By: Wil Fulton
Outside of a few degenerates, Reddit contains a community of everyday heroes, dedicated to making our lives better with bits of knowledge designed to improve our day-to-day. Collected here are some of the most useful life pro tips and "hacks" ever scattered throughout Reddit, submitted for your approval and immediate application. Don't thank me; thank the glorious gods of the Internet.
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1. Hold drinks with your left hand in social settings
As this user named Engvar points out, a cool clammy handshake during a networking event is a surefire precursor to a poverty-filled, unsuccessful life. Seriously, though, it never looks good to juggle that brew in your hand before shaking someone's hand, and keeping a cold one in your southpaw will ensure a warm, friendly hand shake with ol' righty. Unless your palms are naturally sweaty and cold, which is another problem altogether.
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2. Hack into free Wi-Fi on planes (some airlines, anyway)
What good is an expertly snapped shot of your plane's wing hovering majestically above the Idaho landscape if you can't even upload it until you reach Vancouver? Time waits for no 'gram. Redditor walkintalkinhawkin details this (surprisingly simple) seven-step method to securing free internet at 30,000+ feet. It only works on US Airways and American Airlines flights and on Internet-enabled Apple products -- but we have tried it and it definitely works, so use it now before they close the loophole.
3. Test your batteries to see how much juice they have left
Good batteries will stay standing when dropped gently on an even surface, while dead ones will fall over. No seriously, it works!
4. Get extra power with screwdrivers by fitting them with a wrench
As this home improvement-minded Redditor pointed out, most wrenches are affixed with grooved handles that will snugly fit a wrench. When you need to turn a screw that's stuck, or if you need a little extra elbow grease (that you don't have, naturally), using a wrench will provide a lot more torque than your hands. Also, many screwdrivers will have an extra metal block at the base of the shaft to fit the wrench, if the handle doesn't.
5. Flatten meat before you freeze it, to reduce thawing time and save space
This meat-hack (that sounds weird...) actually delivers two perks at once: you'll reduce the time it takes for your meat to thaw, and also save space in your freezer by flattening out the meat product before placing it in the freezer. All you need is some Ziploc bags, and a love of quick beef.
6. Your bottle opener is also a fingernail-saving can opener
For those of you eternally wondering what the extra groove on the reverse side of your bottle opener is for, it's designed to help you open those stubborn, fingernail-breaking can tabs. Not all heroes wear capes. We will all sleep a little sounder tonight... probably because of all the beers we just opened.
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7. Buy group seats in front/behind each other, not side-by-side
Have you ever bought 5+ tickets to a game or concert, and ended up not even talking to half the people you are with? Most spectators that roll deep will end up spreading their groups throughout a single row, Last Supper-style, even though using two rows is a more efficient way to spread out a group, while still keeping everything cohesive. But then you might have to talk to your sister's boyfriend Rick, which sucks.
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