Friday, September 17, 2010

Ingenious Ideas for the 21st Century Lazy Person

These are some interesting ideas that I've found floating around the internet, and by implementing them into my life I have actually managed to increase my productivity by a good 20%. They also just make life more fun, and more convenient. Moreover, they are also useful bits of advice you can give to friends at the exact right moment to impress them (you never know when it might come up).

Use your hand as a ruler
Measure your hand from your fingertips to palm and memorize it. Now you can judge the size of anything without a ruler. Try picking a finger that equates close to an exact measurement.

Cool tricks with your tongue
By pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth you can: Cure brain freeze, help drain your sinuses, and make the urge to sneeze go away. Alternatively if you feel you need to sneeze, try looking into a bright light.

Seeing in the Dark
When you wake up in the middle of the night, cover one eye with your hand before you turn on the light. Leave it covered until you turn off the light, and then switch eyes. The covered eye will retain its ability to see in the dark. This is the reason why pirates wore eye patches.

Avoiding Cancellation fees at a hotel
If you find you need to cancel a hotel reservation, but you've past the date to avoid a cancellation fee, try rescheduling for a future time. Most hotels will do this for free. Then, call back, get a different rep, and cancel free of charge.

Another Hotel Perk
The next time you lose your phone charger, before buying another one, go to a hotel. Say that you think you lost your phone charger there. It's the #1 most left behind item at hotels, so most places have a large bin filled with every phone charger imaginable.

Easy Research Sources
Find a solid source that pertains directly to your thesis. Then use the bibliography in that source to find new sources. Wikipedia is great for this.

Get More Time on a Paper
This is a deceptively simple trick. Find some file, usually a picture will be the right size, and rename it "My Essay.doc" (you have to have file extensions shown, google 'how to show file extensions' if you don't). Then, when you send it to a professor, the "paper" will look "corrupt" and you can usually blame their e-mail service and buy yourself a day or two.

Quick Cooling Beverages
So you want a cold beverage but you don't have one in the fridge? Take a warm one, put it into a pot and cover it with ice. Then add 2 cups of salt and fill it with water. The salt will lower the freezing temperature of the water, and allow it to get even colder. Your beverage will be cold in about 3 minutes.

Use an Aluminum Foil roll Correctly
Have you ever tried to get aluminum foil (or some other wrap) from the box only to pull the whole roll out? Well most boxes have perforated tabs at the ends of the boxes. Push them in and they will hold the roll in place. Viola.

Remembering something important
If you need to remember to bring something with you, simply put your car keys on it the night before. If you still somehow forget it, there is probably something wrong with you.

Open a Banana properly
I'm not saying it's difficult to open a banana, but try turning the banana upside down and open it by pinching the stem then peeling. It's how monkeys do it, and they seem pretty smart to me.

Get out of the house in time
Make your morning playlist exactly as long as you have to get ready in the morning. Go from chill songs to more energetic. You will be able to tell how you are doing on time by the currently playing song.

Have some ingenious ideas of your own? By all means post them in the comments.

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