20 Life Hacks from the Past You've Never Heard Of


Times are changing, and we are too. Some things and concerns, however, remain the same for centuries. How to get rid of a splinter? What should you do if you run into a mad dog? It turns out these questions were answered for us a long time ago. Here are the 20 most useful life hacks from the past you are going to love!

How to light a match in the wind 1:29
How to make a fire extinguisher 1:57
How to fell a tree 2:31
How to light a cigarette with ice 3:02
How to check if your bed linen is damp 3:34
How to keep eggs fresh 4:10
How to water the plants when you are far away from home 4:41
How to make a water filter 5:19
How to make an ink bottle holder 5:55
How to save a person who suffered from an electric shock 6:26
How to move people who cannot swim across the water 6:54
How to blow out a brick 7:40
How to draw a circle without a compass 8:10
How to draw a pigeon not taking the pencil off the paper 8:46
How to hold pets the right way 9:39
How to stop a mad dog 10:20
How to make boiled potatoes dry and floury 11:06
How to carry a heavy jug 11:32
How to slice fresh bread 12:03
How to remove a splinter 12:35

– Here is the trick: try to cut a shape which resembles a “Christmas tree” on the match. When you light its head, the chips you got will go on fire.
– All it takes is 1 pound of salt and 0.5 pounds of ammonia. Mix them with two liters of water. Throw this mixture into the fire. There you go!
– Make two identical wedges on both sides of the tree. Pull the tree with a rope in the direction where you want it to fall.
– Put some potassium on the tip of the cigarette and touch it with a piece of ice.
– You don’t need a fridge or a special container for this according to the cards. To keep the eggs fresh for a long time, dip them in salt and put them in a dry place.
– Fill a large container with water and put it somewhere above the plants. Take a woolen rope and put one end into the container, and the second one into the pot.
– You can get the purest water from a zinc bucket with a hole at the bottom for draining. Put fine sand, coarse sand, clean and spent gravel and stones in layers on the bottom.
– Cut a snowflake shape in a square sheet of paper. Bend off the petals you get, and place the container in there.
– Put on dry gloves or take any insulated object (a piece of cloth, clothing, etc.) and pull the poor victim by his or her clothes.
– Tie one end of a solid rope to a tree. Make one scout swim across the river and attach the other end to the tree on the opposite side. Make a seat or something like that, attach it to a loop that can move freely along the rope. Using light cable scouts will safely take everyone who can’t swim to the other side of the river.
– Take a usual medium-sized plastic bag, put it on the table and put a brick on it. Place the open end of the bag in your mouth and start blowing into it.
– Take a piece of wire and twist it around a pencil on one end. Sharpen the other end of the wire to use it as the point leg of a pair of compasses. You can bend the wire and adjust the pencil to get any circle size you want.
– Take a piece of paper and a pencil and never take the pencil off that piece of paper. Keep drawing the infinity symbols as you see in the card.
– In case you were unlucky and did run into that monster, you can use “a scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat” to protect yourself, as the card suggests. Put the selected item on one end of the stick, hold it between you and the dog.
– To cook potatoes like a chef, add a pinch of sugar, not only salt when boiling. Once they are boiled, pour the water away and put the saucepan back on the stove for a short time. Shake the potatoes to make them equally dry.
– Hold the jug straight and keep your thumb inside when carrying it. This will prevent the weight from pulling the jug down, the card said.
– Put the knife in boiling water for 10-15 seconds, then take out and slowly slice the bread.
– Say goodbye to annoying splinters. Fill a small bottle with hot water almost to the brim and press it firmly against the arm. The water will slowly cool down and suck up your skin. After a while, you will be able to remove the splinter easily.

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