Grow Your Own Pineapple and Live the Tropical Dream

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If your a fan of exotic and tropical-looking bromeliad plants, you might already know that pineapple is just another bromeliad. Granted, it’s a delicious bromeliad though. Taking the leafy crown off a store-bought pineapple is all you really need to grow your own. Just make sure to remove any fruit that might still be attached to the crown (it can cause rotting). Plant it in rich, well-drained soil and water regularly, tapering watering to weekly once the plant is established. Be patient, your first harvest is likely a couple years off.

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Why You Should Microwave Your Lemons

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Getting juice out of citrus can be hard labor. That’s especially true if you’re juicing dozens of lemons manually for some nice, refreshing lemonade. It turns out that you can coax more juice out of your lemons by nuking them. Try microwaving about a half dozen lemons for around 20 seconds to optimize your lemon juicing efforts!

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Replace Tiny and Fragile Drill Bits With a Tough Finish Nail

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Do you need to pre-drill to drive finish nails into your delicate wood project but keep breaking tiny and expensive drill bits? Use a finish nail instead for a quick and cheap pre-drilling bit that rarely ever breaks.

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Line Trash Bags with Newspaper to Prevent Leaks

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We’ve all had the unpleasant experience of taking out the trash only to discover a trail of liquid goop leaked out all over the floor. That’s especially true if you use plastic grocery bags for your trash, they seem to have holes more often than not. This simple hack involves folding up a few layers of newspaper and lining the bottom of your trash bag with it. The newspaper will happily absorb any liquid nasties that might normally find their way onto your floor (or your shoes)!

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Unpopped Popcorn Hack

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No one likes to bite into an unpopped popcorn kernel when enjoying a nice warm bowl of freshly-popped popcorn. When microwaving popcorn, you’re always walking a tight line. Cook the bag too little and you’ll be finding very few kernels actually popped. Cook too long and you’ll give your popcorn an unpleasant burnt flavor. This simple hack involves slightly separating the opening of your microwave popcorn bag (beware of the steam), and then shaking the bag over the trash to remove the unpopped kernels before serving. Enjoy!

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The Spoon Can Opener

I once was stranded on a rural highway after a freeway-closing accident with only a can of tuna to eat (and a pair of chopsticks). Luckily, I had a multi-tool with a can opener. Had I only had a spoon, then this somewhat obscure hack would have come in handy. I won’t even go into how odd I looked eating tuna from a can using chopsticks, all while stuck in a completely stationary traffic jam. Since you never know when you might find yourself without a can opener, this hack on how to open a can with a spoon could, theoretically, come in handy for someone.

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