Friday, April 17, 2015

10 Century Old Lifehacks That Are Still Useful Today

1. How to Boil Cracked Eggs Without Any Mess

Cracked eggs can be boiled without their innards spilling out. Simply add vinegar to the water being used to hard-boil eggs. Adding vinegar to the water helps the proteins in the egg-white coagulate faster. This plugs the cracks.

2. How to Make a Fire Extinguisher

"Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted."

3. How to Cut a Tree

Decide which side you want the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. “When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.”

4. How to Make A Chair to Cross A Stream:

Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end to a tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running look or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of (the) chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.

5. How to Make a Water Filter

"A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state."

6. How to Keep Plants Watered When You're Away

Fill a bucket with water slightly above and near as many plants as practical. Loosely braid two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water. Place one end of the braid in the bucket, weighted, and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil. Use separate braids of wool for each pot.

7. How To Light A Match In The Wind

"The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance."

8. How to Stop a Mad Dog

9. How to Rescue Someone From an Electric Shock

If you’re rescuing a person touching a “live wire”, do not attempt to take hold of him if he is still grasping the wire, unless your hands are protected by rubber gloves, a waterproof coat or several thicknesses of dry cloth! Stand on glass or dry wood, and try and have the current switched off, and call for medical assistance.

10. How To Extract A Splinter:

Create a “suction” by completely filling a wide mouthed bottle with hot water, press the splintered part of the hand tightly against the bottle’s mouth. The suction and hot water will draw out the splinter. As water cools down, its volume reduces & creates a vacuum that, quite literally, sucks.

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