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Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


Cheat codes for your real life

I was just reading an interesting compilation of "cheat codes" for real life on Reddit.  I play quite a few video games, and I'm familiar with cheat codes there - you can use them to gain access to special weapons, gain super strength, open up hidden challenges, and things like that.  I've used them a few times myself.

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The list on Reddit is similar - special commands, sequences, etc. you can use in real life to gain advantages.

The full list or real life cheats is very entertaining (be warned, there is some adult language in there!) - here are a few I really liked from the list:

 #1. Stop: Stop: Play. Skip advertisements in movies and go straight to the movie.

#17. Can't find your car in a parking lot? hitting the lock button trying to get it to beep? Extend the distance of key-less entry by putting the key under your chin. The signal will resonate in your skull increasing the range dramatically. I swear to god this works, and I'm told it's safe because the radiation is non-ionizing.

#23. To peel a boiled egg, roll it around on your plate for a while until all of the eggshell is cracked evenly. Then it's easy to remove the complete shell at once. After you boil eggs immediately place them in ice cold water for a few minutes. No vinegar or salt or oil or whatever people use. Shells slip right off

#53. On flights, if you are fighting for an arm rest with a stranger. bring your arm (the one thats on the same side the arm rest you want) up to your mouth and sneeze/cough. Then place it by the armrest. The other person will move their arm. Has had 100% success rate.

There are a bunch more.  I can't vouch for whether they all work, but some of them are things I want to try (#53, for example).

Also, on #23 for peeling boiled eggs, I have my own little tricks for boiling eggs:  

  • When you are going to boil eggs, put them in the water while it is still cold and let them warm up with the water - this greatly reduces the likelihood that the shells will crack during the cooking process. (You can further reduce the chances of cracking by letting the eggs warm up for 15-30 minutes after you take them out of the fridge.
  • To make them easier to peel, add 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda (not baking powder) to the water before you boil them.  It doesn't affect the taste of the eggs at all, but it definitely makes it easier to peel the eggs - particularly if you peel them while their still warm.
  • Also, the fresher your eggs are, the easier they are to peel.

Got any real-life "cheats" of your own?