1. Don’t send money to someone claiming they are a friend or family member.
A close friend or family member calls you from their usual number and tells you that they are in desperate need of money. One thing you should concentrate on is their voice since it won’t be the same. They will probably try to sound very worried and give you directions on how to send them some money immediately.
After you hang up the phone, call the number for that person from your contacts and ask them directly if they actually called you. Also, call the number that the scammers phoned you from. If they managed to fake it, you will probably not be able to call them back.
2. Don’t charge your phone using public charging stations.
Also known as “juice jacking,” this scam is built by fraudsters who set up fake charging kiosks in very public places. In most of them, the receiving end of the cords is not visible, which means that they might be connected to a computer. That’s how the hackers get access to your device and even install malware. It’s very hard to tell a fake charging station from a real one and that’s why you should avoid using them altogether.
3. Use a VPN when logging into public WiFi.
Many hackers and data thieves may be lurking on public WiFi waiting to steal anyone’s private info. A VPN encrypts your data so it is unreadable when sent to a public network. You can also roam the internet anonymously, with no one tracking your browsing history. That’s why Cybersecurity Agencies advise us to cover our tracks by using a VPN whenever we need to use free public WiFi.
4. Download a password manager app to store your passwords.
The problem with most people’s passwords is that they are very common and that they re-use them on most of their accounts. Instead of writing them down on your phone’s notepad, you can download a password manager app. The app will not only generate strong passwords for you, but also store them all in an encrypted database. The only password you need to remember is the one that unlocks the database.
5. Delete your browsing history, cookies, and cache frequently.
Hackers will often use saved cookies to get access to your device without even finding your password. Cookies also store a lot of personal information like your bank details, something that a hacker can use to their advantage. Cyber-criminals can also tail you online and once they know which websites you visit, they send you phishing emails.
These emails look like they are sent from a service that you’ve been using and ask you for personal details. Many people can be tricked into giving out their details and that’s how fraudsters steal money from you. That’s why it’s vital to clean your browser frequently and never use the “remember my password” feature.
6. Only download apps from Apple or the Google Play Store.
There are so many apps out there created by unverified sources that can pose major threats to your device. The first of the threats are viruses, since an unverified app isn’t always checked by our phone’s security system. Also, many fake apps are created to look exactly like the real application and find ways to hack into your device and steal your money. The only things they will ask you for are your login details and after you’ve submitted them, they get access to your device.
7. Set up remote wipe on your phone.
If your phone ever gets stolen or lost, a remote wipe app can delete all of your data so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Not only that, but these apps can prevent thieves from recovering deleted files, while returning the phone to factory settings. However, for all that to happen the phone needs to be on and connected to a network. The process of deleting can go wrong if the phone is on airplane mode, if the thief reboots it, or if there is no connectivity.
8. Don’t leave your Bluetooth on all day long.
The most common and dangerous thing that could happen is for hackers to get access to your personal information. They can also spread malware and other viruses on your device and, therefore, shut you out. The most alarming thing is that the hacker’s device doesn’t have to be paired with your device to be able to make an attack. All devices using Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux can be affected if their Bluetooth is on at all times.
1. You might wake up with tangled hair.
When you toss and turn in your sleep, your hair is likely to get knotty. This happens because of friction that occurs when your hair rubs against the pillowcase. Not only will it cause you to wake up with messy hair, but this repeated damage may eventually weaken your strands.
2. It might give you acne.
If you have sensitive, acne prone skin it’s a good idea to keep your hair from touching you face. Styling products and conditioners that accumulate on your hair may get on your skin at night and clog your pores. This, in turn, may lead to breakouts and trigger skin irritation. In fact, people with long hair may even get acne on their back, and keeping your hair off your face while sleeping may help prevent some skin conditions.
3. It can sabotage your hair growth.
When your hair gets tangled, it means that its cuticle is raised and stays open. Damaged hair grows slowly, and if you’re dreaming of long hair and just can’t get your strands to grow past a certain point, make sure to protect it while you’re sleeping.
4. Your hair can turn frizzy.
You may be thinking you’ve tried every styling product possible to tame your frizzy hair, but something as simple as leaving your hair down while sleeping can cause your hair to lose its moisture content. Your pillow might be responsible for your frizzy hair, because the more friction it creates against your hair, the more moisture evaporates from it.
5. It may cause split ends.
Split ends aren’t just annoying, if you have lots of them throughout your hair it can make your hairstyle look unhealthy and unkempt. If you don’t tie up your hair before going to bed, all the tossing and turning at night might be doing damage to your hair, causing breakage and split ends. And unless you’re sleeping on a silk pillowcase, it won’t be easy to split up with your split ends.
6. It might affect the quality of your sleep.
Going to sleep with your hair down may not only give you crazy bedhead in the morning, but it might keep you up at night. When you’re sleeping, your hair can rub on your face and disturb your sleep. The best way to take care of your hair before calling it a night is to gently brush it and pull it into a loose braid.
Bonus: How to protect your hair while sleeping
While sleeping with a tight ponytail may be harmful to your hair, there are several easy ways to take care of your hair while you’re sleeping.
Traditional clay North African pottery is an integral part of Moroccan cuisine. Thanks to its special shape, steam gets accumulated in the upper part of the lid first before the condensation smoothly flows down. This process is repeated until the dish is completely cooked.
A topper for eggs (Germany)
Soft-boiled eggs are an inevitable part of a German breakfast. But oftentimes, eggs can’t be peeled easily and we end up getting eggshells all over the place. That’s why inventive German people use this device. It helps to neatly remove the “head” of the shell from an egg. Toppers can be of different shapes, but their function stays the same. It’s a perfect alternative to a spoon.
Moka pot (Italy)
In 1933, the Bialetti company was first to release a geyser coffee maker (Moka pot), which became the symbol of Italian coffee later on. Since that moment, such pots became a favorite kitchen gadget in many Italian kitchens.
A pan for Æbleskivers (Denmark)
Æbleskivers are round Danish doughnuts. Traditionally, they were cooked with apples or apple jam. That’s where the name, which literally means “apple slices” derives from. Today, such doughnuts are mainly made without any stuffing and are quite plain — that’s why they are normally served with jam or powdered sugar. Some people use them in main courses, which often includes a gravy to dip the fresh doughnuts into.
Pelmeni maker (Russia)
The tradition of making pelmeni (dumplings) at home with the entire family is alive and well in many Russian families. In order to speed the process up, many people use a special device. It helps make dumplings faster and in a special shape.
Chawan (countries of East Asia)
Chawan is a traditional bowl for making and drinking tea. There is a big classification of chawans, depending on their shape and the material they’re made from. The best thing about a chawan is that it feels comfortable in one’s hands and keeps the temperature of a drink for a long time.
A dolsot is a stone bowl in which the bibimbap dish is served. This dish consists of rice with meat and vegetables. The dish served in the dolsot continues to get cooked even after it’s been removed from the stove. That’s why it’s necessary to put it on a coaster, as not to ruin the table.
Bamboo steamer (China)
Many Chinese families use bamboo steamers every day together with a frying pan. It is environmentally friendly, doesn’t burn food, and the food can be served right in it, leaving you with fewer dishes to wash. Isn’t that great?
Armudu (Azerbaijan and Turkey)
Armudu has several advantages over regular cups. Due to its pear-like shape, it doesn’t burn the hands because the upper part of the glass doesn’t heat up much. Also, the lower part doesn’t cool down fast and keeps the tea hot for the entire drinking experience. These glasses are used in Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Raclette maker (Switzerland)
Raclette is the name of both the national dish and the included cheese, which is the main ingredient in it. The cheese should be melted and eaten together with vegetables or meat. Raclette is often cooked at ski resorts where they put cheese heads near grilles. In order to cook this dish at home, Swiss people use special raclette makers for homes.
Paella is a national Spanish dish made from rice and seafood. The pan on which this dish is cooked is called a “paellera.” It’s not deep but has a large diameter, which means it can fit a lot of paella, allowing you to make enough for the entire family.
Pasta machine (Italy)
Italians are big fans of pasta. In order to cook it in home conditions, they use special pasta machines. Sometimes they’re even inherited. A Reddit user named Nyarfy, for example, got his machine from his father who was a chef.
Thali is a big tray where rice is placed in the center and many other small bowls with different gravies, snacks, and dishes are placed around it. The dish itself is also called “thali.”
Calabash (South America)
There’s hardly any kitchen in Argentina, Chile, or any other South American country that doesn’t have a calabash — a special bowl for making mate tea. Mate is a tonic drink that is incredibly popular in this region. It’s brewed in calabash, which goes together with a tube called a bombilla. The side of the tube that is immersed into the bowl has a sieve filter. If not for the bombilla, it would be extremely uncomfortable to drink mate because the tea leaves are very small and would get into the drinker’s mouth.
Hoya: chocolate and butterscotch
Also called a wax plant or porcelain flower, hoya has a nice, sweet smell to it. For example, many people find that Hoya carnosa smells like chocolate or vanilla, and Hoya kentiana’s smell reminds them of butterscotch. It’s not hard to care for: the plant is even suitable for beginners. Make sure to keep the soil moist and avoid direct sunlight on the leaves.
Scented-leaved geranium: lemon
These plants emit varying smells when you touch them. And the variety of their fragrances is really impressive: scented-leaved geraniums can smell like lemons, chocolate, roses, ginger, and more. They require a lot of sunlight and moist soil to thrive.
Jasmine: a sweet scent
In addition to their beautiful star-like white flowers, this plant has a lovely sweet fragrance to it, which is especially noticeable during the night. Jasmine grows faster when exposed to sunlight, so take it outside from time to time during the summer and keep it next to a south-facing window. Additionally, keep the soil moist but not wet.
Cuban oregano: a minty scent
Cuban oregano, which is also sometimes called Mexican mint, is neither oregano nor mint. This is a lovely plant with velvety leaves that you can enjoy not only for its nice minty fragrance, but you can also use it fresh or dried for cooking. Cuban oregano grows best next to a sunny window if you water it about once a week.
Gardenia: a sweet flowery scent
Gardenias, being one of the most fragrant plants with a distinct flowery scent, have a well-deserved place in the hearts of many gardeners. It has gorgeous white flowers and glossy green leaves, however, it can be tricky to care for. Among the many conditions they require are moderate humidity, rather cool temperatures, and a lot of light.
Lavender: a floral scent with spicy notes
Even though this isn’t a very common houseplant, growing lavender at home can bring you a lot of benefits. Its violet flowers look gorgeous, and the smell it gives your house is hard not to appreciate.
Additionally, the plant is often used in aromatherapy and can help you reduce stress. Even though taking care of it might bring some of that stress right back to you (it needs a lot of light and just the right amount of water), it’s still worth the effort.
1. Keep your skin moisturized at all times.
If you want to get a natural and beautiful look, even when wearing some makeup, Bobbi Brown suggests that you start by really discovering what the needs of your facial skin are. Do you suffer from dull skin? Is it dry or oily? Do you have combination skin? Her advice is to keep your skin moisturized at all times with a cream that’s specially made for your skin type. In addition, she always stresses the importance of taking care of yourself from the inside as well, not just from the outside. To get well-moisturized skin, you’ll also have to drink plenty of water.
2. Choose a foundation that is similar to your skin tone (face and body).
You might think of this as a fairly obvious tip, but still, a little reminder won’t hurt anyone. Sometimes, some people might choose a color that’s not the right color for their skin. When you do that, the foundation layer is easily noticeable and sometimes even your neck looks as if it is a different shade.
Bobbi Brown says that foundation shouldn’t change the color of your skin, it should simply even it out. To make sure you’re using foundation in the right way, the first thing you should do is to stop testing it on your hand before buying it. Instead, you might as well just test it on your face directly. That way you can tell if it’s right or not. If it “disappears” or “blends” with your skin color, it’s the right one. When choosing, avoid foundations with pink pigments, because they look less natural. Try going for those with yellow pigments.
3. Do not use concealer to cover imperfections
Bobbi Brown hardly ever pulls out the word “never.” But now she wants to warn you to NEVER use your under-eye concealer to cover any imperfection on your skin. That’s because, usually, this product is lighter and instead of hiding the detail you’re trying to camouflage, this makes you highlight it. So it’s better to use a concealer that is specially created to cover imperfections on the face like spots, pimples, or redness. Don’t forget to make sure it’s appropriate for your skin tone just like she explained earlier with the foundation. Concealer should be applied right after foundation and can be diffused by simply using your fingers.
4. Apply under-eye concealer properly.
When you have very dark bags under your eyes, you can use a pink or peach-colored concealer to lighten them a bit. Then you just have to apply your usual eye concealer, which will work best if it’s made to show yellow undertones and if it’s a shade lighter than your foundation. It should cover everything that goes from the area closest to the tear duct through to the outer corner of the eye. Apply with very gentle strokes. Finally, you can finish everything off with a bit of powder, which should also have yellow undertones.
5. Let a professional shape your eyebrows instead of doing them at home.
To have well-defined eyebrows, this renowned makeup artist says it’s best to seek the attention of a professional. It’s best if the person you go to has been recommended by a friend who has eyebrows that look like what you’d want for yourself. Then, you can easily keep them well-shaped on your own by removing the hairs as they grow. Regarding the colors you can use in this area to make your face look natural, we recommend that they be the same shade as the hair, if it is black, you can opt for a dark brown. To tame unruly hairs, a clear gel could come in handy.
6. Use your index finger in place of an eyelash curler.
This is one of our favorite tricks from Bobbi Brown. She says that once you’ve applied your mascara, you should wait and let it dry out a bit. Then use your index finger to gently push them up. Hold them there for just a few moments and then let them go. Their website warns against a fairly common practice: using a curler.
7. Blend your eyeliner (also) with your fingers.
And, once again, Bobbi Brown recommends using our fingers, the best tools we have at our disposal. This time the goal is to get a smudgy eye line. Start by outlining the area near your lashes with your eyeliner, right at the top, then do the same at the bottom, but with a softer line. Now it’s time to use your fingers to smudge the line. You can try doing that several times until you get it just the way you like it.
8. Apply a blush similar in tone to your actual flushed cheeks.
This cosmetic is specially made to add a natural glow to your face. It sometimes comes in powder or sometimes in the form of a cream. However, in the case of the cream, it’s not meant to be applied as heavily as a regular cream. Bobbi Brown suggests that you ask yourself what the color of your cheeks is when they blush. This is the shade of blush that can help you achieve a natural look for everyday use. For special occasions or galas, you can choose a brighter shade.
9. You can use your cream blush on your eyes and lips.
We think one of the makeup artist’s favorite products is a cream blush. You can also use the cream blush that you applied on your cheeks on your upper eyelids and lips, with light strokes (yes, also with your fingers). This way you will achieve that natural look you are looking for, without having to think about how to combine all the shades of your makeup.
10. Use a lipstick in a shade you can apply without a mirror
According to Bobbi Brown, at all times we should carry lipstick in a shade that doesn’t require a mirror to be applied easily. Too bad we’ll have to skip the rouge this time around, but that’s okay because the makeup artist has a good tip to share with us.
When applying lipstick that doesn’t require a mirror, start by painting the lower lip. Then simply press the lips together and with your finger (again) finish covering the upper lip. If you don’t have any lipstick on hand and you still want to add a little color to your lips, you can gently bite them. This is a good trick that can work for spontaneous selfies.
11. Watch your diet to keep your skin looking healthy naturally.
Bobbi Brown shares many beauty and makeup tips on all the different social media accounts that she has and in her books as well. But besides talking about foundations, concealers, and lipsticks, she never fails to mention that diet is maybe the most important thing if you want your skin to look great. Make sure to stay away from processed foods, excess salt, sugar and white flour, and soft drinks. These are just some of her recommendations.
12. Be confident and just be yourself.
We’d like to wrap up this compilation with a very valuable tip from Bobbi Brown that might seem obvious, but that’s why it’s the most important one. She believes that beauty comes from the confidence you have in yourself, from feeling good in your own skin.
One of the chapters of her book Beauty From the Inside Out (2017), is entirely dedicated to talking about this. She thinks that confident people not only look more attractive but also feel unstoppable. There’s a simple way to achieve this. Next time you stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself, stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, be happy to be who you are, because you’re unique. Focus more on what you like about yourself rather than on what you think of as flaws. We believe that with that attitude, any makeup will look beautiful on you.
1. Persian shield
Strobilanthes Dyeriana, also known as Persian shield, is a very low-maintenance plant, rarely has issues with pests and diseases, and thanks to its color it will definitely make your home look livelier. The plant is also not toxic.
Light: It needs full sun to partial shade.
Water: Keep the soil moist and water when the top couple of inches of soil are dry. It droops when it’s thirsty.
The Kalanchoe is as pretty as it is easy to care for. In fact, it can thrive both indoors and outdoors with very little attention. The plant, also known as the Katy flower, has 125 different species. It’s worth noting that it can be toxic to cats and dogs.
Light: It needs full sun to partial shade, but can also grow in bright indirect lighting.
Water: Water it sparingly and let it dry between waterings.
3. Peace lily
The Peace lily is a very popular plant to grow indoors, it’s very low-maintenance, and it also filters out toxins from the air. It can be toxic to dogs and cats.
Light: The plant, unlike others, can thrive in low-light areas.
Water: Don’t overwater. Once a week is plenty for this plant. Water it even less during the winter.
4. Phalaenopsis orchid
The Phalaenopsis orchid, also known as the Moth orchid, is one of the easiest types of orchids to grow. In fact, they’re often called “the beginner orchid” due to how easy they are to care for. They’re not toxic to pets.
Light: It fares best in bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate medium, indirect light as well.
Water: It should be watered every 1-2 weeks. Water it more often if the plant is in brighter light and less often in lower light.
The Crown-of-thorns plant is another great indoor plant because it adapts well to room temperatures and dry environments, and it can forgive the occasional missed watering as well. It can be poisonous to people and animals if ingested. Make sure to wear gloves when working with it.
Light: It fares best in room temperatures, but it could survive in temperatures as low as 50°F (10°C) and as high as 90°F (32°C).
Water: Water the plant by flooding the pot with water. Make sure to drain the excess and empty the saucer under the pot so that the roots don’t sit in water.
6. Christmas cactus
The Christmas cactus is another colorful and very easy plant to take care of — even the laziest of gardeners won’t have problems. It’s popular during the winter, because that’s when it flowers, which means it can also make for a nice Christmas gift. The plant is not toxic to people and animals.
Light: Bright, indirect light works best for these plants, but they can fare quite well in lower light as well.
Water: Water it when the first inch of soil is dry.
7. Tradescantia zebrina
Tradescantia zebrina, also known as Inchplant, is a popular succulent that is also quite easy to take care of. It’s not just low-maintenance, but also resilient, so even if you’re very new at this, you shouldn’t have problems with this plant. The Inchplant can be toxic.
Light: It thrives in partial shade, but it can do just as well in sunny areas, as long as its soil is kept moist.
Water: You should water it moderately while it’s growing, and less so during the winter.
Begonias are some of the most popular plants, as there are many types with different colors. That does not mean that they’re hard to care for though. Begonias have a succulent stem, which serves as its very own water storage for the drier periods of the year. They can be toxic to pets.
Light: They thrive best in bright, indirect light.
Water: They should be watered sparingly, so the soil is kept moist, but not wet.
9. Parodia magnifica
Parodia Magnifica, also known as Ball cactus, is another low-maintenance plant that will spruce up your home. It a very resilient plant, and won’t take too much of your time, because it actually thrives on neglect. It is not a toxic plant.
Light: It requires a good amount of sun, so make sure it gets it.
Water: Only water when their soil is dry to the touch.
Bromeliads are also a very easy plant to care for, and their colors will most definitely add vibrant color to your home. There are 2,877 species of Bromeliads, but the care guidelines are the same for all of them. They are not toxic.
Light: For the most part, Bromeliads do well in bright, indirect light spaces.
Water: They can withstand drought, but are less tolerant to overwatering. Water only when the first couple of inches of soil are dry.
1. Use dollar bills or printer paper to measure your waist.
Tape the dollar bills or printer paper around your waist and do a quick math equation. All dollar bills are 6.14 inches long, so multiply the number of bills you used by 6.14 inches. For example, if 4 dollar bills fit around your waist then multiple 4 by 6.14 inches and you will get 24.36 inches.
If you use A4 printer paper, then this time multiply the number of pieces of paper you use by 8.5 inches (if you use the short side) or 11 inches (if you use the long side).
2. Buy clothes according to their style and silhouette.
This can help you get flattering and well-fitting clothes without trying them on. This is mainly because clothes that are form-fitting, like jackets, depend on many exact measurements. Instead, go for styles like A-line and flare dresses that only need waist and bust measurements. To be extra safe, a flared skirt only needs a waist measurement because it doesn’t hug the hips.
You can quickly check your closet to see what style you wear most often and in which sizes. This will then be the silhouette that’ll be most safe for you to buy online.
3. Find out your inseam measurement.
Knowing your inseam is useful for buying pants online because you’ll know how long your leg is from your crotch to the end of the pant leg opening. You can figure it out by getting someone to measure your inside leg from the top of your crotch to the base of your ankle bone. Make sure that you’re standing straight and that your feet are hip-width apart.
4. Find your natural waistline.
Everyone’s waist height is different, so to know where to find yours you should bend to one side and find your waist’s natural crease. Measuring from the point where your crease is will give you your waist size. Make sure that you don’t tighten the measuring tape too much by leaving it a bit loose.
5. Know your girth measurement.
Finding out your lower torso girth measurement is especially handy for leotards and custom-made pants. Tie a string around your waistline before passing the tape measure between your legs from the front to the back. Make sure that you are holding the tape measure in line with your waistline. Pinch the tape at the front and take note of the measurement — this is your half girth, also known as your rise.
To measure your full girth then do the same but this time measure from back to front, starting from your waistline. It can be useful to get someone to help you with this part.
6. Know your bust size.
Measure under your pits and around the fullest part of your bust. It is important to keep the tape measure snug and don’t tighten it too much. You’ll know when you are holding the tape too tight when your bust is popping out over the tape. A tight measurement will mean a tight garment.
7. Know your hip size.
This is a very common measurement that we need for many of our clothes, and when we get it wrong it can be disastrous. Your hips are likely to be midway between your crotch and your belly button. To measure this yourself you’ll need to record the fullest part of your hips and rear. Just make sure that your feet are together and that you leave the measuring tape fairly loose so your dress size doesn’t end up being too small.
8. Make notes of brands and designers you’ve bought before.
It can be a good idea to keep notes about the retailers you have shopped with, your sizes, and how well they fit you. This means that when you find a brand, a style, or a cut that is perfect for you you’ll be able to find it again easily. Once you know the specific brand’s cut and fit, you can ditch label sizes.
For example, if your bust is fuller than your hips and rear then you can draw attention elsewhere using the cut. A V-neck dress or a halter top can slim your figure and is flattering for fuller busts.
9. Always check the store’s sizing charts.
We have all had that moment when we measure as a Large in one store, but an Extra Large in another. All stores have different sizes for Small, Medium, Large etc., so it is crucial to check their sizing chart before buying anything. Once you know all of your measurements you won’t have to question whether the Large is big enough for you.
10. Read customer reviews about the store’s sizing.
Even if the store has its own sizing chart, you may still find that they are misleading and actually incorrect. Always check the reviews for sizing issues to prevent any annoying size mistakes. It is also advised to check the reviews when shopping online to make sure that it’s not a scam or a waste of time.
11. Measure yourself in unpadded clothes.
When taking your own measurements, it is important that you are wearing the appropriate undergarments. If you record your sizes wearing jeans or a padded bra, then you can easily get measurements that are one or 2 sizes bigger than your actual dress size. For this reason, you should wear minimal material to get the most accurate measurements.
12. Find a local seamstress or tailor.
If, in the end, you do find that your order doesn’t fit perfectly then track down your local seamstress or tailor. They will be able to perfectly customize your fit and turn any piece of clothing you buy online into a head-turner. Once you have your own measurements you can take them to your seamstress or tailor to be accurately fixed, and then pick them up a few days later.
“This item in our kitchen, we’re not quite sure what it is.”
Answer: It’s a pastry cutter.
“We found these in our family silver set. It’s a full dining set, but we weren’t sure what these 2 pieces were used for.”
Answer: The first item is a perforated serving spoon for peas. The other one is a stilton scoop.
“What is this spur on the back of my pizza slicer?”
“I found it in the basement of a German house that was built shortly before World War II.”
Answer: It’s a mortar and pestle.
“What is this tiny saucepan thing my husband inherited? It has a removable thing with holes around the edges.”
Answer: This is a device for cooking eggs. You put water in the bottom and an egg on top. It essentially poaches the egg.
Stainless steel flatware with slats about the size of a teaspoon. The back says “stainless steel Japan” but no other markings.
Answer: “They’re for buttering corn in the cob. We had them when I was a kid.”
“It was titled at auction as ‘sewing bag’ but it’s completely padded inside and I have no idea what it’s for.”
Answer: It’s a tea cozy. The generic tea cozy is more hat-shaped than suitcase-shaped.
“I found these 2 weird items in my old stuff a few days back.”
Answer: The one on the left is a fork for pickled cucumbers, you can pick up a cucumber in a jar with it, and put it on a plate. The one on the right is a trough for cutting cabbage, meat, or mushrooms.
“It looks like a large faucet filter. I can’t remember where it came from.”
Answer: It’s an inside filter for a kettle or a coffee machine spout.
“I found this thing buried in the backyard.”
Answer: “It’s a waffle iron. My grandmother had one identical to this and she used to make waffles in a pot-bellied stove for me and my brother when we were little kids.”
This long rod with a non-sticky base and a detachable middle was donated to the thrift store.
Answer: It’s used to cool drinks. Put the metal in the freezer to make it cold then when you place the whole thing in a bottle, it will chill the drink while the rubber part plugs the bottle.
“What’s this thing?”
Answer: It’s a jar opener. You can remove a jar lid without damaging it and use it again.
“Our opinions are split. What is it — an uncut fork or an unbent spoon?”
Answer: It’s a spatula for mustard.
Bonus 1: “It was a gift but I don’t want to ask what it is.”
Answer: This is a propagation vase.
Bonus 2: “I found these 2 spoons attached to a wooden handle at the thrift store.”
Answer: It’s a musical instrument literally called “spoons.”
Bonus 3: A mystery piece of Limoges china. It’s too big to be a cup for a boiled egg. What is it?
This is still unsolved. One answer said, “You put half orange/grapefruit and eat with spoon.” An eBay listing also validates this idea. That said, the OP thought it was too small for these fruits, adding: “We tried that too, but too small for grapefruit or orange.”
1. Don’t post about your whereabouts on social media.
We all share parts of our lives on social media, but posting about your location can be very dangerous. Burglars who have you on their radar are probably monitoring your posts. That’s why you should refrain from disclosing the location when posting a picture or letting others know about any upcoming trips. Also, don’t share your daily routine online since burglars will have a clear picture of when to break in.
2. Leave your radio on while you’re away from home.
Most burglars will knock on the door or ring the doorbell before they decide to break into a house. If they hear absolutely no sound, they will decide to break in. If, however, they hear a TV or music coming from inside the house, they will probably walk away, thinking that someone is home. That’s why leaving a radio on while you’re away might be a good idea.
If you’re away on vacation, you can buy a smart plug and turn your radio on and off remotely. Mornings and early afternoons are the most popular times that thieves choose to do their break-ins.
3. Park your car in your driveway.
If you plan on leaving for a few days or even weeks, your empty driveway might serve as an open invitation to burglars. You should consider asking your neighbors to park their cars in your driveway if possible. You can also ask a family member to stop by your house every other day or so and check on your property.
4. Shred confidential papers you don’t need anymore.
Identity theft might sound like something that would only happen in a movie, but it’s very much present in real life. Documents showing your financial information, personal details, and even junk mail can be targeted by thieves. That’s why you should dispose of any documents you don’t need anymore. And if you do need them, you should put them away in a safe spot where burglars will have trouble finding them.
5. Add security film to your windows.
Window security film is a thin, transparent plastic that protects your windows from break-ins and indiscreet people. Their job is to add strength to your windows and, in case a burglar tries to break in, they make their job a lot harder. Usually, they’re transparent, but they do offer privacy options that secure your home from wannabe intruders. So, if a burglar is trying to see if your home is empty or not, they will only see the design of your security film.
6. Create a decoy by putting some valuables in an obvious place.
Sometimes burglars don’t get discouraged by an alarm or security cameras. They will break in as fast as they can and grab anything they find before the police are tipped off. And since they don’t have a lot of time, they will head toward the most common hiding places, like a bedside table or a closet. That being said, take a box and put some fake money, jewelry, and meaningless papers in it, and let them think that they stole things of value.
7. Buy a TV simulator.
Whether you’re away on vacation or are out for just a few hours, a fake TV can provide you with protection from potential burglars. There are many models with built-in sensors and timers so you can program them to operate whenever you wish. They have the ability to simulate the color changes of a real television. Luckily, they consume less power than a conventional TV, so you don’t need to worry about the electricity bill.
8. Hang your house number on a big plaque.
Burglars usually choose houses whose addresses aren’t easy to find. That’s why it’s useful to hang your house number on a big plaque on your front wall and on your mailbox as well. In case of an emergency, the police will identify your property much easier. Therefore, the possibility of catching the burglars red-handed is more likely.
9. Get a panic button.
Imagine if an intruder were to come into your home while you were inside, hiding in your bedroom. Having a panic button near you will notify the police or any other safety measures you have taken. The alarm button can be loud, like most alarms, but it can also be completely silent. The latter will help a lot with catching the thief rather than sending them away after hearing the loud noise of an alarm.
10. Don’t post a picture of your keys on social media.
Sometimes people show their keys online without even realizing it, and it’s something that can potentially put them in danger. More specifically, someone who follows your every move can make a copy of your keys just from a photo. The only thing they need is an app that scans a key, creates a duplicate, and then sends it to their home.
11. Get acquainted with your neighbors.
In small and tight communities, burglaries seem to be quite uncommon. This is because everyone is familiar with each other and they care about everyone’s wellbeing. Even if you’re away, your neighbor will keep an eye out for suspicious people that might be lurking outside your home. So, if you were thinking about making that casserole, now is as good a time as any.
12. Place a glass of beads behind your door.
Whether you’re away or inside your home, you can put a glass full of beads right behind your front door. If someone enters your house, they will most likely spread the beads all over the place. They will surely try and pick them all up, but they will probably miss some of them. So, if you know the exact number, you will know that someone violated your personal space.
This is also a great alternative to an alarm for when you are inside your home. If you hear the beads falling on the floor, you will be notified that a potential burglar has just broken into your home.
1. Your eyes are puffy.
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the main triggers of water retention. Puffy eyes appear due to prolonged periods of staying in a horizontal position. So, sleeping in is not that harmless after all. Yoga is thought to be the best solution. Asanas apply pressure to the head and boost circulation. Once you start incorporating some movement into your daily routine, puffy eyes are not a problem anymore.
2. You are constipated.
Exercise is important for regular bowel movements. If you spend most of your time seated, it takes more time for food to move through your large intestine. Consequently, the amount of water your body absorbs from your stool is limited, which brings about constipation. Moving regularly improves the efficiency of your digestive tract. Even a simple 5-minute stretches several times a day can prevent constipation.
3. You are forgetful.
If you often feel like another thought has just slipped your mind, you might want to consider moving a bit. One study found that people who lead sedentary lifestyles show structural changes in the brain in the area of the medial temporal lobe. This lobe is responsible for our ability to memorize things. Physical exercise has been shown to boost memory. It’s no surprise that your brain structure grows as you get more fit.
4. Your knees hurt.
Movement is the secret to loosening up tight joints. Exercising can alleviate arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms, especially low-impact aerobic exercises. Patients with chronic knee pain are advised to undergo an exercise program. By working out regularly, your muscles strengthen and become more flexible.
5. You get sugar cravings.
Physical activity combats sugar cravings perfectly. It boosts your energy and releases endorphins, which encourage general happiness. The happy hormones, in turn, reduce sugar cravings significantly. Getting enough movement during the day keeps depression away. So, no depression or bad mood, no need to gorge on ice cream!