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16 Holiday Life Hacks - mental_floss List Show (Ep. 233)

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A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. To get the holiday season started, John tests 16 "life hacks" to see if they work as promised.

Thanks again to our sponsor, Intel, for making today's episode possible. Like a perfect life hack, the right smart technology will make your life easier. Intel® RealSense™ technologies, like gesture control, 3D camera, and immersive chat are poised to make computing easier, smarter, and more connected. http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/realsense-overview.html

1. Potato Chip Gift Wrap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE75vRV9tos
2. Keep Wrapping Paper from Unraveling: http://whatmusesme.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/wrapping-paper.jpg
3. Wrap Christmas Lights Around a Coffee Can: http://lifehacker.com/5871243/wrap-christmas-lights-around-a-coffee-can-to-keep-them-organized-and-untangled-for-next-year
4. Ping Pong Ball Lights: http://www.nationalbuildersupply.com/blog/how-to/last-minute-christmas-decor-you-can-make-at-home
5. Pick Up Broken Glass with Bread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCIuQ0ysfeY
6. Turn Wine Glasses Upside Down: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/97601516895859789/
7. Mason Jar, Salt, and Candle: http://www.beautifulfloors.com/mason-jar-magic/
8. Snow Slime: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/12/slime28.html?m=1
9. Sap and Toothpaste: http://lifehacker.com/5966988/remove-tree-sap-from-your-hands-with-toothpaste
10. Dental Floss and Cranberries: http://www.marthastewart.com/267644/garland-trick
11. Store Ornaments in Egg Cartons: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/479914904013532772/
12. Use Aluminum Foil Box for Cookie Storage: http://www.auntpeaches.com/2012/12/boxn-and-cookie-swapn.html
13. Frosting in Condiment Bottles: http://applepins.com/icing-in-condiment-bottles-for-a-cookie-decorating-party/
14. Coffee Filter for Snowflakes: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr01/2012/12/12/15/enhanced-buzz-15861-1355344246-12.jpg
15. Bread tab for tape: http://lifehacker.com/use-a-bread-tab-to-hold-your-place-on-a-tape-roll-1189969081
16. Rudolph Party Game: http://fionacarter.typepad.com/my_ramblings/2009/12/christmas-ideas-kids-christmas-party-games-activities.html

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