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Painting interior walls in your home is one of those tasks that seems pretty quick and simple, but usually ends up being far more work than you anticipated. That’s because it’s not only a matter of brushing or rolling on a coat of fresh paint—there’s also all the prep work and cleanup that goes along with it (and…

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Go to article - When to Wash Your Walls Before Painting, and When You Can Skip It

When you mail something via the United States Postal Service (USPS), it can be hard to know when it might reach its final destination. And if it seems like it’s been taking longer than usual for a letter to get from one part of the country to another, it’s not your imagination: It’s part of a USPS money-saving…

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Go to article - Use This Map to Find Out When Your Sent Mail Should Arrive

Although fresh basil is now available in supermarkets year-round, it’s not the same as being able to go into your own backyard (or turn to the planter on your windowsill) and picking a few leaves when you need them. But it’s one thing to clear a stem or two for some cocktails: What about picking a majority of the…

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Go to article - How to Harvest Basil All Season Without Killing It

When the bill comes at the end of dinner a dinner out with friends or family, things can get awkward, fast. Maybe you’re an adult who isn’t sure if it’s appropriate to keep letting your parents will pick up the tab. Maybe you’re on a first date and don’t want to give the impression you’re a mooch—or deal with the…

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Seltzer, or sparkling water if you’re fancy (“spicy water” if you’re my kid), has been having a moment since at least 2016. At my Target, there is an entire wall dedicated to the many-faceted flavor combinations of LaCroix, Spindrift, Bubly, Waterloo, Aha, Polar, and Sparkling Ice, not to mention Target’s knock-off…

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Go to article - Your Next Seltzer Needs Some Jam

A long time ago, smartphones were small. Like, really small. It used to be a given that such a device should fit snugly in the hand, so you could do everything you need to with it using only your thumb. They certainly don’t make ‘em like they used to.

In 2022, most “smaller” smartphones are still enormous, sporting…

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Go to article - How to Help Convince Tech Companies to Make a Smaller Smartphone

I recently had the chance to sample Bushmill’s second Rare Casks expression, a 29-year-old single malt Irish Whiskey finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. This stuff retails for a whopping $750, and it’s worth it. It was initially (triple) distilled in 1992 and aged in bourbon barrels until 2004, then transferred to…

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Go to article - How to Read a Whiskey Label Without Embarrassing Yourself

For Mac enthusiasts and power users, 1Password has been the password manager of choice for more than a decade. But with a redesign and a new killer feature, we think 1Password 8 is now the best password manager for everyone using a Mac, period.

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Go to article - Why 1Password Is Now the Best Password Manager for Mac

Convenience foods have a bad reputation, only sometimes deserved. They make our lives easier, so there must be something wrong with them. And it’s true, they tend to cost more than buying the ingredients yourself, and sometimes they’re higher in sugar or otherwise hard to fit into a healthy diet.

But there are plenty…

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Go to article - 8 of the Best Cheap and Healthy Convenience Foods, According to Reddit

Following the horrifying news of the war in Ukraine from afar can make you feel powerless to help. And while there are some concrete things you can do to help Ukrainian citizens under siege, once you’ve done so, there’s nothing wrong with engaging in a little trolling: The hacktivist site WasteRussianTime.today lets…

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Go to article - You Should Prank Call Some Russian Officials to Protest the War in Ukraine

You know how to properly clean and how to properly load your dishwasher—so why are some of your dishes coming out dirtier than others? If the last thing you want is to pay for a repair person—or worse, have to buy a whole new machine—you might be in luck. The reason your dishwasher may not be cleaning your dirty…

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Go to article - Jammed Lemon Seeds and Other Dishwasher Mishaps (and How to Fix Them)

Scams are in the zeitgeist right now, which means they’re popping up in podcasts all over the place, in shows from the biggest media companies to the tiniest of indies. From mysterious boys emerging from the wild to con a whole town in Chameleon: Wild Boys to an entrepreneur bilking investors out of millions of…

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Go to article - 8 Podcasts About Fascinating Scams

Have you ever gotten a bad meal at a restaurant, then proceeded to eat it anyway? Have you ever told a stylist you love your new highlights, even while you’re mentally figuring out whether you can afford an immediate color correction at another salon? You may think you’re just being polite in these situations, but…

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Go to article - How to Complain About Bad Service Without Being a Jerk

Potty training a toddler is no joke. Between the accidents and the stubborn refusals to “try,” getting a toddler to do their business in an actual toilet tends to be a long, drawn-out process, no matter what the experts promise. One issue, in particular, that often crops up while potty training is the flat-out refusal…

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Go to article - How to Get Your Reluctant Toddler to Poop in the Potty

This week, take advice from America’s greatest living artist and national treasure, Dr. Taylor Swift. We also consider cringe, investigate Poppy Playtime, and analyze Master Chief’s power armor.

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Go to article - The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide to Kid Culture: Taylor Swift Talks Cringe

I recently asked Lifehacker readers to share the worst advice you’ve ever received. Anti-lifehacks, if you will. From career tips, to personal finance, to all areas of your love life: There’s a lot of bad advice out there.

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Go to article - 11 of the Worst Pieces of "Practical" Advice Lifehacker Readers Ever Received

We know exactly what we’re in for when the plot of a high school movie reaches prom season. The dramatic crowning of prom royalty. Spontaneous speeches that somehow sound scripted. Synchronized dance numbers. A stirring ‘80s power ballad, even if the movie is set in 2008.

My prom experience was, uh, not that, but I…

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Go to article - 20 Movies That Capture the All the Drama of Prom

If you’re the competitive type and simply texting your dad and friend group your Wordle score first thing in the morning isn’t doing it for you, you can try the newest iteration in the Wordle copycat universe: WeWordle. WeWordle lets you compete with others online—reminiscent of the olden days of Words with Friends,…

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Go to article - WeWordle Is the Multiplayer Wordle That Is Currently Stressing Me Out

We all know bleach is great for stain-lifting and disinfecting. Its active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, quickly attacks and denatures the proteins in micro-organisms, killing bacteria, fungus and viruses. And according to the American Cleaning Institute, it’s the oxidizing properties of bleach that convert…

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Go to article - 13 Things Bleach Can Do Aside From Lifting Stains

Bear encounters are no longer just a rural happenstance. This week, a bear was tranquilized and removed from the backyard in the suburban town of Haledon, New Jersey. In April, police in Asheville, N. C. received three reports of bear sightings in the city’s downtown area. These two communities join a growing list of…

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Go to article - How to Prevent a Bear Attack

Windows 11’s next major overhaul is nearly ready to launch, and it appears poised to bring big changes to the look and usability of Microsoft’s operating system.

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Go to article - How to Install the Windows 11 2H22 Beta Now

Every year since about 2006, it seems like we get a new statistic about how many people are wearing the wrong bra size, which always inspires a slew of news stories about how Jennifer from Long Island thought she was a 36D but is actually a 30F. With all due respect to the Jennifers of the world, stories like these…

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Go to article - The Real Way to Find a Bra That Fits Your Big Boobs

For most of my life, I thought I didn’t like grapefruit. I loved the flavor—grapefruit seltzer is the tops—and the scent, but the actual fruit? Too bitter, even with sugar dumped on top (how my dad always used to eat it) and too messy (the number of times I squirted myself in the eye with citrus juice while attempting…

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Go to article - This Is Truly the Best Way to Eat a Grapefruit

You can’t pick up a stranger’s iPhone and use it as your own: Authentication measures, like Face ID, Touch ID, and passcodes, ensure the only people who can access our iPhones are us and the people we trust. However, even if you can’t check out someone’s messages or open up their Instagram without unlocking the phone…

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Go to article - Everything You Can Do With a Locked iPhone