18 Household Fixes We Didn’t Think Of

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For thousands of years, our species has been guilty of giving more thought to lofty ideological conundrums than to the little everyday things. We spend more time pondering the meaning of life than trying to figure out the smartest way to tell our keys apart. We lose sleep over moral dilemmas, but we never pause to think: is there a more effective way to untie a knotted plastic bag than just yanking and cursing indiscriminately?

Now, the editors at Reader’s Digest are masters of finding extraordinary uses for ordinary things. But when the reliably hilarious peeps over at BuzzFeed took a break from curating the Internet’s cutest cat pictures and instead compiled 18 common day-to-day struggles (and ingenious ways to get through them), we were impressed. From using a hanging shoe rack for toxic supplies, to cleaning out an old sunscreen bottle and using it to store valuables at the beach—well done! Click here for the full list.

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Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

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