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Life doesn't come with an instruction book, and yet some people seem to have it all figured it out. Luckily, they're willing to share their expertise with the rest of us. This collection of life pro tips and tricks covers everything from boiling water to helping your parents program the dadgum DVR. Do you know how to use marjoram? How about how to remove Sharpie from a dry erase board?
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When you call 911, start by saying the service you need and your address. Once the operator has those details, he can dispatch the appropriate people while you give more info./u/USMBTRT
Before heading to a busy venue (amusement park, sports arena), take a good picture of your children. If they get lost, a photo provides exact details of what they they look like and what they are wearing./u/CirrusUnicus
If you're dropping somebody off at their home, make sure that they are able to get in before you drive away./u/carrzy
When dividing up food to freeze in ziploc bags, flatten it out. It'll thaw faster when you need it./u/Staplebattery
If your roommate's cell phone alarm is going off and he is not in the room, call the phone. It will disable the alarm./u/UberBueno
When studying a subject, pretend that you'll have to teach the material you're studying.
Before cleaning your microwave, run it for 5-10 minutes with a bowl of water in it to loosen up the dried out gunk./u/Flelk
When checking into a hotel in an area you don't know, grab a business card so you can show cab drivers the address./u/ernymac
If you want to endear someone to you quickly, ask them for advice. Doesn't matter what on; just asking for their opinion on anything shows that you respect them and value their input.
When responding to advice, say "you're right" instead of "i know." It shows that you're actually listening to someone, that you care about what they say, and give them credit for trying to help./u/rebeldottie
If a baby / toddler appears to hurt himself, and he looks to you, always meet his gaze and smile/u/Skizm
Sign your signature in blue ink so that you distinguish an original document from a copy./u/Miiiiils
When making homemade fries, after slicing the potato, soak the slices in a bowl of cold water. Some of the starches will release into the water, which makes the inside of the fries tender while the outside remains crispier./u/victoria_antonia
Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. The one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot. The heat will destroy the protein that caused the reaction, and the itching will stop./u/firu86
Start each year off with an empty jar, and fill it with notes of good things that happen. On new year's eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year./u/thatswhatmesaid
When heating leftovers, space out a circle in the middle. It will heat up much more evenly.
Put a sticker with a fake pin number on your debit card. Make the numbers hard to read. If you lose it and someone tries to use it (3 times), the terminal will lock your account and eat the card./u/fluffitude
Fill plastic water bottles a quarter of the way full, lay on its side, and put in freezer. This way, when it's frozen, you can fill with water and have ice cold water on the go./u/Testicle_Festival
When you want to cross words out you don't want to be legible, instead of scribbling over them, write random letters and words over the original./u/yourmom46
Dryer lint is mostly your clothes gradually disintegrating. If you have a beloved shirt you'd like to wear forever, let it air dry./u/darien_gap
Throw a few of those silica packets in your toolbox. It'll help prevent your tools from rusting./u/BadHumanGoodGnome
When your dog gets loose, don't chase it; lie down and pretend you're hurt./u/ultim
When showing people pictures on your phone, zoom in a little bit so they can't easily swipe to other pictures./u/mooomba
Smelly shoes? Leave a teabag in each overnight, and odor will be gone./u/Backdrift
When you're feeling down, clean & organize your room, house, or car./u/LetsHearItFor
To erase permanent marker from a whiteboard, go over the ink with a dry erase marker. The two different inks will react with each other and then can be erased with a whiteboard eraser./u/Kubrick_Fan
When checking reviews online on sites like amazon.com, Also check reviews sorted by most recent date first. Some merchants will start selling a lower quality version of the product after reaching a high ranking./u/itpm
Vacuum 2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon. It will make your place smell amazing every time you clean./u/fazzah
To study for a test, pretend you are able to have a cheat sheet, and fill it with as many short and concise notes that would help you pass your test. By the time you are done, you will have successfully studied./u/a_normal
When streaming netflix on a computer, if the stream quality is sub-par, press control+alt(opt)+shift+s in order to change the buffering rates. Changing to 3000 forces hd video./u/A_Dodgy_Universe
If google chrome freezes, hit shift + esc. Chrome has an inbuilt task manager/u/sahildave1991
Looking for good music to work to? Try video game soundtracks. The music's designed to provide a stimulating background that doesn't mess with your concentration./u/robertgfthomas
If a motorcyclist pats his or her head with an open palm, it means cop or danger ahead./u/Joester
Never engage a door to door home SECURITY solicitor. He may be an impostor casing the neighborhood for unprotected homes./u/sjogerst
When done cooking bacon or dealing with a pan of hot grease, line the inside of a bowl with tin foil, pour in grease, wait until solid, fold up, and then discard./u/mcgraths
Get the wifi password for many establishments by checking the comments SECTION of foursquare/u/dirtyfries
Buy restaurant-grade stuff (flatware, glasses, chairs, etc.). It lasts practically forever, and you can always find replacements to match/u/DonQuixBalls
Shake your clothes out before putting them in the dryer. This will prevent them from staying in a wet ball./u/emilylime
Do online shopping in a private window so you don't get ad-spammed into oblivion when browsing later on./u/thecardboardman
Use ice cube tray to hold small parts when disassembling and assembling things./u/danielesin