30 (more) Life Hacks Debunked – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 41)

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John tests another 30 “life hacks” to see if they work as promised.

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Life Hack Links:
1. Snuggie: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2013-11/enhanced/webdr06/1/14/enhanced-buzz-486-1383330661-36.jpg
2. Deodorant and Shirt: https://twitter.com/omglifehacks/status/121356263773835265
3. Plastic Bottle Amplifier: http://macleanpatrick.tumblr.com/post/57873982905/the-guys-had-this-brilliant-idea-to-fit-an-iphone
4. Cheetos and Chopsticks: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2013-10/enhanced/webdr03/18/18/enhanced-buzz-25305-1382134929-33.jpg
5. Pants Hanger Chip Sealer: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr06/2013/8/13/21/enhanced-buzz-10151-1376443079-15.jpg
6. Core Lettuce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ybO41ZJTnM
7. Applesauce Spoon: https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7770974208/h7E585B30/
8. Chocolate Chip Bag: http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/life-hacks-how-to-make-your-life-easier-39.jpg
9. Cake and Spaghetti: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/46232333648444196/
10. Eyelash Curler Bottle Opener: http://www.reddit.com/r/MakeupAddiction/comments/1mycjg/when_you_cant_find_a_bottle_opener_but_really/
11. Vodka and Sticker: http://myfixituplife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/vodka-tip.jpg
12. Ketchup Holder: http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/ketchup-holder-cup-unroll-unfold-the-rim.jpg
13. Cup Lid Coaster: http://www.lifehacker.co.in/photo/22081364.cms
14. Water Plant: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr01/2013/8/22/16/enhanced-buzz-20094-1377204396-24.jpg
15. Candle Craft: https://twitter.com/LifeHacks/status/403359577783029760
16. DIY Paint: https://twitter.com/LifeHacks/status/398545087988129792
17. Staple Remover and Key Ring: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr05/2013/8/13/21/enhanced-buzz-6729-1376442100-12.jpg
18. Paperclip and Grapes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pMWLu7pxU
19. Chopstick and Grapes: http://www.refinedguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/11.-pit-cherries-with-a-chopstick-awesome-food-hacks.jpg
20. Tennis Ball Jar Opener: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr02/2013/8/22/17/enhanced-buzz-18941-1377205362-24.jpg
21. CD Spindle Bagel Holder: http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/life-hacks-how-to-make-your-life-easier-16.jpg
22. Sandwich Prep: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr06/2013/8/13/20/enhanced-buzz-5628-1376441210-7.jpg
23. Scissor Pizza Cutter: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/46232333648425228/
24. Cocoa and Masking Tape: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/13/2e/5b/132e5bbc13538a36d94e3742fc9316bc.jpg
25. Popcorn Bag: http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Instagram-Life-Hacks-Popcorn-Bag-Into-Bowl.jpg?b95a06
26. Frozen Envelope: https://twitter.com/omglifehacks/status/117723789982310400
27. Soda Box: http://i.imgur.com/pFgbWNT.gif
28. Cereal and Colander: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr01/2013/8/22/16/enhanced-buzz-19249-1377204725-4.jpg
29. Cookbook on Pants Hanger: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr05/2013/8/22/17/enhanced-buzz-25291-1377205708-5.jpg
30. Blister Pack and Can Opener: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr05/2013/8/13/20/enhanced-buzz-8347-1376441600-5.jpg

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38 thoughts on “30 (more) Life Hacks Debunked – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 41)

  1. Brass Tack September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    To core lettuce like that : Do it standing, and slam the lettuce or cabbage down on a hard, heavy surface that does not move, like the kitchen counter. It works best if the stem has not been trimmed flush with the base of the head – which is commonly done by green grocers to improve appearance as the head ages and the stem discolours. When this is the case, remove outer leaves until the stem sticks out slightly. Also, the technique only works on TIGHT fresh crisp heads of lettuce or cabbage. Don't expect it to work on older heads of lettuce that have loosened with age or dehydration. This is an old restaurant technique, and I'm sure there are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how it's done.

  2. Alisha Ricketts September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Use a cup it will amplify sound I have tried it….speaker must face down in the cup

  3. cornishphilosopher September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Humty Dumty may be a cannon from Colchester

  4. Liz Blue September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Steam iron the Mental Floss logo to the candle body

  5. Louis Bradburn September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I watch these and I feel a little surprised that he can actually type to make a living.

  6. AmandaFindlay17 September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    coring a head of lettuce by slamming it works!! I DO IT ALL THE TIME!!!!

  7. Lilly Lynne September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    John green you mean so much to me your books are so amazing and I never liked to read before I read your books it's so amazing and meaningful

  8. Peachy Keen September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Nickelodeon slime, if i remember correctly, was just vanilla pudding dyed green.

  9. tonton ton September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    man you're the one who failed! give them a little effort and do it right before you debunk it..ksk2x

  10. Eleanor Green September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The applesauce life hack was created by hungry elementary school students.

  11. sugarcone September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    That bagel one blew my mind.

  12. goose121 September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    8:58 Pure cereal on which one can put WATER! I still can't believe you like that better!

  13. Andreas Quinones September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You did the lettuce wrong. I have used this thousands of times.

  14. Kevin Hallare September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I automatically saw that Frank Kozik Goon Squad vinyl mini bust at the back and I am SO happy

  15. Julia.reads.books September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    So, the lifehack about cutting open the popcorn bag reminded me of a time I was at a family friends BBQ and someone had cut open bags of chips like that, and me and a 7 year old child were looking at it and she said "Adults do silly things. Well, except for you"

  16. lovelyleochen September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Spooning the apple sauce with the lid… EW! So many germs!
    The cake spaghetti one – my grandma always does it with toothpicks, they're much shorter

  17. Cassandra Halverson September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Every restaurant I worked at used that method to core iceberg lettuce. Even as an 85 pound 17 year old I could core lettuce by slamming it on the counter.

  18. Adam Stock September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    'this machine kills fascist's' ….. what a muppet …. nvm the rest of the video

  19. Cattermelon September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    my 4th grade teacher did the life hack for #7 for me and i was like: O.o

  20. Raymundo Preciado September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I'm a little disappointed about the lack of burning stuff this time, but good video

  21. jared maricich September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The lettuce one always made me mad because I've dont it before and it works

  22. Charles Jumper September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Humpty Dumpty was a huge British cannon.

  23. Motley Stew September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    What a waste of vodka.

  24. Laura K September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    #6 works if you don't smash it like the Hulk. Lol.

  25. Misty Mathis September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I've done the lettuce hack since before there were hacks. Not sure what happen with him but it does work

  26. Bekah Sp September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    love these vids

  27. Zach Cottrill September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The top side of the to go soda pop lid from a fast food restaurant is what you are supposed to use, not the underside of it that faces your drink when used properly.

  28. Zach Cottrill September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Number 7. Spoon from the applesauce lid, i have done that many times.

  29. Stacy Smith September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You didn't slam the lettuce correctly. I learned this at Wendy's back in '93 trust me, if you palm the top of the head and slam down it will work EXCELLENTLY 7 out of 10 times and decently the other 3 out 10. The way you did it I don't think will ever yield success.

  30. Clownpiece September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You say we're past the over 21 part and then test a life hack that requires vodka. Nice job, John.

  31. Matthew Cutler September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The lettuce hack works fine on iceberg lettuce.

  32. Jojo Love September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The lettuce hack works I'm a chef and I've cored many heads of lettuce.

  33. Yaboi BC September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Omg a clip can clip things! Life hack! Omg sifter can sift things! Life hack!

  34. Vercalos al'Corlin September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    When it comes to removing stickers, I find hand sanitizer is the most effective.

  35. Julia Lidia September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Haha i always used to make homemade play dough as a kid- probably did that

  36. Jenna Fazzone September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Aww RIP Princess Leia❤

  37. Concrete Concrete September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    He was wrong about the picture and the candle.I have done it. You take a picture put wax paper over it and slowly use the hair dryer on hot and the wax paper will melt to the candle with the picture on it.

  38. TheNukedNacho September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    So many of these shoot down HouseholdHacker's Lifehacks. Awesome.

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