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12 Hacks to Wipe Your Daily Struggles Once and for All

#Lifehack is one of the most popular hashtags on social media, and videos related to this topic can register up to millions of views. It’s no surprise that people are always looking for ways to make their lives easier. With the everyday hassles and endless to-do lists, techniques that help us save time and resources do come in handy. Plus, they give us a sense of independence when we are able…

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12 Hacks to Wipe Your Daily Struggles Once and for All

#Lifehack is one of the most popular hashtags on social media, and videos related to this topic can register up to millions of views. It’s no surprise that people are always looking for ways to make their lives easier. With the everyday hassles and endless to-do lists, techniques that help us save time and resources do come in handy. Plus, they give us a sense of independence when we are able to fix problems by ourselves.

We at Bright Side love sharing hacks that could make our lives better, so we’ve rounded up 12 tips and tricks for you guys to try.

1. Use dryer sheets to repel insects.

Dryer sheets have the ability to fend off pests, according to one experiment. In the test, gnats (or the family of insects that include flies and mosquitos) were released in two chambers. One had moist media and the other one had a dryer sheet. The results showed that 45 percent of the gnats collected at the end came from the chamber with the moist media, while only 18 percent came from the compartment with the sheet.

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Apart from helping you enjoy a mosquito-free slumber, dryer sheets also have multiple uses outside the laundry room. These include taming flyaway hair, freshening up shoes, fighting garbage odor and cleaning scorched stains from your cookware.

2. Draw on your thumbs to sew a straight line.

Small and quick sewing fixes can be done by hand, but it may be hard to achieve a perfectly straight threaded pattern. Fortunately, one Twitter user shared a pretty smart hack that could make your stitches look better. Simply draw two lines on your thumb. You can use the outer one to align with the edge of the cloth, and the inner one as a marker for where the thread should line up.

3. Avoid wasting food by making notes on the freezer.

With the help of an erasable marker, you can make a checklist on the door of the freezer, and indicate which food are stored inside and how much of it is in there. You can also write the date when they were placed in cold storage. This method can help you avoid wasting food because you won’t end up buying redundant stock, and the visible expiry date can guide you in your consumption.

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4. Improve access to items inside the fridge with the help of a Lazy Susan.

When we fill up the fridge, older items get pushed all the way into the back, and they get lost in the abyss until we unearth them again (usually after a very long time.) Sometimes, it can also be a hassle to take out everything in the front just so we can reach that ketchup bottle in the far corner.

One culinary expert divulged the perfect solution to this dilemma — a Lazy Susan. Not only does it help you organize ingredients and food, it also allows you to have easy access to all the products. And it’s easy to clean, too.

5. Use a peeler for uniform cheese slices.

For queso lovers, you can try “slicing” your block of cheese with a vegetable peeler instead of a knife. It will help save you time, and it delivers thin, uniform pieces that would look perfect for that charcuterie grazing board. There’s no special tricks needed, you just peel it like how you would normally take out potato skin, as shown in this video.

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6. Beat that stubborn silicon rubber band with a sewing tool.

As one Reddit user puts it, “These tiny bands are great for fine hair, but taking them out is a hassle.” The seam ripper, which is a tool used to cut and remove stitches, can save you from the pain caused by strands getting pulled out of your head. Just slip the hook carefully under the rubber band, and cut it up to free your hair.

7. Use a remote control car for hard-to-reach places.

When this person needed to spread an Ethernet cable across a drop ceiling, instead of taking out a ceiling tile every now and then to reach the cable and pull it across, this guy used a remote control car to do the job. “I just routed the cable through the chassis and secured the body with body clips. No tape, no zip ties.” The wire was successfully pulled across, and zero effort was made to remove ceiling panels — that’s a win-win in our book.

8. Put tape around the nail cutter to avoid flying “debris.”

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The tape prevents the projectile nails from flying away and scattering on the floor. This will make cleaning up easier, since the sticky part will already catch most of the clipped nails.

9. Boost your cellphone sound with a mug or glass cup.

Sometimes, the cellphone’s built-in speakers are not loud enough, especially if you are in an area with a lot of background noise. But instead of buying Bluetooth speakers, you can simply put the phone inside an empty glass or porcelain cup. This will cause the sound waves to bounce around and get amplified. Now you can listen to music or podcasts at a better volume.

Here are some additional tips for this DIY speaker hack:

  • Avoid plastic cups, because they do not work as well as glass or porcelain.
  • Make sure the phone is resting comfortably inside and that it is not forced in.
  • The part where the phone’s speakers are should be on the bottom part of the cup.
  • Try different cup shapes and sizes, sometimes they can affect the sound intensity.

10. Unclog your shower head by submerging it in vinegar.

Shower heads, when not regularly cleaned, can accumulate grime, minerals and bacteria. Instead of disassembling it and cleaning the inside parts manually, a quick fix is to fill up half a plastic bag with vinegar, and then wrap it around the shower head.

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Make sure the head is completely submerged, and hold the plastic in place by tying it with a rubber band. Leave it for about an hour, and let the vinegar dissolve the stuff that built up inside. When the time is up, remove the bag, scrub the head with a brush to clear leftover dirt, and leave the shower running with hot water for a few minutes or until it is completely rinsed.

11. Use nail polish to fix a broken screen door or window.

These screens help block insects or airborne debris, and a small tear can defeat its purpose. But before you take out that wallet to purchase an entirely new one, if it’s just a minor rip, consider sealing it with a clear nail polish. The coating can act as an adhesive for small holes, and its clear color will make it unnoticeable. You can watch this video to see how it’s done.

12. Save on the water bill by putting rocks inside your toilet tank.

Before throwing out used plastic bottles, try this hack that allows you to save up to 10 gallons of water per day. Fill the container with pebbles or rocks and water, then place it inside the tank. Make sure that it is not touching any working parts of the toilet.

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This trick will make your tank fill up with less water, which means less aqua wasted when flushing as well. Not only will you save money, you will be helping the environment too.

What interesting hack have you tried and proven to be effective? Do you have other tips and tricks that you can share with us?

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How long do Valorant’s Acts last? Answered

Image via Riot Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before…

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Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before an Act ends if you want to reap all of its rewards. But how long do Acts last?

How long are Valorant’s Acts?

Valorant’s Acts tend to last around two months each, give or take a few weeks. Looking at Valorant’s past Acts, most have typically ended roughly two months after launch, with some clocking in at just under two months. Additionally, some Acts — such as Ignition Act 3 — have lasted for about three months, so there’s always a possibility that an Act might be a bit longer than expected.

Related: All Valorant Episode 5 Act 1 Battle Pass content: skins, tiers, and rewards

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Like most other popular online games, you will not be able to redeem battle pass rewards for a particular Act after the Act ends. If you’re considering purchasing Valorant’s battle pass, it’s always worth checking how long an Act has been out to evaluate if you’ll have enough time to unlock the current Act’s rewards before it comes to an end. However, other content introduced in an Act, like agents and maps, will carry over into the next Act.

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You’ll work through battle pass tiers by leveling up. If you’re looking to level up quickly, we recommend you pay close attention to your daily and weekly missions, which both reward you with a good deal of XP.

Some of the cosmetics you’ll unlock from an Act’s battle pass can be quite stylish. If you’re looking to flaunt your fashion on the battlefield, check out our coverage on the best Operator and Spectre skins.

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Man gets early morning shock as car crashes into his house

GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am. “I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used…

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Man gets early morning shock as car crashes into his house

GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am.

“I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used as a welding workshop,” said 52-year-old Hasbullah Mohd Khalid.

News portal Berita Harian Online reported that Hasbullah was boiling water while his three children were in another room when the incident happened.

“I was confused for a moment when I saw the damage to the front of the house as it was just a few meters from the place where I was boiling water. It was only separated by a wooden wall,” he said to the portal.

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Hasbullah said the damage to his house was estimated at RM50,000.

He did not have time to meet the man who was driving the vehicle because he was taken away by his friend.

It is understood that the case has been handed over to the police for further action.

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Norway terror alert raised after deadly mass shooting

OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo. Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.” He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings,…

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OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo.

Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.”

He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings, had a “long history of violence and threats.”

Early on Saturday (June 25), the gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival.

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Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

While the motive was unclear, organizers of Oslo Pride cancelled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.

Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations.

“Our overall assessment is that there are grounds to believe that he wanted to cause grave fear in the population,” Hatlo said.

Hatlo said the suspect’s mental health was also being investigated.

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“We need to go through his medical history, if he has any. It’s not something that we’re aware of now,” he said.

The shootings happened around 1am local time, sending panicked revellers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK.

“First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”

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Another witness, Marcus Nybakken, 46, said he was alerted to the incident by a commotion in the area.

“When I walked into Cesar’s bar there were a lot of people starting to run and there was a lot of screaming. I thought it was a fight out there, so I pulled out. But then I heard that it was a shooting and that there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Nybakken told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

Police inspector Tore Soldal said two of the shooting victims died and 10 people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them was believed to be life-threatening.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that “the shooting outside London Pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”

He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.

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“We all stand by you,” Gahr Stoere wrote.

King Harald V also offered condolences and said he and Norway’s royal family were “horrified by the night’s shooting tragedy.”

“We sympathize with all relatives and affected and send warm thoughts to all who are now scared, restless and in grief,” the Norwegian monarch said in a statement.

“We must stand together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other. We must continue to stand up for all people to feel safe.”

Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until he was told it was safe to come out.

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“Many were fearing for their lives,” he said.

“On our way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.

Investigators said the suspect was known to police, as well as to Norway’s security police, but not for any major violent crimes. His criminal record included a narcotics offence and a weapons offense for carrying a knife, Hatlo said.

Hatlo said police seized two weapons after the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon, both of which he described as “not modern” without giving details.

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He said the suspect had not made any statement to the police and was in contact with a defence lawyer.

Hatlo said it was too early to say whether the gunman specifically targeted members of the LGBTQ community.

“We have to look closer at that, we don’t know yet,” he said.

Still, police advised organizers of the Pride festival to cancel the parade Saturday.

“Oslo Pride therefore urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade to not show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are cancelled,” organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event.

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Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of FRI, the Norwegian organisation for sexual and gender diversity, said the shooting has shaken the Nordic country’s gay community.

“It’s tough for the queer movement to experience this,” he was quoted by TV2 as saying.

“We encourage everyone to stand together, take care of each other. We’ll be back later, proud, visible but right now it’s not the time for that.”

Norway has a relatively low crime rate but has experienced violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a gunman killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his stepsister and then opened fire in a mosque but was overpowered before anyone there was injured. – AP

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