In honor of April Fools' Day, life hack creators have spent years disguising sadistic tricks as useful advice
The world of Internet life hacks is equal parts bizarre and addictive.
The quick cuts, magical editing, and infomercial acting come together to suggest a version of reality where the everyday objects contain the secret potential to unlock true happiness. A handful of companies churn them out by the thousands, and–as silly as they often are–the formula is apparently so effective that they get billions of views each year on YouTube. Turn charcoal into diamonds with just some peanut butter and your microwave! Pour milk in you cola to turn it clear! Hot glue a colander to your toaster as a DIY solution to iron your shirts!
Mixed in with the rare hack that is actually useful, there are hundreds more that are fake, inconvenient, or just plain useless. But the fact that you can't really use baking soda to remove hair isn't likely to ruin anyone's day, and you should be able to clear the smell of smoke from your microwave within a few hours of realizing that your charcoal is still charcoal.
But the life hacks on this list are different. The prankster video creators in Cyprus who never buy anything they can make out of trash have taken the spirit of April Fools' day and planted some hilarious, often lethal pranks in with the rest of their life hacks. Please do not try any of these at home, unless you want to...
Burn your house down to save $10
Considering how many life hacks consist of coating things in hot glue or using hot glue to attach two random objects, this one is really the hack of all life hacks–the hack that will unlock all the others. Let's say you have a bunch of hot glue sticks, but you don't have a hot glue gun and you refuse to spend the $10 to buy one. Now you don't have to! Using just an aluminum can, some cardboard, a coil of wire, a box cutter, a rubber band, a piece of wood, and a severed electrical cord, you can make your very own hot glue gun from scratch! The fact that it won't work and will very quickly catch fire–assuming you don't electrocute yourself first–may be slightly disappointing, but the sense of pride you'll get from making something by hand will make it all worth while.
Destroy your mouth to whiten your teeth
Now that you have your very own hot glue gun made of trash, you can move on to your first hot glue hack. Are you tired of brushing your teeth like everyone else, with boring old toothpaste? Well why use paste when you can use glue? Specifically hot glue, squirted directly from your gun onto the bristles of your toothbrush and then immediately brushed all over your teeth. Will it make your teeth whiter? Based on the footage of this hack... maybe? The fact that hot glue melts between 250 and 400 degrees is beside the point. Will those temperatures destroy any flesh they touch? Absolutely. Is hot glue safe to ingest? Of course not. But her teeth do maybe kind of look whiter!
Break your neck to work out at home
Okay, so now you've gained the confidence of building something from hand, and your smile is looking brighter. You're 90% of the way to a whole new you. The only thing left is to get your body in shape. But going outside for a run is such a drag/illegal health risk. This video of soap-based hacks shows you how to get all the convenience of an in-home cardio workout without the expense of a treadmill. All you have to do is smear a bunch of dish soap all over your kitchen floor, and suspend yourself between two counter tops so your feet can slide freely over the slippery surface without you crashing to the floor...until you're ready to stop running and try to let go of the counter–at which point you will immediately fall and break your neck. To be fair, the video does dramatize this issue, followed by a disclaimer saying not to try it at home. But to be even more fair, that disclaimer comes in the middle of a video titled "31 Amazing Hacks You Should Try."
Heat your tea with a razor blade to make it poison
A particularly strange sub-genre of life hack videos involve hacks that were clearly adapted for life in prison. Whether these hacks are intended to be viewed by prisoners who are currently incarcerated or just by average citizens who want to be prepared, they provide instructions on such useful skills as how to make a tattoo kit from a pen and needle, and how to turn a toothbrush into a knife. This particular prison hack offers another opportunity for electrocution, but if you can manage to avoid that risk, you can transform a glass of cold water into a steaming glass of poison. By hooking up razor two razor blades to an electrical cord, you can pass electricity through the water until it starts to boil. While the resulting liquid may look like tea, the fact that you haven't yet added a tea bag should give you pause.
Pour beer on a stain to make your stain smell like beer
Have you ever dropped a glass of red wine on white carpet? It's exactly the kind of disaster that infomercials are made of. If you move quickly you might be able to get the stain out, but what if you don't have carpet cleaner available? Just throw some beer on it! Let it soak in for a little bit, then soak it up with a clean cloth and voila! Now your red wine stain smells like beer!
Put Peanut Butter in your hair to make your hair smell like peanut butter
So let's say you've spent all day dunking hot charcoal into peanut butter, and you still don't have any diamonds. Now you have to figure out what to do with all the peanut butter you ruined. You can't eat it anymore, but you could coat your hair in it. Why? Just cover all your hair in a thick layer of peanut butter, then spend half an hour washing it out and you will know why. Does the peanut oil have beneficial, revitalizing properties? Does it add sheen and volume and allow you to style your hair with ease? Not really. But it does leave you smelling distinctly like peanut butter. That's pretty cool.
Gas yourself with weird fumes to be healthy
Don't you hate it when your vitamins and supplements are made from chemicals? Chemicals are bad, unlike vitamins, which are definitely not chemicals. But how do you tell the good, healthy pills and capsules from the synthetic poisons disguising themselves as health products? Put a bunch of different types in the oven until some of them melt and smolder and bubble. Will that reveal which pills are synthetic? Of course not! Different supplements will respond to heat differently, which has nothing to do with their authenticity. All this fun experiment will do is fill your oven with gaseous fumes that are probably terrible for you.
Give yourself second degree burns to make two pieces of popcorn
Would you believe that you can actually pop popcorn kernels using a flat iron? It's true! Just carefully place a kernel or two between the heated plates and in no time you'll have a couple kernels of popcorn. The fact that the kernels will inevitably roll and slip off the incredibly hot plates just means that you have to keep re-positioning them with your fingers until they sit still long enough to pop. Now just keep doing that until you have a whole bowlful, or until all your fingerprints are burned off. This hack comes with the bonus that you can now get away with crimes–but you can no longer unlock your iPhone.
Give yourself third degree burns for mouthful of cotton candy
Wow, cotton candy at home? That sounds too good to be true. But it's not! All you need is some of those hard caramel candies old people like and a hand mixer. Heat the candies in a pan until they melt--and preferably just before they start to burn and give off a terrible smell--then pour the liquid over the spinning egg beater attachments of the hand mixer. Before you know it, you'll be covered in sprays of 400 degree melted sugar! What a classic prank.
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The Riverdale star announced her plans to march in an LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter protest.
In the midst of the world bursting into flames, you might've missed the news that Cole Sprouse has split from his Riverdale co-star, Lili Reinhart, after three years of dating.
Rumors of the pair's breakup have surfaced time and time again, so we're not sure what's making this time any more significant. But, nevertheless, rest assured that the possible exes are keeping busy: Sprouse, for one, was arrested while protesting in support of Black Lives Matter in Santa Monica over the weekend. Reinhart took to her Instagram story to announce that she was planning on participating in an LGBTQ+ For Black Lives Matter protest in West Hollywood. She also very casually mentioned the fact that she's bisexual.
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The global reach of the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd's death uplift the fight for racial equality in all nations.
Protests over the unlawful death of George Floyd haven't disrupted just American cities, as demonstrations all over the world have taken place this week.
In London's Hyde Park, Star Wars actor John Boyega gave an impassioned speech to the protesters. "I need you to understand how painful this sh*t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn't the case anymore, that was never the case anymore." He continued, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence," he said, referencing the infamous 1993 murder of a Black UK teen. Lawrence was just 18-years-old when he was stabbed to death by a two white men who were known to spout racist, anti-Black, rhetoric.