20 unexpected uses of everyday things that people have shared and helped others
Usually, this or that thing has a purpose, and it was created for a specific purpose. A spoon is needed in order to eat soup or porridge, we cut something with scissors, and season our dishes with salt. But all these and many other products can be used not only for their intended purpose. The Reddit user with the nickname Secondhandsisters apparently thought about it and went to Reddit to ask people, "What alternative uses for everyday things do you know?" and people responded by giving a lot of helpful advice to those around them.
How to cut a pizza if you don't have a knife at hand
"Scissors make a great pizza knife."
Affordable Hand Cleanser
"Add salt to liquid hand soap to get rid of the gasoline odor."
Advice for parents of toddlers
“I carry a garlic press in my purse. So when I go to a restaurant, I can make a small amount of baby food from any steamed vegetables. "
How to stop bleeding with the available means
"Cornstarch is a good clotting agent that will help stop bleeding."
Approx. Ed .: it is necessary to sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch on the wound, being careful not to rub it into the cut. When the blood stops flowing, wash off the starch with running water.
Diverse Uses of Coffee Grounds
“Coffee grounds are quite versatile. You can use it for:
☆ Soil fertilization;
☆ Neutralization of odors in the refrigerator;
☆ Cleaning pots and pans;
☆ Scaring off ants;
☆ Exfoliate your skin. "
When there is no shaving cream
“You can use your hair conditioner as a shaving cream. I buy the cheapest conditioner and use it exclusively for shaving. I only shave my legs and armpits with it, but I know others have successfully used it to shave their face and head. ”
Purpose"Buy the cheapest vodka and pour it into a spray bottle to use as a glass cleaner, mirrors, and bathroom mold."
Vinegar is amazing!
"Vinegar can be used as a cheap household cleaner to freshen up the coffee maker, treat fungus on the feet, and relieve itching."
Not just for making coffee
“If you have a French press for coffee, you can also whip milk in it. Pour in hot milk and raise and lower the plunger until the milk is about doubled in volume. "
Peroxide - friend and helper
"Hydrogen peroxide removes blood stains."
Approx. Ed .: Apply hydrogen peroxide to a cotton swab and press it to the place of contamination. Under the influence of oxygen, peroxide releases active oxygen molecules - they lighten the blood pigment.
Helpful Hint for Home Hair Coloring
“If you color your hair at home, apply a thick layer of Vaseline to the skin around the hairline, ears and neck. If paint accidentally gets on the skin, it can be easily wiped off. "
Wipes that remove more than just make-up Make-up
"remover wipes are really good at removing grease from the bike chain."
In case you have a loupe lying around at home
“Jewelry loupe can be used as a macro lens for a mobile phone”.
Do not crowd, there will be enough interesting things for everyone! Who ordered a cat that has two "Eyes of Sauron" at once? What about a white moth with a chicken on its back? And this is just the tip of the iceberg, because we have prepared for you a lot of interesting photos with stories that will tell you about something that you have not seen yet. Some people are constantly striving to learn something new, while others are keen to share their experiences. Fortunately, there is a thread on Reddit that caters to the needs of both. We hope you are also from inquisitive minds who are eager to learn something new and interesting.
Make a coffee, sit back, we're getting started!
This piece of foam floated in the ocean for so long it looked like a stone.
"This tree that I met in Tokyo has grown over a fence and it looks like it put its elbows on it to lean back and relax."
"A friend of mine found a green stem growing out of a shell. It was a grain of popcorn."
"I just finished this puzzle that has no picture."
"It rained at night and washed away all my child's chalk drawings, except for the one under the sheet."
"The disappearing stain on my thumb looks like the development of a deadly virus."
Beets with a flawless heart shape
"The alarm clock at this hotel has three displays so you can see the time while lying on any bed in the room."
"I just landed in Berlin and the plane lights are colored."
Traffic light showing how long you have to wait
"Alien DJ on my coffee cup"
"Green bread with the addition of pandanus leaves is sold in Malaysia"
Perfectly trimmed tree in Seville, Spain
"Found a set of round playing cards"
"My grandparents measure time on the dial with one week instead of 24 hours."
Clear hot sauce
"My friend looks like a giant"
A cat with two "Eyes of Sauron"
A boat that has a part for underwater views
Single egg tray
"Bumped into a Danish door leading to a field"
Someone crocheted a cover for this tree
Butterfly with transparent wings
This is a building that looks like a huge open cardboard box.
Fleet of delivery robots at work
The leaves of this tree grow in such a way that it feels like it was blurred in Photoshop.
White moth with a picture of a chicken on the back
"The color of my red pen is exactly the same shade as the margins in the notebook."
Babies sleep on the street in the courtyard of a hospital to strengthen the immune system, Moscow, USSR, 1958
Raindrops only cling to the colored areas of this poster.
National Geographic's door handles are shaped like the brand's logo
"My oatmeal became smooth and egg-shaped after I ran to work."
There is a miniature copy of it near this temple so that blind people can get acquainted with its architecture.
Pizza box opening from the center
Smoke from the fire painted the cobweb black
"Gradient colors on eggs that I collected from my chickens"
The photographs on the walls of this pub curve along with the walls
These chairs have a recess so you can hang your bag
"My coffee with milk came out the same color as my mug."
"This cactus has been growing from the metal roof of my friends for 4 years now."
Tiny seashell in sea salt
It says "Closed"
Funny patterns on ventilation grilles in new Swedish trains
A bench and a table made of rails. Vandalism level: 100
Toilet paper that helps you learn English
Stone before and after polishing
This is what bags of potato chips look like in a store located at an altitude of 2250 meters.
Here's what $ 1 million looks like in 10 dollar bills.
Plain 2D graffiti, but it looks like it's three-dimensional
From the inside, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is hollow
Wolves can be very large
At a time when there were still no clocks, people used candles with marks, each of which marked 1 hour. If it was necessary to set an alarm, then people simply stuck nails into the candle and put it on a metal surface.
Another alternative to the alarm clock was special people who were paid to spit frozen peas at windows to wake people up for work.
How much Shanghai (China) has changed in just 20 years
Jupiter and Saturn's Northern Lights compared to Earth
These two photos are exactly the same - they were taken from the same angle, they have the same crop and contain the same pixels, but the second one looks different
There is a truck on the left in this photo.
Inside the fire alarm is the usual small toggle switch.
Many would like to be part of the British royal family. The attention of the whole world, many servants, jewelry, palaces and other joys of aristocrats - isn't it a fairy tale? However, everyone forgets that being in the public eye of millions of people and constantly maintaining a brand can be incredibly difficult. The life of royals is subject to regulations and is filled with sometimes really strange requirements that they must certainly fulfill.
The British royal family is called one of the main attractions of Great Britain. The British are proud of their monarchy. They celebrate the Queen's Birthday along with other holidays. They follow with interest the relationship in the royal family. But not all Englishmen know about the origin of the dynasty, about the real names of its members and about other interesting facts.
The name of the ruling dynasty in Great Britain is Windsor. But until 1917 it was called Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which indicates its connection with the German rulers. During World War I, King George V decided to change the name of the dynasty in order to give up the German titles. He chose the surname Windsor after Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences. This surname became official to all members of the royal family. And after the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten, the surname began to sound Mountbatten-Windsor.
Interestingly, none of the members of the royal family is required to use the surname. And when they go to school, serve or work, they can take a different surname. For example, Princes William and Harry were known in the army as Wales. And the two grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth from Princess Anne have their father's surname - Phillips.
Bemorepanda collected some more interesting facts about the royal family.
1. Princess Diana was supposed to play the main role in the 2nd part of "The Bodyguard" with Kevin Costner. A kissing scene was planned, but the film itself never came out due to the tragic death of Lady Dee in 1997 in a car accident in Paris. In the story, a romantic relationship between the protagonists begins when a bodyguard is tasked with protecting the princess from the paparazzi.
2. On their travels, Elizabeth II and her son Charles are accompanied by a doctor of the British Royal Navy, who must have a supply of their blood with him. This measure is necessary for an emergency transfusion in case of an emergency.
3. Shellfish, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, and garlic are banned in Buckingham Palace, as sea creatures are allergenic and garlic has an unpleasant odor. However, this rule is now adhered to only by the queen.
4. Six ravens (and one spare) must always dwell in the Tower of London. According to one of the versions, this rule is observed, since the prediction of the royal court astrologer-monk Charles II (1630-1685) says: "If the crows leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall." After the famous fire of 1666, almost all the birds were exterminated, but thanks to the prophecy of the ravens, they were left in the care of the crown. They are considered part of the royal family, they have servants and a special raven keeper who is chosen from 38 members of the Tower's ceremonial Yeomen guard ("beefeaters"). In addition, the birds are officially enlisted in the ranks of the royal army.
5. Long before becoming part of the royal family, Kate Middleton lived with her family in Amman, Jordan. The father of the future Duchess, Michael Middleton, worked as a manager for British Airways and ended up in the Middle East on duty. Then Kate was 2 years old, but she already went to kindergarten and, in addition to English, studied Arabic. The Middletons have lived in Jordan for almost 3 years.
6. During the opening of the new session of Parliament, the Queen must take a hostage - one of the Members of Parliament, who will be guarded by the staff of Buckingham Palace throughout the ceremony. This tradition appeared due to the fact that earlier monarchs and parliament, to put it mildly, did not get along. Now everything is peaceful, but no one is going to change anything.
7. Queen Elizabeth II, then 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip on 20 November 1947 in a coupon-purchased wedding dress. She deliberately did not take advantage of her opportunities, since in the post-war period the whole country was slowly getting out of the ruins.
8. The crown of Elizabeth II is nothing more than the diadem of King George IV, created in 1820 at the request of the king himself. It is set with 1,333 diamonds for a total of 320 carats (64 g), including a 4-carat yellow diamond. There are 2 strands of pearls along the base. Initially, the upper thread had 86 pearls and the lower one - 94, but in 1902 the number of pearls was changed to 81 and 88.
9. To avoid embarrassment in windy weather, all the hem of the skirts of Queen Elizabeth II are weighed down by small loads
10. Initially, princes William and Harry were supposed to be called Arthur and Albert, as their father Charles wanted, but Lady Diana insisted on William and Harry, although Arthur and Albert are the middle names of the princes.
11. Queen Elizabeth II is a godmother for 30 crowned godchildren and this is not the limit.
12. Kate Middleton is a relative of George Washington.
13. At Christmas in the royal family, it is customary to give funny gifts. For example, Meghan Markle gave the Queen a toy singing hamster. But besides the fun, the royal couple - Elizabeth II and Prince Philip - must remember their duty. They send about 750 Christmas cards to heads of state, top politicians, Commonwealth leaders and family members.
14. Before and after Christmas dinner, all members of the royal family must weigh themselves. This long tradition was introduced by King Edward VII around 1900. He was very worried that someone would go away hungry after a sumptuous reception.
15. The Queen has the right to dissolve the current parliament both in Britain and in Australia and Canada.
16. Princess Diana gave her son, Prince William, an incredible 13th birthday surprise. Since the boy was in love with supermodel Cindy Crawford, she invited her to a festive tea party.
17. The most unusual titles that Elizabeth II bears are Duke of Lancanster and Duke of Normandy.
18. Pearl necklace of three strands almost always adorns the queen's neck - this is a visiting card of her style. When Elizabeth was 10 years old, she received such a necklace as a gift from her grandfather George V, and it became her favorite piece of jewelry.
A little later, Queen Mary, Elizabeth's grandmother, gave her pearl earrings. To this day, they, complete with a necklace, form part of the image of a modern monarch.
19. Since ancient times, monarchs from different countries have adopted a throne name during their time in power, which is different from that which was given to them at birth. In Britain, this tradition was also maintained. So, Queen Victoria was Princess Alexandrina before her coronation, and King George was named Albert. Elizabeth II chose not to change her name, because this is only permissible, but not mandatory for the monarch.
20. Elizabeth is often called the queen of England, but this is not true. First, she is the monarch of the entire United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and England is just a part of it.
21. Misconceptions about princesses are no less common. Lady Dee after her wedding with Prince Charles began to be called the princess. However, she was not a princess by birth, so by all the rules her title should have sounded like "Her Royal Highness Princess Charles of Wales", as strange as it may sound.
22. As for the chosen one of their eldest son William, Kate Middleton is also not a princess. She married the Duke of Cambridgeshire, and therefore her official title is Duchess of Cambridge.
23. According to official sources, different family members have their own privileges in addressing the Queen. So, the husband of Elizabeth II calls her Lilibet. The future queen called herself this name when she was very little and could not pronounce “Elizabeth”.
24. Elizabeth II is very economical and serves as an excellent example in this for her subjects. So, it is known that she always turns off the light when leaving the room, and requires this from all the inhabitants of the palace. The queen wears the same dresses for a long time.
25. Representatives of Buckingham Palace report that all of the Queen's overseas travel is in accordance with the recommendations of the British government. Therefore, most often Elizabeth visits those countries in which she needs to be present based on current state affairs.
During her 65 years on the throne, the Queen has made over 120 official visits. Most often, the queen visited Canada (27 times) and Australia (18 times).
26. Some people who were born shortly before or immediately after the New Year celebrate their birthday twice, but in general, usually a person has one birthday. But the Queen has two of them - on April 21, she was born for real, and in May or June, official celebrations are usually organized on her birthday.
27. Queen Elizabeth II currently rules Britain for the longest time in history: her term of reign is now 64 years. Queen Victoria, who ruled before her, remained on the throne for 63 years and 216 days. Nowadays, it is difficult for a person not to lose his job even for a year, let alone more than 60 years!
28. Only in 2013, Great Britain moved away from the concept of male succession, thus proclaiming that any member of the royal family, regardless of gender, can inherit the throne. You may ask: how then did Elizabeth II ascend to the throne? Elementary: her father had no sons.
29. What is the Queen's surname? I think many would like to know. But in fact, this is not so important: being on the throne, a person can take almost any surname for himself. Elizabeth II's father changed his surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor; later Windsor became Mountbatten-Windsor.
30. If you have ever seen Buckingham Palace up close, at least in a movie, you know that it is huge. It is located on an area of 77,000 square meters, it has 775 rooms and about 800 employees who keep it and the life of the royal family normal. There are cooks, maids, butlers, security guards and even watchmakers!
20 hopelessly dirty things people have washed and revealed what was hidden behind a layer of rust and dust
It is very unpleasant to look at dirty things, but sometimes your hands simply do not reach the point of cutting off a gas stove, the handles of which have long been covered with an annual layer of grease, or still take and clean a copper pan, which is already painful to look at. But the people from our article still took the time and cleared everything that had to be cleared for a long time, and now things are simply unrecognizable!
Silver polishing was successful
"When I washed this tile, I did not even think that I would see such a color."
"I cleaned my grandmother's old watch and she was very happy about it."
"This church in Detroit, Michigan hasn't been cleaned since it was built 134 years ago. I always thought it was black."
"My flatmates thought that this sink could not be washed and it would stay like this forever. But somehow I got bored in quarantine and I proved them wrong."
"I am ashamed to admit that I did not realize how dirty this swing was until my wife asked me to wash it."
"I think a lot of people dislike silverware simply because they don't know (or don't want to) clean it! Here's my silver ring holder that I bought for just $ 2 and cleaned it."
"I have been struggling with a rather severe depression for about 6 years and finally found the motivation and energy to clean. It took me 2 weeks, but the job is done, and I hope that I will not bring my apartment to such a state anymore."
"Transforming a shower stall. Perhaps this is the most difficult thing that I have ever had to launder."
"Just look at how my backyard has changed!"
"I cleaned one of the plastic chairs with a pressure washer. My wife loved it!"
If you want, you can clean almost everything
And even the most hopeless looking things
Tarnished silver bell before and after polishing
"My wife wanted me to buy a new rug, but instead I bought a pressure washer."
"For the first time in 5 years, I cleaned my backyard."
And the lamb has become snow-white again!
This is what the painting looks like during restoration
"The washers realized they were wrong at home, but at least we got a free sample."
A delight for the eyes
Throughout our lives, we often ask ourselves various questions and one of the most burning questions is: "What will happen if ...". Some do certain things to satisfy their curiosity and still answer it, while others simply become casual witnesses of amazing discoveries.
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What happens if tomato seeds sprout right inside the fruit
What happens if someone with Raynaud's syndrome is outdoors in cold weather without gloves
Here's What You See When You Cut a Golf Ball
What happens if you store garlic in a vacuum package
What will happen if you play the game "Snake" on your phone to the end
This is what happens if you drop your earphone on the beach - it will magnetise iron from the sand.
"My foot after wearing a wet boot with a hole for 10 hours."
"I accidentally left sparkling mineral water in the freezer and it happened."
This is what happens if you don't comb your hair for years.
"I accidentally forgot that I have a whole bag of grass seeds."
What happens if you forget about cream cheese for a couple of weeks
What happens to flowers after an ice storm
A pattern that lightning can leave if it strikes the sidewalk
What will you see if you remove a plant that should have been transplanted for a long time from a pot
What happens if you use the same wooden chef's spoon for over 30 years
"What the fluff roller looked like after I cleaned the blanket with it."
An interesting effect of smoke hitting a sunbeam
"I forgot about cooking sweet potatoes with marshmallows and it turned into this."
Mighty hippos, they are hippos, only seem to be such clumsy bumpkins. These massive animals have a quick temper and are very dangerous, especially if someone has the imprudence to disturb them. On the other hand, hippos do not harm anyone - they only protect themselves and their territory, which is steadily shrinking due to the expansion of human civilization.
The common hippopotamus is an artiodactyl animal that belongs to the hippopotamus family. Hippopotamuses prefer to live near freshwater reservoirs, where they spend most of their time, only occasionally leaving the water to feed. Hippos are also often called hippos, which means "river horse" in Greek. The name is very accurate, given the craving of hippos for water and the impressive dimensions of these animals.
Hippopotamuses are one of the largest land animals. The mass of an adult male often exceeds three tons; some sources claim that there were also four-ton giants. Until about ten, the group of males and females does not differ much, but males begin to gain weight much faster in adulthood. In the wild, the life expectancy of a hippopotamus rarely exceeds 40 years, and in captivity, animals can live up to 60 years with proper care.
Interesting facts about Hippos
1. In the African country of Sudan, hippos are considered evil creatures, so the locals fear them and bypass them.
2. There are pygmy hippos worldwide, which are 12-15 times inferior to their full-sized counterparts.
3. True, they still weigh about two hundred kilograms.
4. Hippos have stronger teeth than any other living creature on Earth.
5. Once upon a time, pygmy hippos were found on the Mediterranean islands, particularly in Cyprus, but they died out there long ago (see 33 interesting facts about Cyprus).
6. Hippo meat is entirely edible. Moreover, paleontologists have established that the ancestors of modern humans hunted them for meat several million years ago.
7. Although hippopotamuses spend most of their lives in the water, they only eat vegetation that grows on land but does not eat aquatic plants.
8. An enraged hippopotamus can develop tremendous speed, so even a professional athlete will not be able to escape from it.
9. The only living creature in the world that poses a threat to an adult hippo is a person.
10. The skin of hippopotamuses is unique in that it secretes a particular enzyme that helps to disinfect wounds. An excellent natural mechanism, considering that hippos often fight and inflict more or less severe injuries on each other.
11. A newborn baby hippo weighs an average of about 50 kg.
12. Hippos often ravage the fields in the countryside. In ancient Egypt, they, and not locusts, were considered the scourge of the areas.
13. In the stomach of an adult hippopotamus, up to 200 kg of digestible food can be simultaneously located.
14. The female hippo cannot become pregnant for 15-18 months after the cub's birth.
15. Some tribes in Africa make dentures from hippopotamus teeth.
16. Although hippos are fiercely protective of their offspring, they can quickly kill other people's cubs.
17. The skin of an adult hippopotamus weighs up to 500 kg, up to one-eighth of the mass of its entire body.
18. Hippos can sweat, and their sweat is reddish-pink.
19. The pupils of these animals are unique in that they are T-shaped.
20. In Africa, hippos kill more people than crocodiles.
21. even though hippos constantly eat when possible, if necessary, they can go without food for 15-20 days.
22. Hunting for hippos is officially banned in all countries, but some African tribes, leading a lifestyle close to the primitive, continue to hunt them.
23. The skin of these animals reaches 3.5-4 cm in thickness.
24. In well-fed hippos, the stomach sags so much that it can touch the ground when walking.
25. Their life expectancy can reach approximately 50 years.
26. Hippos, on occasion, do not mind eating a gaping antelope or even a crocodile.
27. Their skin is more challenging than that of any other animal. It is even more challenging than elephants.
28. An adult hippopotamus eats 50-60 kg of food per day.
29. Hippos can develop a running speed of up to 30 kilometers per hour. Accurate, from such efforts, they quickly fizzle out.
30. Older individuals often starve to death after their teeth have been completely worn down and they can no longer grind plant foods.
31. Hippos grow throughout their lives.
32. Hippos usually wait out the heat of the day in the water and go out to graze on land at night.
33. Often, during the night, they walk more than 10 kilometers in search of food.
34. Usually, females of these animals give birth to cubs on land, but sometimes they do it in the water. Why is it unknown?
35. If an adult hippopotamus opens its mouth, the distance from its upper to lower jaw can reach one and a half meters.
36. Hippos have relatively poor eyesight but excellent hearing. And in the water, they hear no worse than on land.
37. Hippos live only in freshwater.
38. If necessary, hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes while diving underwater.
39. Even adults and large crocodiles avoid attacking hippos.
40. An adult hippopotamus can weigh over 4 tons.
41. From the point of view of zoology, the closest relatives of these animals are whales.
42. Some African tribes treat the skin of hippopotamuses in such a way that it is used for polishing diamonds. But this is a long process that takes up to five or six years.
43. Currently, you can meet a wild hippopotamus only in Africa, and in recent decades their numbers have been declining. Biologists estimate that the total number of animals does not exceed 150,000, a quarter of them live in Zambia. But on the territory of South Africa, wild hippos completely disappeared several decades ago; they can only be found in the national park.
44. The main enemy of hippos is the man. Among the animals, few dare to attack this giant. Sometimes lions and crocodiles decide on this. But, even these ferocious predators do not always manage to defeat the hippopotamus, which in appearance seems lazy and clumsy. Crocodiles attack hippos in the water and lions on land.
45. A hippo's mouth can open almost 180 degrees, and its scope in adult animals reaches one and a half meters. The strength of the jaws of a hippopotamus is such that it can bite the spine of an adult crocodile.
46. With such a vast mass, the animal needs up to 50 kg—of feed per day. The main diet of the hippopotamus consists of grass. But, hippos can also eat the meat of other animals.
47. In zoos, hippos began to appear in the middle of the 19th century. The first animal was delivered to the London Zoo on May 25, 1850. The townspeople's delight knew no bounds, up to ten thousand people a day came to see such a miracle. Now hippos successfully breed in captivity, but keeping these animals is not cheap.
48. Since ancient times, people have hunted hippos for meat, skins, and bones. The heart, especially a young animal, is tasty and tastes like veal.
49. a healthy skin, up to four centimeters thick, was often used by warriors for sheathing shields, and the bone is used to make souvenirs. Given the sharp decline in the number of animals, the trade-in hippopotamus bones are limited by hard quotas.
50. When a hippopotamus goes to land, his body quickly dehydrates; therefore, in search of food, they prefer to go out at night when the heat subsides. In search of food, the hippopotamus can overcome up to ten kilometers, and with the onset of heat, they again plunge into the reservoir. Despite their impressive mass, hippos can reach speeds of up to thirty kilometers per hour over short distances.
51. For people, hippos are very dangerous. They often settle near sown fields, and in a short time, they can destroy a significant part of the crops since these animals have an excellent appetite. At this time, hippos are aggressive and can attack people passing by. In the water, animals sometimes attack passing boats. Most often, females do this, fearing for their cubs. In South Luangwa Park, located in Zambia, more than 100 people become victims of hippopotamus attacks yearly.
52. Most hippos prefer not to leave their native waters. Therefore, they suffer significantly during a drought, when the water level drops rapidly. But among these animals, there are lovers of travel. For example, in three years, a female named Hubert, from 1928 to 1931, decided on a desperate step - she covered 1,600 kilometers in southern Africa. She was shot dead by the hunters, who were then sentenced to a $25 fine.