use your goddamn hands?

    • Master_Rahl

      this is for those who hammer their fingers in place of nails. n00bs.

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