109 Dumb Yet Somehow Genius Life Hacks That Actually Work (New Pics)

If it sounds stupid, looks stupid, quacks like stupid, but also (kinda) works, is it still stupid? The jury’s still out on this one. What we know for sure is that in the world of life hacks, even the weirdest ideas can still have merit. All it takes is a bit of creativity and the willingness to stick a broken key into a potato to make a new grip. Genius and madness are often two sides of the same coin, after all.

Our team over here at Bored Panda wanted to share some of that peculiar worldly wisdom with you, so we’ve compiled this list of the most bizarre life hacks that (sorta, kinda, surprisingly) work. Scroll on down and remember to upvote the ones that impressed you the most, as well as the ones that got you giggling so hard, you had to take a five-minute break. Got a particular fave hack that you can’t wait to share with all of your friends semi-seriously? Let us know which one it was in the comments.

Who better to help navigate the world of silliness than a comedian? Comedy writer and musical stand-up comedian Ariane Sherine put an end to the age-old discussion about whether or not something’s dumb if it works. “It’s actually very smart, and it’s a shame if people don’t use it through fear of looking dumb!” she told Bored Panda. Read on for the rest of our interview with Ariane.

In the mood for some more hacks and even more laughs to boost your mood? You’ll find our earlier posts about silly but functional life hacks over here and right here. Bon appétit.

#1 Learn When To Cry

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#2 Started Staining The Deck And Needed To Keep The Dog Off The Deck Boards. Solution Found

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#3 Get Your Roommate To Clean The Apartment

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British comedian Ariane explained that human beings tend to look down on ideas that sound dumb on a theoretical level because we want to appear much more intelligent than we might actually be. It’s all to do with our (perceived) reputations!

“Everybody wants to think they’re smart (even if they’re actually Donald Trump!) and people hate feeling stupid or being duped. If a piece of advice doesn’t sound helpful, I guess people who see themselves as clever will automatically reject it rather than try it and risk feeling dumb,” she shared with Bored Panda.

#4 My Dad Apparently Sneaks His Remote Into A Local Bar So He Can Change The Channel When He Doesn’t Like What’s On. I’m Equally Embarrassed And Impressed

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#5 How To Hack Life

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#6 My Brother Wanted To Measure The Trees In His Yard. This Is How Did He Did It

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Meanwhile, Ariane, just like us, is a huge fan of avocados. Not surprisingly, her favorite life hack has to do with them and how they have an “inbult ripeness sensor” that lets you tell if the avocado is overripe or still green (yes, yes, they’re always green, but you know what we mean!).

“You know how hard it is to tell whether an avocado’s ripe before cutting into it? Simply twist the stem. If it doesn’t come off, it’s underripe; if it comes off and is green underneath, it’s ripe; if it’s brown underneath, it’s overripe. Voila—no more rock hard or mushy grey avocados!” she shared, adding that she has, just us, found that supermarkets promoting ‘ripe’ avocados tend to lie about just how ripe they really are.

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#7 I Figured Out You Don’t Actually Have To Assemble These Things

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#8 Meanwhile This Person Is Living In 3018

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#9 If You Stain A Shirt, You Can Simply Outline The Stain With A Sharpie And Give It A Name. This Will Make It Seam Like You Visit Islands

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Life hacks come in all shapes and sizes. From tiny modifications to how you go about your day for increased efficiency to some seriously out-of-the-box thinking that stays with you, changing your entire perception about life and how you’ve been living it.

#10 Gym Tip

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#11 My 12 Year Old Son Modified His Bike With Carpet For Barefoot Riding

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#12 The Man Sitting In Front Of Me On The Train Is Using A Twix As A Pillow

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In short, life hacks are concentrated bits of worldly wisdom that people have picked up during their lives. We’ve all got at least a few pearls of wisdom that we can share with others, but we’re sometimes not aware that it’s something that others wouldn’t know about.

#13 Shark Attack

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#14 If Your Key Breaks In Half, Just Stick It Into A Potato Like My Friend Did This Morning

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#15 Relationship Hacks 101

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While some life hacks we pick up from others, improving them to fit our needs, others are, as Bob Ross would say, “happy little accidents.” It just goes to show that even when we think that we’ve got life all figured out, a small slip or mistake can actually be an opportunity to live life better. I mean, I probably won’t use a potato as a key handle until I absolutely have to, but it’s good to have the idea about how flexible I can be somewhere in the back of my head.

#16 How To Get A Free Gift For Your Wedding

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#17 Solve Your Problems

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#18 Test Your Hairstyles On Your Kids

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For the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, practical wisdom (also known as practical rationality or ‘phronesis’) was the highest intellectual virtue. “Phronesis is the complicated interactions between general (theory) and practical (judgment),” one paper explains.

#19 Take An Item That Is About To Expire And Place It Into Another Container Without An Expiration Date To Make It Last Forever

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#20 If You’re Broke And Can’t Afford Coasters Grab Some Flooring Samples From Home Depot. They Are Free And Come In A Variety Of Colors And Finishes

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#21 Cutting Your Tennis Balls In Half Allows You To Store Two More Balls In Each Can, Saving Space

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While we might not immediately link life hacks to something as profound as Aristotelean philosophy, they do hold some things in common, specifically the practical and correct application of theoretical knowledge. And considering that some of these life hacks help solve real-world issues (however small they might be), they shouldn’t be dismissed despite how dumb they might sound on a purely theoretical level.

#22 Unethical Life Pro Tips

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#23 If It’s Stupid And It Works It’s Not Stupid

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#24 Put Your Beer In A Coffee Mug So Nobody At Work Knows You’re Drinking

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Life hacks might not be as mighty as author John Bradshaw explains in his book ‘Reclaiming Virtue’ (i.e. practical wisdom being “the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason”), but they are a reflection of humankind’s ability to adapt and overcome challenges, from the tiny and ridiculous to the profound and consequential. There’s nothing wrong with MacGyvering a solution if conventional knowledge fails us!

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#25 If You Don’t Like The Sauce You Used On Your Pasta, Just Wash It In Washing Machine

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#26 Shopping Life Hack

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#27 Smart

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But what life hacks do you have to share with all the other Pandas? Are they something that you discovered by accident or did you see them somewhere? Do you believe that life hacks can be considered to be successful if they’re really dumb but work? What’s the absolute stupidest life hack you’ve ever seen that still (kinda, sorta, surprisingly) works? Let us know what you think below.

#28 Pistachio Nut And A Dab Of Glue Saved The Day

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#29 Modify Your Online Workout By Turning It Off

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#30 Well If It Works It Works

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#31 Life Hack 100

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#32 Vaccinate Your Computer

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#33 How To Have Fun As A Parent

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#34 Zip It Up

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#35 DIY Smoke Detector

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#36 How To Make Your Double Bacon Cheeseburger Healthier

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#37 My Daughter’s Job Only Allows Black Pants And No Rips. Her Normal Pair Was Still In The Washer So She Hacked It. Will It Work?

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#38 How To Be “Productive”

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#39 The Real Aristotle

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#40 It’s Not Stupid If It Works!

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#41 Independent Fact Checkers Show This Is True

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#42 Use A Fork In Case You Haven’t Mastered Chopsticks Yet

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#43 A Flood Can Be A Great Opportunity To Turn Your Home Into An Aquarium

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#44 Efficient Way To Get Drunk During Quarantine

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#45 Afraid Those Lottery Tickets You Got For Stocking Stuffers Might Actually Be Winners?

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#46 This Is How My Auntie Blocks Ads From Her Computer Screen

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#47 Husband’s Bedside Cup Holder

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#48 Swap Out Tires From A Rental Car

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#49 If You Wear Contacts, Leave Them In A Cup Of Coffee Overnight. Instant Sunglasses

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#50 If It Is Stupid But It Works, It Ain’t Stupid

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#51 New Workout Plan

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#52 A Tube To Prevent Phone Distractions During Conversation

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#53 Hmmm

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#54 In Todays Episode Of Slavic Science

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#55 Steal Big

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#56 Life Pro Tip

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#57 Fake Your Height, Get The Vaccine Early

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#58 Store A Paint Brush With Your Paint To Keep It From Drying Out And Have One Handy

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#59 Keep The Gas Turned On So Your Partner Doesn’t Have To Make Too Much Effort While Heating Their Dinner

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#60 Wife Hack

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#61 Want To Get The Covid Vaccine In NC Sooner? You Have 22 Days To Smoke 100 Cigarettes

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#62 Pretend That Money Isn’t An Issue For Becoming A Responsible Adult

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#63 You Have The Power

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#64 How To Have A Clean Break Up

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#65 No More Tears In The Kitchen

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#66 Finally A Useful “Life Hack”

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#67 How To Make Your Child Live Longer

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#68 Dad’s “Life Hack” Didn’t Make Mom As Happy As He Hoped

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#69 Claim You’re Under 21 To Avoid Paying For Alcohol

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#70 Play Vacuum Sounds On Youtube When You Don’t Feel Like Vacuuming

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#71 Turn A Double Light Switch Into A Single With An Extra Wide Bag Clip

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#72 5 Second Rule

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#73 Knowing When To Shower

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#74 How To Avoid Conversations

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#75 If It Looks Stupid, But It Works, It Ain’t Stupid

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#76 When Your Landlord Says “No Dogs!”

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#77 My 11-Year-Old Sister Put A Plastic Ziplock Bag Over Bowl So She Doesn’t Have To Clean It

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#78 Store Your Gum In Your Pill Bottle So People Don’t Ask You For Gum

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#79 Use Your Retractable Armrest For Maximum Driving Comfort

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#80 If It Works It’s Not Stupid

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#81 It’s Not Stupid If It Works

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#82 If It Works It’s Not Stupid

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#83 I Guess It’s Not Stupid If It Works (Planted 300 Bulbs In 2 Hours)

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#84 It’s Not Stupid If It Works. Two Dollar Bumper Buddies

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#85 If It Works It Aint Stupid

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#86 If It’s Stupid And It Works It Ain’t Stupid

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#87 If It’s Stupid And It Works, It Ain’t Stupid

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#88 Cool Your Backside Off On A Hot Day By Pressing It Against The Cold Door

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#89 Life Hack

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#90 Best Way To Make Money

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#91 An Easy Way To Take Sneak Your Gameboy Into Class

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#92 Stay Thin Y’all

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#93 Don’t Have Any Money? Check In Your Wallet – You May Have Left A Couple Of Bucks In There At Some Point

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#94 Saved Myself From Having To Wash A Bowl

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#95 Work With Everything

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#96 A Backboard “Fix” Done By One Of My Neighbors

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#97 Because It’s Sunny I Want To Work Outside But It’s So Bright I Can’t Really See The Screen. Putting Your Laptop In A Box Blocks Out The Light, So Your Laptop Screen Is Bright. It Also Keeps Laptop Cooler

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#98 Some Of My Succulents Don’t Like Full Full Sun… So I Bought Them Some Shade. It’s Not Dumb If It Works, Right?

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#99 If It Looks Stupid But Working, It Ain’t Stupid

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#100 Car Hacks #1

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#101 Getting Windows

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#102 Charge Your Phone Twice As Fast By Plugging It In While It’s On A Wireless Charger

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#103 If You Run Out Of Mobile Data, Just Snap Out That Emergency Sim Card From Your Credit Card

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#104 Get Shoes Polished Free In An Airport

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#105 It’s Not Stupid If It Works

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#106 Its Not Stupid If It Works!

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#107 The Perfect Towel Holder Doesn’t Exis…

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#108 Microwave Your Spoon For 10 Seconds To Make Scooping Ice-Cream Easier

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#109 Neat Cable Holder

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