Sometimes when I need to get the blog post creative juices flowing I will spend time perusing Pinterest….flipping through magazines….even poking around Reddit. This last one is always a risky proposition because I always end up spending WAY too much time there once I find an interesting thread. Which is exactly how today’s post came about!
I happened to come across a thread about “real life cheat codes” and my curiosity was piqued! If you’ve ever played a video game and got to a level you couldn’t pass…a “cheat code” could help you get past it. Well, it turns out cheat codes aren’t just for video games anymore.
These sneaky tricks, workarounds, and creative rule-bending exist everywhere in real life, and once you learn some of them you’ll never wanted to return to life B.C. (before cheats) again.
After reading through literally THOUSANDS of comments, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorites to share with you! I hope you get as much of a kick out of them as I did! :-)
“CHEAT CODES” FOR LIFE:
- Most aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes have little push-in tabs on the sides. If you push them in, the roll won’t fall out when you try to pull out a sheet of it. Who knew???
- Secretaries, tech support and janitors are the true power in office buildings. Make friends, remember birthdays and you can get anything you need or go anywhere you need.
- Never describe anything as just “good.” Ever. It forces you to find more interesting ways of describing things.
- When you’re watching a DVD, hit stop, stop, then play to skip ads and head straight to the movie. If hitting stop twice doesn’t work, hit it three times before you hit play.
- Get the WiFi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare
- When you buy something online, you usually get a chance to enter a promo code before you purchase. Google the promo codes. They’re out there – you can get everything from free shipping to 25% off the purchase.
- When you have forgotten someones name, simply say : “I’m sorry, but what was your name one more time.” They may act offended, but when they give you their first name simply reply “No, I meant your LAST name” (more socially acceptable to forget.) Bingo. First and last names.
- If you lose/misplace your wallet, put a HOLD on your credit cards. Do NOT cancel. If you cancel it can later show up on your credit report. If you believe you are going to find it later, placing a hold saves you the red mark on your report.
- If you find yourself running late for work, pick up some donuts or muffins. Then you’re not the person who’s late, you’re the person who brought breakfast!
- If you need to briefly turn the light on at night and don’t want to completely lose your night vision, keep one eye closed.
- To get through to tech support quickly on the phone, choose the option for becoming a new customer. Then when you get there ask to transfer to tech support. Usually they won’t put you on hold because they see the number coming from the “new customer” line.
- If you were alive in 2006, you are one of the many recipients of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Award. In 2006 Time Magazine gave “Everyone” the Award while making their cover as close to a mirror as possible. Be sure you list it on your resume. :-)
- If you are writing a paper where you can’t cite Wikipedia as a source, use the sources in the “Notes” and “References” sections as your primary sources. Use Wikipedia as a guideline.
- Another tip for students: coming up short on a research paper? Find and replace every period (.) in the paper and enlarge it by 2 pts. Turns a 15 page paper into an 18 page paper and is relatively undetectable.
- Make the guts of your sandwiches for the whole week on Sunday. Sandwich your meat, mayo, mustard in between two slices of cheese, pop each one in a plastic bag and freeze. On your way out the door in the morning, grab a bag and two slices of bread and you’re good to go.
- Look at someones elbow when you High-Five. You will never miss.
- Raising your arm high above your head will stop a bloody nose instantly.
- When walking down a busy street, look slightly upwards, say 30° above level, and everyone coming towards you will get out of the way.
- Don’t think too hard about life after 10PM. Things ALWAYS look better in the morning. (One of my personal favorites!)
- Put an “Identification.txt” in your flash drives with the following info in case you lose it:
Thanks so much!
- Another option….make the first photograph on your camera’s SD card a piece of paper with all your contact details on it.
- You cannot abuse or overuse the words “please” and “thank you.”
- Always keep the top half of your gas tank full instead of the bottom half. :-)
- After you toast your bread and place it on your plate, put your knife on it immediately. It’ll warm the metal so you have no problem cutting into butter.
- Squeezing your left thumb greatly reduces your gag reflex.
- Cover your pillow with a clean towel each night and your acne will go away.
- The caffeine nap: caffeine takes 15-20 minutes to kick in. If you are feeling really tired, drink a cup of coffee and then take a light, 15-20 minute nap. You will wake up incredibly refreshed and awake.
- Making up your bed gives the illusion of a having a clean room.
- Put the plastic lid on the coffee cup so that the hole is on the opposite side from the seam in the cup. That way, it won’t dribble.
- Visine will stop bleeding on small cuts. Keep a bottle next to your razor.
- Buy a can of wasp spray and keep next to your bed. Works as a can of pepper spray but with a 20-foot reach.
- If you accidentally use a real marker on a dry erase board, color over the area with a real dry-erase marker and then erase all of it. It will take off the permanent marker too.
- Use your refrigerator as a giant dry erase board. Rubbing alcohol can be used to remove permanent marker if you use the wrong pen.
- “No” is in the pocket. Interpretation: If you don’t ask for something you have already received the answer “no.” If you ask, you have a chance of getting “yes.”
- Google for PDF’s of manuals for things you own or when you buy them. Manuals get lost, thrown out, mis-filed. PDF’s remain on your hard drive and are backed up.
- Floss before you brush. If you floss first, all the icky plaque gets swept away by the brush and paste afterwards.
- As a general rule, odd numbered highways run North/South and even numbered highways are East/West. Have a hard time remembering? Think of a highway near where you live? Is it even or odd? Does it run North South East or West? (U.S. only.)
- Hiccup cure: exhale all the air from your lungs, inhale as slowly as possible, hold it for as long as possible, then exhale as slowly as possible.
- Rolling your head and the back of your neck will wake up limbs that have “fallen asleep.”
- Buy a world map shower curtain and you’ll soon become a geography pro!
- If your shower has a clear glass door, at night tape something you’ve been wanting to read (newspaper, philosophy article, magazine article, etc) to the outside facing in. Next morning there is more to the shower than standing in warm water slowly waking up.
- Whenever you have to sit down on a public toilet, do this first: wipe the seat with toilet paper and flush it down.
This accomplishes 3 things:
*Verifies that toilet paper is available
*Makes sure the seat is clean
*Verifies that the toilet will flush
If any stage of the commode preparation fails, remediate condition before proceeding, or abort mission.
- Set an alarm 45 min before you want to get up that is just very soft white noise. By the time your second “real” alarm goes off you’ll be awake, or at least not pulled out of deep sleep.
- One hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after.
- To avoid getting grease and crumbs all over your hands when eating chips directly out of the bag, fold the bag in on itself, making the bag shorter and covering the greasy inner-walls.
- Whenever you’re worried about forgetting to do something important, leave something glaringly out of place to trigger your memory. For example, put a coffee can right in the middle of the kitchen floor.
- Never have serious conversations in a relationship over text messages. Do it in person or at least on the phone.
- Tape or zip-tie a powerstrip to the legs of your desk so that it is upright and easily accessible. Saves you having to crawl on hands and knees to plug something in.
- Sweep crumbs off the counter into the dishwasher. Just make sure the dishes are dirty.
- Create a rainy day fund for yourself by constructing a “piggy bank” box that’s easy to put money in to, but difficult to get it out.
- In a large shopping mall, take a photo of the directory board on your phone so you don’t have to keep going back.
- Photograph menus of restaurants you pass by that seem interesting. So much easier when you’re looking for somewhere to eat.
- When you need to remember to do something, take a representative photo and set it as your smartphone wallpaper.
- Wear polarized sunglasses while driving in a downpour. Everything will look sharper and you’ll filter out light scattered by the rain drops.
- Can’t spread hard butter from the fridge? Get the cheese grater out.
- Write emails in reverse.
1st – write the body
2nd – write the subject to match what you’ve actually said in the body
3rd – add the recipients last so that you don’t accidentally send it before it’s done
- If you can’t tell if a baby is a boy or a girl ask the baby, “Whats your name?” and the parent will answer. (Doesn’t work with names like Pat.)
- When you are driving or walking somewhere new, periodically look behind you. This makes it easier to get back to where you started, since landmarks can look unfamiliar from the other side.
- Best way to eat Oreos and milk: use a fork, stick it into the cream center, then dip it in the milk. Enjoy!
- Naming the colors of the things around you (while looking at them) can help stop you from crying.
- When you’re at the bottom of your tortilla chips bag, empty them out into a bowl, cover with your favorite nachos toppings, get a fork and enjoy.
- When parking close to other cars, take a picture of the license plates of the car(s) next to you. If they happen to scratch your car when opening their doors etc, you will now know who did it.
- The easiest way to spread butter on corn on the cob is to use a slice of bread. Apply liberal amounts of butter to bread, and slide the corn over the surface of the bread.
- When speaking in public, after printing your speech, highlight each line individually in yellow highlighter ink. It’s helps your eyes track and keep your place as you’re speaking.
And finally…….a couple more just for fun…..
- When you want two seats to yourself on a long bus or train journey don’t look defensive, or place your bag on the other seat when people get on. Instead simply pat the free seat and smile directly at any passengers boarding in a slightly creepy way. Works every time. :-)
- Humming the theme to Indiana Jones while doing anything will make it seem like an adventure. :-)
If there’s a “cheat code” you’ve used in your life, share it in the comments below!