How to remember where I put my car keys.

I do not have a powerful memory. I cannot always remember birthdays and anniversaries. I sometimes cannot even remember where I put my car keys!

To help myself remember, I went to study some memory techniques which I can apply. I was very impressed when I attended a preview of a seminar on “How to improve your memory.” The speaker was very impressive and could remember a list of 50 random words which the audience came up with. It started with the speaker asking the audience to suggest 50 words which he wrote on the white board. After finishing writing all the 50 words, he turned away from the whiteboard and then proceeded to read out all the 50 words from memory, in the order in which they were written. He could even recite the words in the reversed order. When we were asked to repeat the words we could only managed a few words and not in the order in which they were written.

The speaker then proceeded to explained that he used his imagination to remember the words and their order in which they were written. I will try to explain the method that he used to remember all the words. Suppose you want to remember five words in a particular order. Let us say that the five words are as follows:

1.            Cake
2.            Grass
3.            Airplane
4.            Mary
5.            Umbrella

The method is to image a giant cake made of grass. Just then an airplane flew into the grass cake with Mary the pilot carrying an umbrella.

So you can easily picture in your mind and remember the cake made from grass with an airplane flying through it with Mary the pilot carrying an umbrella.

Or you can remember it backwards in the following manner. The umbrella was carried by Mary who was piloting the airplane and flying through a huge mold of grass that looks like a giant cake.   

This memory technique is very good when I want to remember a list of words but I find it does not work very well, when I want to remember where I put my car keys! The reason is that I did not make an effort to remember where I put my car keys. You see, to remember something you must make an effort to remember. But if you do not make an effort to remember, you can’t remember it at all. This usually happens when I get home and I absentmindedly toss my car keys somewhere. It is somewhere, I can’t remember where. That’s when I can’t remember where I put my car keys.

So, what is the solution? What is your solution to this problem? Is it even a problem? It becomes a problem when you cannot find your car keys.

My solution to this is to put a little basket on the table, near to the door. When I get home, each time I will toss the car keys into this little basket. It is a very simple trick and it works every time. Well to be honest not every time. Sometimes, the car keys stayed in my pockets because I forgot to toss them into the little basket.  

What about remembering birthdays and anniversaries?

I use my hand phone for reminders on birthdays and anniversaries. My hand phone has a calendar application. I just click on the date in the calendar and a screen pops up where I key in the information on birthdays, anniversaries and whatever events that I want to be reminded of. It even comes with a function that makes your hand phone buzz or ring on the time when you want to be reminded of the event. Let’s say that you have a meeting on the 20th. December at 3.00 pm. You can set the reminder at 2.00 pm on the same day. So, at 2.00 pm, 20th. December, your hand phone will buzz or ring and reminds you of the meeting at 3.00 pm.                                                     

This is my method for remembering anything that is of importance to me and I hope this will help you to remember too.

Have a good day!

WHEN YOU DON’T GIVE UP YOU CANNOT FAIL!

I am going to tell you a story about Mr. Derek Redmond. He was a runner taking part in the Barcelona Olympics Games in 1992.

“Derek Anthony Redmond is now a retired British athlete. During his career, he held the British record for the 400 meters sprint, and won gold medals in the 4×400 meters relay at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. (Wikipedia).”

The story goes like this.

Derek was favored to win a medal in the 400 meters sprint in the Barcelona Olympics games. He was at the height of his career. He was injury free and he felt good about himself. When the 400 meters sprint started, he went off the blocks like a bullet and was racing along the tracks like a gazelle. Round about 150 meters into the race, the spectators saw Derek started to limp and then fell to the ground. It was clear to everyone there on that day, that Derek was in great agony and had probably suffered a torn hamstring in his heel. The other runners quickly overtook him as he struggle to get up to continue the race. It was a herculean effort on Derek’s part because he was limping and shuffling along the race track. An older man broke through the security guards and ran to Derek’s side. It’s was Derek’s father. Derek’s father told his son, “You don’t have to do this.” Derek’s replied, “Yes, I do!” Derek’s father said “Well then, we are going to finish this together.” Putting his arm on his son, they continued the race, limping and shuffling along the race track. Shortly before the finish line, Derek’s father let him go to complete the race. Derek received a standing ovation from the over 65,000 people from all the nations represented in the stadium.

The lesson we can learn from this story is that not everything that you planned, wished and practiced for, will work out the way you like it to be. Many times you will not get what you want. It is even worse when instead of getting a reward for your efforts, you receive sufferings and abuse and rejection and insults. Sometimes you get all this not from your enemies but from your friends and people who you think you can depend on to help you in your time of crisis.

But you must remember the Derek Redmond story that there is always someone who believes in you and who is concern about your well being. That person is someone who is your true friend, a fellow soldier and a soul mate.

Remember this:

“WHEN YOU DON’T GIVE UP YOU CANNOT FAIL!”

Be the champion that you are. Let your heroic inner self shine forth.
You will receive the standing ovation that you truly deserve.

I will end with this quotation from Les Brown; “You have greatness in you but greatness is a choice; it’s not your destiny. It’s a choice that you have to make every day. ‘Choose Ye this day, whom you will serve’, the mediocre part of yourself or the greatness that you were chosen for”

“Tuhao” A New Social Group in China

A new social group has emerged in China. They are referred to as the “tuhao”. The word “tuhao” is not a new word. It original meaning was a rich landowner. The word was first coined in the Song and Qing Dynasties. It referred to the villainous rich landowner and class enemy of communist China’s proletariat.

The term’s modern revival began with a joke that made its rounds on Chinese social media in early September. A young rich man asks a Zen master, “I’m wealthy but unhappy. What should I do?” The Zen master responds, “Define ‘wealthy.'” The young man answers, “I have millions in the bank and three apartments in central part of Beijing. Is that wealthy?” The Zen master silently holds out a hand, inspiring the young man to a realization: “Master, are you telling me that I should be thankful and give back?” The Zen master says, “No … “Tuhao”, can I become your friend?”

His response implies that even a Zen master, who is supposed to live a simple, non-materialistic life, is eager to be associated with the rich.

The joke explains a social phenomenon in China, where people yearn to befriend the rich in the hope of benefiting from the relationship, even though they might secretly despise them out of jealousy.

The modern definition of “ tuhao” is — tu means dirt or uncouth; hao means splendor. They seem to be everywhere, throwing around their newly minted renminbi and well-used debit cards; yet they are elusive and shun the media. Their love for bling has become the backbone of the global luxury goods industry, yet they are also the subject of disdain, the butt of jokes, and the punching bag for that which is offensive to good taste.

Although people used the word “tuhao” in a light-hearted context, it shows the desire of materialism in China. They might be hoping to become a ‘tuhao” themselves through the contacts with the “tuhao”.

A commentary in Global Times said having the right connections with “tuhao” is seen as a shortcut to success in China, where “people lose confidence in changing their fate through knowledge or personal capabilities”.

“Although not glorious and solid, it is better than struggling at the lowest end of society,” it said.
A report by the Foreign Policy echoed the same sentiment.

“Small wonder that while Chinese may resent “tuhao” and poke fun at their taste, making their acquaintance (or better yet, marrying into their families) remains a convenient and enviable way to move up China’s increasingly treacherous social ladder,” it said.

Are you having a great day?

Are you having a great day or are you having a miserable day?

In actual fact the day is neither great nor miserable by itself. We feel that the day is a great day or we feel that the day is a miserable day. It is all in our feelings about the day that make it a great day or a miserable day. Now that we know that it is our feelings that make a day great or miserable, then why do we choose to have a miserable day instead of a great day?

The answer lies in the situation and the state of mind that we are in at the moment. Suppose you have just been retrenched from your job due to the poor economic situation and your company needed to downsize. You will be worrying about finding a new job. That is how you will be feeling.

When you start to worry and fret, you will feel very miserable and you feel afraid and unsure about the future. Many questions run through your mind and when you do not have the answers to them, you will feel lost and sad. It generally true that human beings are prone to thinking negatively rather than positively. It is very common for us to consider problem solving. We seldom consider resource finding! We will always look at the negative aspect rather than seeking the positive part of life.

When a person considers the negative aspects of life he will not feel resourceful, creative, imaginative and capable. He feels that he is locked up in a cell or room with walls that limit his abilities. He cannot come up with answers and all the while endless questions are asked in his mind. If he keeps at it in this situation he will soon feel helpless, lethargic, sluggish, weary and lifeless.

If we pause here for a minute and consider the situation, we can identify that all this happens because of how we feel! It is only the feelings. It is all in our thoughts. Right?

If we feel bad and miserable, it is because we look at the situation with negative thoughts. We feel downcast, depressed, sad and unhappy because we think negatively!

The situation that we are in cannot change if we feel worry and sad. The situation can only change for the better if we decide to change ourselves. Instead of looking at the situation with fear and anxiety we should look at it with hope, confidence, positive expectations and anticipation.

In a positive mood and feelings that we create in ourselves by thinking positive thoughts and feelings, we will start to feel good about ourselves. We will become resourceful and creative. The situation does not look so bleak after all. In actual fact the situation is still the same and unchanged. It is we who have changed. We have change for the better.

The possibilities for a better future seem to be within reach and are brighter. The day seems to change from being a miserable day to become a great day. By thinking positive thoughts and being positive we have regain control over the events in our life. Isn’t this better than being miserable? So, instead of having a miserable day, have a great day!

I will end this with a quotation from Winston Churchill and a poem by English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). At the age of 12, Henley contracted tuberculosis of the bone and he had his leg amputated below the knee at age 17. Despite his disability he lived an active life and died at age 53. (Source; Wikipedia)

“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”
― Winston Churchill, The Crisis

 

Invictus [Latin for “unconquered”]

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

– William Ernest Henley –

DIFFUSION OF RESPONSIBILITY, BYSTANDER EFFECT

A worrying trend has emerged that affects all of us. This trend is often known as the “diffusion of responsibility” or “bystander effect”.

Diffusion of responsibility is defined as “a sociopsychological phenomenon whereby a person is less likely to take responsibility for action or inaction when others are present. Considered a form of attribution, the individual assumes that others either are responsible for taking action or have already done so. The phenomenon tends to occur in groups of people above a certain critical size and when responsibility is not explicitly assigned. It rarely occurs when the person is alone and diffusion increases with groups of three or more” (Reference Wikipedia)

Let us look at some case studies.

1.         In 1964 in New York, Kitty Genovese came home late from work parked her car 100m away from her front door and was instantly pounced on by someone who stabbed her. Hearing her cry for help, some neighbours heard the disturbance and looked out of their windows. Frightened away by the attention, her attacker fled. Genovese staggered into the doorway of her apartment and collapsed. However her attacker returned 10 minutes later, searched the area, found the barely conscious girl, sexually assaulted her, robbed her and then finished her off with more slashes of his knife. It was believe that about 30 people witness parts of the attack but nothing was done to save her from her attacker.

2.         In October, 2009, in Richmond, a city on the northeast side of the San Francisco Bay in California, U.S., a fifteen year old student was gang raped by a group of young males in a courtyard on the school campus. At the same time a homecoming dance was being held in the gymnasium. It was believed that more than 20 witnesses were aware of the attack, but no one notified police for more than two hours.

3.         In October, 2011 in China, Wang Yue, a two year old toddler was ran over by two vehicles on a narrow road in Foshan, Guangdong. The entire event was captured on CCTV footage which showed approximately 18 people walked by Wang Yue as she lay bleeding on the street. After approximately seven minutes a female rubbish collector came by and stopped to help and carried her to the side of the street. Wang Yue was rushed to hospital, but, she succumbed to her serious injuries a few days later.

4.         In October 2012 in Malaysia, at about 6 a.m., a 60 year old lady was walking along a road near to a motorcycle park of an apartment building. A snatch thief rode by and snatched the bag she was carrying. She was drag along for a few meters and she fell on the road and fractured her skull. CCTV footage of the event showed a few people walking by and ignored her as she lay bleeding from her head wound. More than six minutes later, a passer-by came to her aid and called for help. She was rushed to hospital but she succumbed to her injuries about nine hours later.

Why do people not help when someone is in distress?

Most people fear getting involved might bring some trouble on oneself. Gangsters and oppressors may be carrying some weapons and may turn their weapons on the person who is trying to help the victim. The thought of getting hurt puts them off helping the victims.

In some countries helping someone in distress may in turn be targets of massive lawsuits. In some instances, dragging someone out of a burning car may cause more injuries to the victim. This may be a cause for a lawsuit.

This is a case that was reported in China:

“On Nov 20, 2006, an old woman fell to the ground and broke her leg after jostling at a bus stop in Nanjing, an eastern China city. A young man, Peng Yu, helped her up and escorted her to hospital. Later the woman and her family dragged the man to court, which ruled that the young man should pay 40 percent of the medical costs. The court said the decision was reached by reasoning. The verdict said that “according to common sense”, it was highly possible that the defendant had bumped into the old woman, given that he was the first person to get off the bus when the old woman was pushed down in front of the bus door and, “according to what one would normally do in this case”, Peng would have left soon after sending the woman to the hospital instead of staying there for the surgical check.”

This trend has actively discouraged people there from helping their neighbours; some places have enacted a Good Samaritan Law that protects people who are trying to help from the parties that punish their good deeds.

Example of Good Samaritan Act in Canada:

An example of a typical Canadian law is provided here, from Ontario’s Good Samaritan Act, 2001, section 2:

Protection from liability 2. (1) Despite the rules of common law, a person described in subsection (2) who voluntarily and without reasonable expectation of compensation or reward provides the services described in that subsection is not liable for damages that result from the person’s negligence in acting or failing to act while providing the services, unless it is established that the damages were caused by the gross negligence of the person.“

When do people help?

People will help when they feel that are involved in the situation. For example, if there is an accident along a stretch of road that is causing a traffic jam. In this case the people who are affected will work together to clear the road to allow traffic to go through.

A person who belongs to St, John Ambulance or Red Cross or Red Crescent Society will be more willing to offer help. This is also true for people who are involved in medical or care giving groups.

People are more ready to help their friends or associated. In the case of small towns, people who lived in small towns are more willing to offer assistance than those who live in the crowded cities. Maybe in the cities there are more stress and too many things are happening and this cause people to keep to themselves and not be distracted by the things that are happening around them.

What should we do then?

As a responsible person we should offer help to others when they are in a distress situation. We could offer assistance in a practical way.

We can do the following:

1.         We can assist by calling 911 or the police when we see a robbery in progress. We should be prepared to give complete information as to the location, the time, the number of persons involved and what is happening.

2.         Take photographs of the event and sent them to the relevant authorities. Pictures can be used to identify the perpetrators and victims of the crime committed.

3.         We can always raise the alarm when we see the offense being committed. In cases of fire in the neighbourhood, raising the alarm will help prevent losses to properties and lives.

There are other actions which you can take to assist in a distress situation. You must bear in mind your own safety and the safety of others when you offer help and assistance.

Conclusion.

I do hope that I have brought some attention to the topic of “diffusion of responsibility” or “bystander effect” to my readers. I hope that we as members of a society will not grow tired of assisting our fellowmen when they are in distress. Let us continue to evolve as human beings with fear of God and love for our fellowmen. It would be a sad day if we ever come to the stage where we are not able to render assistance to our fellowmen who are in distress out of fear of negative repercussions to our actions. We should continue to live with hope and respect for all mankind.

Learn to say “NO”.

I can think about all the things I could have done if I did not agree to run petty errands for my friends when they requested me to do so. Many times I could have said “No” but I did not do so. This led me to thinking about why people agree to do something when in reality they should not agree to do it.  By agreeing to do what the other person asked, they have to delay or even did not get to do what they really want to do.

I can think of the following reasons why most people cannot say “No”:

People like to be appreciated. If we agree to do something for the other person we think that the other person will appreciate us better. If we disagree to the request we feel that it will probably make the other person disappointed. Bu agreeing to the request, we feel that the other person will appreciate us better because we have done something for them.

However, we prefer to think that this feeling is mutual without realizing that the other person may not appreciate us as much as we think. Thus when we ask for a favor in return and the other person did not agreed to return the favor, we feel hurt and unappreciated!

Sometimes the requester could be a person in authority. This is especially true in the work environment. There are many cases of people who cannot seem to finish their work at the end of the day. They spend a lot of time in the office. This could be due to them accepting additional work even when they have a lot of work to do and deadlines to meet.  They cannot seem to be able to manage their time and work schedule. Most of the time they cannot say “No” to their bosses or supervisors.

Some people are “people pleasers”. These people believe that saying “No” can cost a lot to them.  It is very unfortunate that they lack the confidence to say “No”.  They can be very talented people but not being able to say “No” can be a hindrance to their careers and personal development.

If you are a victim of always saying “Yes” when you have always wanted to say “No” then I have a few suggestions for you and I included.

We must practice to say “No” in an affirmative way.

We must remember that it is all right to say “No” to any request that we do not like. It is all right. That is nothing wrong with it. More often than naught, it is ourselves that we are trying to please. We have to put ourselves first. We have to say “Yes” to ourselves first before we can say “No”. The decision is entirely up to us.

When someone makes a request, we can ask to time to consider the request. We can say, “I will think it over.” During that time we can consider that the decision to agree or not is entirely up to us. It is OK to say “No”.

You can look the requester in the eye and shake your head and say “No”. However this needs some practice.

Practice saying “No” as the first word in your sentence. It is easier for you to keep your commitment to say “No” if the first word in the sentence is “No”. The requester might just say “OK” as the requester may not deem it as important anyway.

Here is a real incident that happened a while ago. I hear this from my good friend.

A neighbor wanted to borrow his old van for the evening. My friend is in the landscaping business and he used his van to transport his tools and plants in the course of his work. When my friend asked why he wanted to borrow the van. The neighbor answered that he wanted to transport his garbage to the garbage dump and he did want to use his own car for the purpose.

It is time to take stock and free ourselves from taking on assignments and tasks that we do not really want.  It is time to say “NO” to things that are not important and to say “YES” to things that are really important to us.

If you are like me, I hope that you can tell me something about yourself and how you deal with this problem of not being able to say “No”.

 

Bananas – They are good for you!

Where do bananas come from?

Banana Tree

Banana Tree

Bananas are the fruits of the banana trees. Banana trees are commonly grown in the tropics. In Malaysia we can find bananas in most grocery shops, markets and also fruits stores.

There are many types of bananas in Malaysia. Currently, the Cavendish bananas are the most popular type of bananas offered for sale.

Here is a picture of the Cavendish bananas.

Cavendish

Cavendish

Another type of bananas that you can commonly find in Malaysia is the  “Pisang Emas” which is its name in Bahasa Melayu and can be translated as “Golden Banana” in English.

Pisang Emas

Pisang Emas

Bananas are available all year round in Malaysia.  Bananas are so common that we have overlooked its properties and benefits to us.

Bananas are said to be a fruit for the athletics.

They are a great source of potassium, a mineral involved in proper muscle contraction. Insufficient potassium is one of the main causes of fatigue, in the muscle. Bananas are great for athletic and fitness activities because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise. Potassium is essential for proper muscle contraction. This is important because it helps regulate the normal rhythmic pumping of the heart, digestion, muscular movements, etc., some studies have linked low potassium levels in the body may result in high blood pressure and increased risk of stroke.

Beneficial to kidneys and bones.

The benefits to the kidneys and the bones are again due to the high potassium content of bananas. A normal intake of potassium suppresses calcium excretion in the urine and minimizes the risk of kidney stones. Potassium in bananas minimizes the loss of calcium from the body and thereby reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Alleviate PMS symptoms.

Bananas are also helpful in reliving common PMS symptoms like cramps, bloating and mood swings. Bananas have a great combination of A1, C, B6 and B12 vitamins.

Do bananas make you fat?

The minerals and sugar content in bananas will help to provide a source of energy for the strenuous activity. People worry a lot about the carbohydrates (especially the sugar part) in bananas. A small banana only contains about 100 calories, which is not much more than a medium apple. Nor should it raise your blood glucose level too high.

An average ripe banana has a glycemic index of 52 and 24 grams of available carbohydrate resulting in a glycemic load of 12. An apple having a glycemic index of 38 and 15 grams of available carbohydrate has a glycemic load of 6 … Although an apple may be a little better choice for a snack, eating a banana is not all that bad either because foods with glycemic loads in the low teens and below are the ones that should be selected as part of a balanced diet. (source:USDA.gov)

Anaemic?

Bananas are also good for your blood as they contain iron, which is good for those suffering from anaemia. Bananas contain one of the highest sources of naturally available vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential in producing antibodies which maintain a healthy immune response to infection. Vitamin B6 helps our body converts tryptophan to serotonin, and also helps the body to produce haemoglobin which is a crucial part of our blood. It aids in the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose. This process is essential for maintenance of proper blood sugar levels.

Bad mood?

Eating bananas can put some people into a better mood! The high vitamins B contents in the banana help calm the nervous system. Bananas also contain tryptophan which help the body to produce serotonin which has a calming effect on the brain. This creates a state of calmness in our minds. Furthermore vitamins B6 and B12 which is found in bananas can help to alleviate depressive symptoms.

Do you want a hangover cure?

Try making a banana milkshake. The recipe is as follows:

Take one medium size banana, a glass of milk and a tablespoon of honey. Blend it in the blender. Add ice if you need to, otherwise you can take it as it is.

It is effective because the milk will soothe your stomach and rehydrates your system. It will also prevent heart burn because of the natural antacid effect on the stomach. The sugar in the banana replenishes the sugar in the blood and the minerals and vitamins in the banana put back into the body what was excreted.

Diet and bowel movements.

It is a common fact among Malaysian that bananas are known to help in bowel movements for those who suffer from constipation.  One medium sized banana contains approximately 12 per cent of the daily recommended fibre intake and only 105 calories. Bananas contain pectin, a soluble polysaccharide which helps in digestion and normalize the digestive tract.

How to store bananas?

Bananas should be store in a cool dry place. It will help the bananas to ripen slowly. Banana will turn brown and black when it is overripe.

Instructions: How to keep bananas from turning brown.

Tie a string around the comb of the banana and hang them up. This will help to prevent bruising the banana and cause it to turn brown.

Bananas Display in Store

Bananas Display in Store

Place your bananas into a bowl. Squeeze an entire lemon over the peels just one time. The acid in the lemons will prevent the oxygen from turning the peels black for several days.

Banana Basket

Wrap the bananas tightly in plastic wrap and/or aluminium foil. Place the bananas in the freezer and thaw each one out when you’re ready to eat it.

What Causes Bananas to Ripen?

Bananas are green in colour when they are unripe. They will begin to turn yellow as they begin to ripen. A ripe banana is when it is yellow in colour and some brown spot can be seen on the skin. That is the right time to eat the banana. After that, the skin becomes a rich yellow and then it turns brown and eventually black.

The ripening process is also dependent on the ambient temperature. The warmer the temperature, the faster the banana will ripen.

This is caused by an enzyme in the banana called polyphenol oxidase. This enzyme reacts with the oxygen in the air and turns the skin of the banana yellow and then brown and then black. It is sort of like a rusting process. This enzyme is also found in apples, potatoes and pears, water melons and many other types of fruits.

Of course you can treat the skin of the banana with lemon juice which can counteract the oxidizing process and delay the browning of the skin of the banana.

A bruised banana will oxidize faster than one that is not bruised.

Another enzyme that makes bananas sweet is called amylase. Amylase breaks down the starch in the banana fruit its smaller sugar components, called glucose, which makes the banana tastes sweet.

The enzyme that softens the banana is called pectinase. Pectinase breaks down the cell walls in the banana fruit so that it is less firm. The peel of the banana also becomes softer as it ripens.

Eat more local fruits.

So, I hope you will look at the humble banana with a set of different eyes. Local bananas are good to eat and in fact are very nutritious. Don’t just eat apples, pears, apricots and other temperate fruits.

Our bananas are just as good or even better for you. Remember we are exporting our bananas to many other countries too!

They love bananas!

Banana Bunch

Helpful Hints!

My wonderful friend YH Lim send me these helpful hints.

I hope you enjoy them as I do!

Subject: I never thought of that!

 

Use a (clean) dustpan to fill a container that doesn’t fit in the sink 
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Place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on, and keep paint off the side of the can 

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Use a staple remover to save your fingernails when trying to add things to your key ring! 
 
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Put wooden spoon across boiling pot of water to keep from boiling over.

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Use bread clips to save flip-flops with split holes.

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How to put shoes in the dryer

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Use sunglasses or a small convex mirror to avoid people sneaking up on you while wearing headphones at work
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How to keep the straw from rising out of your soda can 
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Use a microfiber cloth to prevent frost from forming on the windshield.
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Use a Comb to Keep a Nail Steady for Hammering
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Use a post it note to catch drilling debris.
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“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…  They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” 
~ Thomas Jefferson