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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?
Some of these great life hacks seem intuitive, but they're not always the first solutions to come to mind when problems arise. Others are so simple and obvious that, well gosh, why didn't I think of that? Vote up the most useful LPTs, and be sure to visit the LifeProTips subreddit for more genius ideas to make your life run more smoothly.
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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
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
If you're dropping somebody off at their home, make sure that they are able to get in before you drive away./u/carrzy
Keep blankets, water, non-perishable snacks, and a small tool kit in your vehicle in case you have any car troubles on the road./u/theimpossiblequandry
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.
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
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
If a baby / toddler appears to hurt himself, and he looks to you, always meet his gaze and smile/u/Skizm
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
Sign your signature in blue ink so that you distinguish an original document from a copy./u/Miiiiils
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
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
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