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51 Life Hacks That Are So Simple, You'll Kick Yourself For Not Knowing Them!


Truth be told - much of what we know or do (other than iPhone hacks) has been passed down from generation to generation. Everything from how to light a fire to how to turn up a canoe or something seemingly useless like how to run away from a dog - we know these because people before us (the sort who hunted, gathered and did other things with their lives than tweet) have told us this. The tragedy was these hacks weren't all in the same place - till right now. The New York Public Library recently digitised its 'How To Do It' cards collection - and inside are gems and life hacks that have outlived your grandparents and mine. 
The collection was originally made by a British cigarette brand Gallaher's which started inserting stiffening cards in cigarette packs to make them sturdier. These cards then became so popular that the brand started an entire 'How To Do It' Series which went on to become a collectible. Here's our pick of the list:

1. How to bandage a foot

How To Bandage A Foot
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How To Bandage a foot

2. How to fix loose shoes

How To Fix Lose Shoes
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Loose Shoes
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3. How to increase your lung power!

How To Increase Lung Power
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How To Increase Lung Power
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4. How to judge the weather

How To Judge The Weather
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How To Judge The Weather
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5. How to keep the saucepan lid raised

How To Keep Saucepan Lids Raised
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How To Keep Saucepan Lid Raised
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6. How to light a fire without wood

How To Light A Fire Without Wood
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How To Light A Fire Without Wood

7. How to secure a nut 

How To Make Nuts Secure
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How To Make Nuts Secure
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8. How to mend a broken plate

How To Mend A Plate
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How To Mend A Plate
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9. How to prevent glasses from steaming up
Glasses Steaming Up
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Glasses Steaming Up

10. How to swat that annoying fly!

Swat That Fly
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How To Swat That Fly

11. How to treat an animal bite

How To Treat An Animal Bite
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How To Treat An Animal Bite
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12. How to extract a splinter 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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13. How to light a match in the wind 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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14. How to tell the points of a compass with a watch 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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15. How to treat sprains 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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16. How to make a fire extinguisher 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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17. How to carry a heavy jug 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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18. A hint when boiling potatoes 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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19. How to kill a tree stump 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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20. How to make corks fit 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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21. How to pull out long nails 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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22. How to measure with coins 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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23. How to detect escaping gas 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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24. How to cool wine without ice 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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25. How to boil cracked eggs 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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26. How to preserve valuable vases 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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27. How to remove sea stains from brown shoes 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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28. How to make a simple gate latch 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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29. How to clean an oil painting 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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30. How to test butter 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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31. How to draw a circle without a compass 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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32. How to clean real lace 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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33. How to revive cut flowers 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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34. How to judge the freshness of a lobster 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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35. How to make water fountains for chicks 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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36. How to treat squeaky boots

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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37. How to adjust a door 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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38. How to cut a loaf of bread into slices 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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39. How to remove a glass stopper from a bottle 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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40. How to detect dampness in beds 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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41. How to draw an ellipse with a string 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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42. How to pick up broken glass 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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43. How to stop a runaway horse 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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44. How to clean new boots 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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45. How to remove a tight ring from a finger 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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46. How to keep a paint brush handle clean 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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47. How to take ink stains off a handkerchief 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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48. How to fit a large candle in to a small candlestick 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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49. How to clean bottles 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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50. How To Tie Every Type Of A Knot 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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51. How to separate glass tumblers 

Vintage Life Hack
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Vintage Life Hack
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Found these hacks useful? Tell us your hacks in the comments section below.

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