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It’s not that we ever stopped loving television, but it has ended up playing a bigger role in many people’s lives since the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed how we socialize. So even if you’ve never cared about the Emmy Awards before, you may be a little more invested this year, and interested to see whether…

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Go to article - How to Stream the 2021 Emmys (and What to Know About This Year's Show)

Part of what makes a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers so special is knowing that they won’t be around forever, so you should cherish them in the moment, or some crap like that. Because when you think about it, you’re essentially putting a bunch of flower corpses (or amputees) in a vase and keeping them around until they…

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Go to article - Why You Should Keep Your Fresh Flowers Away From Your Fruit Bowl

When they do their job properly, suction cups are great. Extra storage in the shower? Don’t mind if I do. But sometimes, suction cups lose their ability to stick to the wall. Try as you might to get them to stay put, they keep sliding down the tile in your bathroom or the kitchen window, and it’s a problem.…

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Go to article - How to Get Your Suction Cups to Stick Again

The FDA’s advisory panel voted unanimously Friday that booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine should be available to people 65 and older and people at high risk of severe disease. That recommendation is likely to be amended to include other groups like healthcare workers. Assuming the FDA uses the panel’s recommendation,…

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Go to article - COVID-19 Booster Doses Are Coming, But Not for Everybody

There are several ways to take a screenshot on Windows 11. Most of the screenshot shortcuts are the same as on Windows 10, but there are a few extra screen capture features available that are unique to Windows 11.

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Go to article - All the Ways to Take Screenshots in Windows 11

Even though it still feels like summer, fall officially starts in a few days. And if you have a grass lawn, you may not be heartbroken at the thought of putting your landscaping equipment away for a few months.

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Go to article - How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower (and Why You Should)

This financial move requires a bit of work, but it might be the best way to maximize interest on your emergency fund during times of high inflation: It’s called a CD ladder—a series of overlapping certificates of deposits that expire at different times so you have a steady stream of cash that still takes advantage of…

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Go to article - How to Set Up a CD Ladder for Your Emergency Fund (and Why You'd Do It)

If your yard is a little lackluster and you’re looking for ways to increase curb appeal, here are some of the easiest ways to spruce it up, minus the headaches or prohibitive timelines.

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Go to article - These No-Stress Plants Can Instantly Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Dancing can be intimidating. At any wedding or club, there always seems to be someone there who looks so effortlessly cool moving around on the dance floor. Not everyone feels that confidence or has an arsenal of moves to break out at just the right moment, though, and when you’re in a time crunch before a big event,…

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Go to article - How to Become a Good Enough Dancer Just in Time for a Big Event

There’s a line from an Eileen Myles poem that I keep turning over in my head: “Every season has cracks through which winter or fall might leak through.” And while Eileen goes on to declare June “the most perfect flavor,” for me, the month of September is undoubtedly the time with the most eclectic fractures.

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Go to article - Embrace Your End of Summer Feelings With the Warday's Cocktail

As of this writing, 18 states have legalized recreational cannabis, meaning partaking for fun is now an option for around 140 million Americans over the age of 21—but even if you aren’t one of them, you don’t have to let stoner FOMO rule your life. There’s actually a 100 percent federally legal way to consume THC—and…

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Go to article - How You Can Legally Get High on THC Almost Anywhere in the US

Fall is here, which means a deluge of questionable pumpkin spice items, along with some dubious opinions on their merits. I am here to tell you that the best pumpkin spice item is not a Starbucks latte, it’s not the bread, and it’s certainly not the fucking travesty that is the pumpkin-spice flavored Cup of Noodles,…

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Go to article - The Best Pumpkin Spice Item Is the Scone, You Fools

What you want to do in the bedroom is up to you, but what you actually do is also up to your partners. Everyone involved has to agree to it—it’s called consent, and it’s pretty fundamental. There aren’t many “right” or “wrong” things to be into as long as the participants are willing, but it can be difficult to…

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Go to article - How to Tell Your Partner You Want to Be Sexually Degraded

Apple’s M1 Macs are fast. It’s not just the hardware that’s responsible for that performance, however—part of that speed comes when apps have been properly optimized for Apple silicon. If you want the best gaming experience on your M1 iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini, you need to know which titles are…

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Go to article - How to Tell When a Game Has Been Optimized for M1 Macs

The weather’s getting colder (terrifying in itself), which also means that spooky season is upon us. If there’s some compensation for the shorter days and darker evenings, it’s the onset of that sense that the veil between worlds truly is beginning to recede. Or maybe it’s just the evocative plastic pumpkin displays…

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Go to article - 19 of the Best Scary TV Shows to Watch Between Now and Halloween

Transparency mode is one of the Apple AirPods Pro’s best features. Using a mix of internal and external microphones, it allows you to listen to music through you earbuds without totally shutting out the world around you. But not all ears are created equal, and some people might want to let through more sound than…

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Go to article - What's the Point of AirPods Pro's Transparency Mode? And How to Customize It

We can all probably agree that Siri isn’t the best smart assistant. Wouldn’t you rather use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa? If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve had the ability to launch Alexa on your device for a while, but it’s not quite as easy as summoning Siri—but it has just gotten a lot easier.

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Go to article - You Can Finally 'Ask Alexa' From Your iPhone Home Screen

If you’ve ever walked into a martial arts gym, you’re familiar with the rapid thud-thud-thud-thud-thud of the speed bag. That small, air-filled bag that hangs on a swivel may look innocuous—especially when set against the hulking presence of the bigger, heavier bags—but it happens to be a seriously underrated form of…

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Go to article - The Speed Bag Is a Highly Underrated Workout

Even if your favorite cheeseburgers are the ones you grill in your own backyard, there’s no rule saying you can’t enjoy fast food cheeseburgers, too. And if you were to venture out to buy one, tomorrow’s a good time to do it. Saturday, Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and there are all sorts of deals and freebies

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Go to article - Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day By Getting Your Hands on These Burger Deals

This week is all about young people gone bad. Kids out there are straight delinquents. They’re throwing baked beans around, vandalizing school bathrooms, and pointing out ontological inconsistencies. Stop disrespecting my assumptions about reality, ya punks!

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Go to article - The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: What is Beaning?

When Beth first started assigning Lifehacker fitness challenges to the writers at the site, I pretended I did not notice. I have never been good at exercising. I struggle to even spell the word. With the exception of playing softball when I was five, I didn’t play any team sports as a kid. I dabbled with gymnastics…

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Go to article - Could a Compound Bow Help Me Stick to an Exercise Routine?

Cardio workouts are so good for your body—and your mental health!—but not all of us have learned to like running. Cycling is great, but not everybody has a bike or the patience to troubleshoot their sore butt. (We have tips for that, though.) So let’s take a look at some of the other ways to get your cardio, from gym…

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Go to article - 10 Ways to Get Cardio That Aren't Running or Cycling

Someone recently broke into my car two nights in a row. The first time I figured it was a slip up on my end, and that I forgot to lock it after I got home. So I made a point of locking it and arming the alarm the next night, and yet someone was able to break in again.

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Go to article - How to Keep Your Car's Key Fob From Being Hacked

Driving a well-maintained, regularly serviced automobile is the best method of passing an emissions check; but what are ya, some kind of square? Instead, use the tips below to try and squeeze your carbon-spewing jalopy under the smog-check wire. And if they don’t work, do not try the less-than-ethical, probably…

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Go to article - All the Ethical (and Ethical Adjacent) Ways to Beat Your Car's Emissions Test

While used car prices might have plateaued in August, demand is still very high due to supply shortages, with the average median listing price up 34.3% compared to last August. Even if you don’t intend to sell your car, it’s always a good idea to check in on your assets to see how much they might be worth—and doing it…

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Go to article - How Much Is Your Car Worth Right Now?