A few simple and sound life hacks to try (43 Photos)


  • Guest

    #15 Or you could use the original container

    • Andy Valentine

      But this way gives you an excuse to eat Pringles

    • Bubba

      Tried it, spaghetti was too long. Loved the Pringles though

      • Emmylou

        my spaghetti comes in a bag.

        • tralfaz

          My bologna has a first name.

          • Underbaker

            I named my bologna Ralph. Now no one eats my sandwich when I tell them Ralph is in it.

            • Urethra Franklin

              I have a belly button

    • Alumni72

      Spaghetti usually comes in a box with a flimsy, easily damaged "tab-in-slot" closer. if you don't use the spaghetti very often it can get stale pretty quickly, because the box won't prevent that from happening. At least the pringles can has a plastic lid that keeps air out.
      Plus what Andy said.

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

      It doesn't work

      • marvinfish

        Sure it does. I learned this trip on Chive and now use it. Your brand of spaghetti might just be a bit longer.

    • Egon

      You mean a non-recloseable cardboard box. Yeah…

    • https://www.facebook.com/pulptothefiction Gary Jones

      Exactly what I was thinking…

    • Chad

      I've yet to see a re-sealable spaghetti container

    • iain

      I don't think there is such a thing as stale pasta

  • p1ll

    #11 #16 #26 Genius

    • oh well

      Kinda surprised that no one has commented on your advertising on The Chive..

    • Banana

      also, a paper towel on top prevents splats and toasty noodles

    • Rhayzor

      #11 did not work very well with my soup….

  • Bobby Falcon

    I love these posts! The moar of these the better Chive!!

    • Tim

      These are all taken from someone else. Google "99 life hacks".

      • reallyTimduh

        WHAT???? Something on the internet isn't original??? OMG!!OMG!!

        • KyleHeier

          I don't think that was his point

          • Yeah

            Who cares what his point was?

        • Cass

          Let me rephrase for him. "If you like these, there are more if you Google "99 Life Hacks" !"

          • marvinfish

            Who cares. I don't look at 99 Life Hacks but I look at Chive. Nice to see all these cool things, even the ones that don't work too well or might never use.

            • _DoC_

              You keep waiting on the Chive. I'm going to go look up more so I look like a fucking genius to everyone who hasn't seen these.

  • Anjin-San

    #6 does not work
    I tried and kid hit the floor at 4 am
    Lots of screaming, no sleeping

    fuck that shit

    • Anaughtybear

      Don't worry. Nature will find a way to weed them out at some point. Give them a few years. If they haven't choked to death on marbles, they'll probably fall in a manhole while texting.

      • FunKiller

        Hahaa, natural selection is inevitable.

    • MylesofStyles

      I tried this as well and the kids still hit the floor with a loud thud…the problem being that I can throw them way higher than the pool noodle barrier.

    • WWww

      Try a dog cage

    • A BiPolar Guy

      i can still remember waking up as I hit the hard-wood floor from the top bunk. A bit disorienting, but it never did any long term um long term, um long something, um why did I come in here? Am I supposed to be getting dressed or did i just get home? Ohhh! pretty!

      • davo

        prevention is better than cure: don't be a chump and have children.

  • Chris

    Okay, all this is awesome, but how 'bout MOAR of the cute blonde modeling the KCCO hoodie in the ad at the end?

    Dem EYES

  • captain obvious

    #28 or, just don't bang your door into the fucking wall you retard.

    • Alumni72

      captain obvious clearly never has anything go wrong. Nor does he ever have to exit his car while holding something that makes his egress anything less than graceful, and causes his arm or leg to bump the car door so that it hits the wall.

      I don't think the suggestion was meant as an alternative to people who normally shove their car door into the garage wall on purpose – so your 'suggestion' is a waste of stupid.

    • Frank Frankerson

      captain obvious must not have kids. This is an excellent idea to keep them from banging up the doors.

    • Banana

      also, don't use the r word…

      • sean

        Shut up, retard.

    • MonkeyMadness

      Captain obvious is obviously not married either.

    • yup

      This is usually my approach. If I lived a life trying to prevent every little scratch, and ding, my whole world would be wrapped in pool noodles and bubble wrap.

    • marvinfish

      …or, from the text in his comments, captain obvious is clearly the fucking retard

  • Mr.ha

    Way cooler than cats!

    • nate33uc

      #30 mind blown

  • Dave on Wheels


    I can't fall out of the bed

    • Dave on Wheels

      Get it? Because I can't move.

      • Shawny

        Well played.

    • MylesofStyles

      I may be going to hell, but I can't say I didn't laugh.

  • Cowthang

    #13 is universal bar language for "I'm a dick with no friends, please hide/steal/spit in my beer"

    • Anaughtybear

      This is also a great way to insure that you ingest some disgusting bar crud and bacteria.

      • goatpunch

        I usually see it done with a clean napkin

    • MikeOverHere

      I'm not taking advice from someone who can't spell "lose."

    • http://4chan.org/b/ gnocco

      I'm sure you're all old enough to go to a bar… (Mike has a point tho.)

    • Stash

      As a bartender for the last ten years I can tell you it is the universal sign of "I am done". It comes from people doing this to symbolize they don't want refills. Then dumbass do this and can't figure out why there drink is gone when they get back

      • Alumni72

        I guess I've been going to the wrong places – I NEVER get a refill without asking for it!

      • http://4chan.org/b/ gnocco

        in what country? Chicago, New York, and all of Florida do this to signal 'out to smoke'. i've tended bars for 8 years.

        • Marko

          This is a new one to me, and I've spent most of my life in Florida. If I'm going out to smoke, I ask what the boundaries of the patio are, and I take my drink with me.

      • Bob

        In California, this is most DEFINITELY the symbol of "I'll be back in a minute."

        • Chris

          I've tended bar for 5 years here in Cali, and that's definitely what it means here.

        • Eric

          Same w/ Indiana

      • Yeah

        Alright, I live in Georgia. What do I do here? Leave my gun?

        • Yup

          I uhhh….. Yeah, I don't get it.

      • goatpunch

        If lots of "dumbasses" do it to signal what the post says it means, maybe you ought to rethink what most of your customers think it means, and stop being a prick and taking their drinks away.

      • arose

        i've bartended for 10 years in Wisconsin. if i see this, i toss it out.

        • _DoC_

          Just because you've been doing something a long time, doesn't mean you've ever done it right or ever stopped to ask or think about doing something properly. I work with plenty of people like you.

      • MattyDeuce

        Been bartending for 7 years in PA and that is the sign that "I am finished," and to let us know you will be back, you tilt your stool against the bar. 9 times out of 10 your drink will get taken if you leave and there is a coaster or a napkin on top of it. I guess there is just different codes across the country.

        • Wait who?


    • old smitty

      Ive tended bars for 40 years

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmills.designservices Kevin Mills

      Yeah, when you are a big guy like me, nobody takes your seat, or tosses your beer unless they are absolutely positive you are gone.

    • AdultSwim

      This is the universal language for "I'm done" and take this away.

    • iain

      I've been a bar tender in Newfoundland for 40 years, This 100% means free Kraft Dinner at the gut wagon.

  • jimbob

    #14 or use a falt balde screwdriver lol

    • Dr_StrangePants

      Plugs are never made to handle any kind of torque. You're risking a permanently crooked plug.

    • ????

      Or a penny, or a dime, or a nickel…

    • ya big dum dum

      or use a flattub blerb bloob screwy mc jizzlepants LOLOL

    • red

      Or a butter knife

  • Capo

    Am i the only one bummed out when i get to the end of these posts?

    • RAWR

      nope me too, i want moar!!

  • Ryan

    #41 My dad showed me this when I was a kid and called an old Indian trick.

    • Ryan


    • MikeOverHere

      Dot or feather?

      • Dr_StrangePants

        apparently India's tech-support know-how, unbeknownst to most americans, spans generations

      • Norm

        wild or East?

    • John

      If you wrap the wires 3-4 times around each other you won't break the wires at the plug.

    • Wheelgunner

      You also create a "hot spot" because the twist creates an electro-magnetic field, causing increased resistance at that point. I've seen cords burnt/melted/fused when used with high amperage tools and devices.

      It's better to get a comercial in-line plug retainer, and they're usually waterproof as well.

      • theDude

        I call bullshit. I am a carpenter and have used this method THOUSANDS of times with high amperage tools and the cord has never so much as gotten warm because of it.

        • MyLittleKony

          maybe the Amperage wasn't high enough?
          I work in an automotive shop, and we've had cords melted this way from jump-box's.

    • FunKiller

      Your dad is a drunk and a degenerate…..he's a pretty cool guy!

    • Glowbug74

      What kind of electric bills did the old Indians get in their teepees?

      • Norm

        None, they plugged into the current bushes.

    • TheDude

      If you've worked in any kind of construction you've done it.

      • tahobart

        Right up until Jobsite Safety Inspectors come around.

    • whiskaleafa

      I was always told it was a "contractors knot"

    • Porovitch

      My dad was another one to pass along "old Indian tricks." He also had me convinced (for several years) that Cayenne powder should be referred to as "Powdered Cheyanne," because it was made from members of the Cheyanne tribe.

    • iain

      I've been a carpenter in Newfoundland for 40 years, this means union meeting tomorrow at noon.

  • Alex

    #40 my flatmate tried this day before yesterday, didn't go too well for him, or the rest of the people that tried it. #11 sounds like it could be a lifesaver though.

    • Guest

      The mug brownie always tasted kind of gross to me. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

      • john

        if its coming out watery, your using too much water. if too powdery, not enough water. you may need to adjust cooking time, for your microwave power rating might be different than the post.

    • oats

      yup. the brownie thing is yummy. turkey baster to inject gooey filling and you will run out of coffee mugs long before you get tired of these

  • Alliey

    Mind=blown. Bravo, Chive, bravo…

  • rickacha

    #3 won't work, I always lose those dawn chapstick
    #33 not as easy as presented
    #29 and then what ?
    #26 nice, but I always use the oven

    • brandon

      the magnet for the wall studs i call bs studs are usually wood and unless you have a powerful rare earth magnet you wont find shit

      • Ribsta

        I think they meant find the nails IN the studs…

        • smallchinaman

          Even then, a magnet is not going to stick to a nail that is buried under 1/2" of sheetrock. I think what this magnet is stuck to is the metal strip that they put on the corners before the mud and texture are applied.

          • Branden

            There are metal studs too not everyone uses wood. I have done this before and it works great.

          • Acdc

            Who screws drywall screws all the way through the drywall?? They are "buried" under 1/8 inch of plaster/filler – remember the purpose is just to find the stud you dud. Magnet will get it no problem.

          • Yup

            I Like when a guy is trying to show off how smart he is, but doesn't even understand how screws work.

      • oats

        $2 gas station extendo magnet from beside the till finds drywall screws in my house. i must have special screws. or someone here is just their own kind of special. lol jk

    • Womb_Raider

      So you're the guy who tries to ruin everyone's fun huh? Cut the shit Debbie Downer, these are all useful in different situations for different people. Thanks for your input though!

      • rickacha

        sorry dude, next time …I'll just write "genius" to the pics…cause that would get me a tons of "likes" … and that's means am I cool guy.

    • nvi

      for 29 you'd just be better off with a stud finder. Using the magnet to find where the drywall nails or screws are is a good idea, but sometimes they are off center of the stud. If you hang something heavy and it is on the edge of the stud it will pull right out and damage the stud.

    • velvethammer

      Or you could just buy a studfinder. Finding screws or nails in drywall is going to be pretty random with just a magnet.

    • oats

      i did the paperclip thing the other day. before this. i feel special but mom always says i am lol

  • Nate H

    #32 If you store your popcorn in the freezer you will pop every kernel

    • professor

      that critter is evil

      • jasgat66

        Well…. I make contact with the barkeep and say… "Hey.. I'll be right back.." That pretty much does it..

    • You Suck

      ….thechivefun_com SUCKS

      • annoyed.

        We had a dude jump out of a balloon at 128,000 feet and yet the boys at TheChive can't find a way to block this dude? Maybe its time to call RedBull…

        • Yuppp

          Who's "we"? Not so sure you had anything to do with that.

    • AnyoneForCoffee

      There be viruses here ^^^^

    • Bruce

      Do you put it in the microwave right out of the freezer? I want to try this.

    • Doctor_What

      Better yet, and worst kept secret ever: There is no magic to "microwaveable" popcorn.

      Here's my tip… Buy a big old jar of regular popping corn, place a handful in a plain paper bag in the microwave and hit your popcorn button as you would for any of these microwave bags.

      I promise you, it is fantastic, better for you, no unnecessary chemicals, just add a quick spray of Pam and some salt or whatever you like. Delicious, and pennies a serving!

      • Popcorn fan

        WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE!?? Everything I've ever known about microwave popcorn is now wrong! Freeze your bags? Throw kernels in a paper bag? What the french toast is happening here!? What about the metal-ish looking part in the popcorn bags?

        • http://www.facebook.com/tylerphilipp10 Tyler Philipp

          Haha your response made me literally LOL.

    • Gonasiphaherpalitis

      ^^ This guy need's to die.

      • The_Ger

        ^^ This guy needs to learn proper usage of the apostrophe.

    • MonkeyMadness

      This is a lie. I pulled a bag out of the freezer last night before ever seeing this post. I had several kernels left over.

    • OneHappy

      Actually, kernels pop because of the little bit of moisture inside; freezing and refrigerating popcorn can dry out the kernels, meaning fewer kernels will pop.

  • BigManJones

    #9. Or, you could go up to the front desk and tell them you've lost yours. They usually have a bin full.

    • rsjem1979

      Absolutely right. I'll never buy a phone charger again after discovering this.

    • Anon

      What they're saying is if you run out of outlets to plug things into, there are usually USB ports on the sides of the TVs to plug more things into.

    • oats

      not chargers dum dum, ports to plug them into

  • Bruinschiver

    Anyone else get redirected to a porno app on their iPads when trying to view this post?

    • Pshew

      I've been getting redirected to porn sites on my iPad and iPhone for about a week now

      • Me too

        Go to settings, then safari, then clear cookies & clear history. It'll stop for at least a week.

        • FoolOfATook


          • latgirl33

            im getting it too. its a pain in the ass and makes.you realy nervous to use the net in public. Is there anyway to stop it for good?

            • LawnGuyLand

              Yes. Get an android device!

              • latgirl33

                I have an android, and Im still getting it….

                • FunKiller

                  Then I would suggest just go with it….are they at least good porn sites?

                  • Fap fail

                    No 😦

      • Lucky Lucy

        Use the app! Both ITunes and GooglePlay have Chive apps… When I'm using my tablet I always use the app because thechive in browser always redirects…

        • Teetolbiggies

          I really wanna a blow a load of my fun juice all over those sexy mammoth fun bags of yours!

  • Simon

    #1 – I'm not sure I get this. I use my phone's light as a flashlight to find stuff, not to discharge and look cool.
    #2 – I always just fold the tape over – seems to work
    #20 – Then somebody with more balls than sense will just open the bag and steal its belongings

    • Simon

      Sorry, not number 2, #5. D'OH!

      • Colby

        The thing about using the bread tab instead is that if you fold the tape over, you have to rip off and waste that piece.. this way, the entire roll is usable! 🙂

        • FunKiller

          Dude, it's about an inch of tape, tops….I think that's an appropriate amount of tape to dis guard without being out of some serious cash……it's FUCKING TAPE you imbecile!!!!

        • Simon

          I get what you mean, but on Sellotape (I don't know what it's called there – Scotch?), pulling the bread tab thing off would mash up the tape, and I'd have to cut it anyhow.

          I just miss that bit out, cut it off and be done with the whole sordid affair.

  • crazydog

    #6 if a kid does that they need replacing anyway

    • Huck

      Yes! Replace that Damn kid, if they can't stay put!

  • Tiwwzler

    Don't really need to ask for directions if you're able to take a picture do you

    • typo


    • Simon

      I'm assuming you take a picture when you get to the station, then when you need to find it again, show somebody the photo.

    • HUH?

      take a picture of your hotel sign, then show it to a cabby when you want to return.

  • Stick

    You really shouldn't ever leave your drink unattended, Chive

    • Ribsta

      And since I would not call that "universal" knowledge, I would sit there anyway.

    • Barhoppin

      That's universal language for, "I'm not watching my beer."

    • Stash

      And it's universal language for I'm done, not I'm coming back.

    • FunKiller

      What if you like getting ruffied? I think it's fun sometimes…..like a crap shoot to how your night's going to end up. Haven't you ever taken any risks in your life? Live a little, man!

      • Simon

        What the hell is ruffied? It sounds like the sort of thing you'd do to a small dog when you were pleased to see it.

    • Marty

      yeah…. no. that's how you let your bartender know not to refill your glass.

      • KCCO_VA

        Not in VA, means you will be back.

  • KidWhisperer

    #6 or you could just put your idiot child back in a crib

  • https://www.facebook.com/bradley.cain.75 Bradley Cain

    #42 soooo you're telling me that if I put ice in my water bottle, I'll have cold water on the go? mind blown

    • Robert

      A single block will melt slower than many smaller pieces.

  • TChrisB

    If you're going to the bathroom, you're trying to loose your drink, aren't you? Or at least what's left of it.

    That would make you a looser loser. Or is it loser looser?

    • MonkeyMadness

      Only losers spell it "looser". One of my big spelling pet peeves.

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