17/02/16

The Internet is full of useful bits of advice. They’ve come to be known as “life hacks”. Apparently, some of them work and some don’t. Let’s take a look at a couple of those to see if they may come in handy.

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Intro

Do you know any useful life hack?

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Glossary

  • debunk – expose the falseness or hollowness of (an idea or belief)
  • amplify – increase the volume of (sound), especially using an amplifier.
  • fitted – made or shaped to fill a space or to cover something closely or exactly
  • dental floss – a soft thread of floss silk or similar material used to clean between the teeth
  • scoop – a utensil resembling a spoon, with a short handle and a deep bowl, used for removing dry or semi-solid substances from a container
  • dispenser – an automatic machine or container which is designed to release a specific amount of something
  • crust – the tough outer part of e.g. a loaf of bread.
  • double (as sth) – be used in or play another, different role

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Think about it pt. 1

Before you watch the video decide if the statements below are true or false.

  • A toilet paper roll amplifies the sound of your smartphone speakers.
  • You can lean your phone against sunglasses to make it more comfortable to watch video.
  • A laptop charger can help you open a bottle of soda.
  • A hammer and a nail comes in handy when you don’t have a corkscrew.
  • If you want to prevent a straw from rising in a can, you need to insert it through the tab.
  • It is possible to seal a packet of chips without a chip clip.
  • It is possible to turn a bag of chips into a chip bowl.
  • You can use a wooden spoon to stop water from boiling over.
  • It’s possible to fold a fitted sheet into a perfect square.
  • You can easily slice cherry tomatoes if you put them between two Tupperware lids.
  • If you want to cut an onion without crying you need to be chewing gum at the same time.
  • A drinking straw can be used to stem a strawberry easily.
  • Unscented dental floss is useful for cutting cheese.
  • Opening a jar can be facilitated with the help of duct tape or electrical tape.
  • A knife can easily replace an ice cream scoop.
  • A soda cup can be turned into an amplifier when cut into two.
  • A stick of spaghetti can save you from accidental burns in some situations.
  • A bottle of TicTacs is designed to serve as a dispenser.
  • A plastic bottle and egg yoke can work in tandem for some purposes.
  • Some takeaway boxes can be easily turned into paper plates.
  • It is possible to keep a reheated pizza’s crust crispy even in a microwave oven.
  • Some types of food can double as fire kindling.

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Watch

Now watch the video and check your answers.

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Think about it pt. 2

Answer the questions below.

  • Which statements were you right about?
  • Which life hack was the most surprising to you? Which one do you regard as the most helpful?
  • How can you seal a packet of chips without a chip clip?
  • How can you use a plastic bottle to separate egg yoke?
  • Do you know a better way to keep a reheated pizza’s crust crispy?

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