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What Do I Do With All These Plastic Bags?

I do everything I can to avoid using plastic bags—I once bought several frozen groceries and opted to carry them home in my arms, like they were a baby. But every now and then, having forgotten my handy tote bag, I find myself with too much to carry and am …

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A brief history of barbed wire

There are more than 700 steel knots in The “Bobbed Wire” Bible, Jack Glover’s “illustrated guide to identification and classification” of barbed wire. They have names like Scutt’s Wooden Block, Greenbriar, Glidden Union Pacific, and the J. Brotherton Parallel. Scrupulously updated and republished by Cow Puddle Press starting in the …

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How to Take Care of Your Nails

Have we all been neglecting our fingernails? Okay, maybe just some of us? These slabs of keratin do a lot for us, so here’s how to keep them clean and healthy. Trim your nails The length of your nails is a personal preference, but many of us find it’s most …

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What to Do With Your Pill Bottles and Unused Pills

I have a lot of prescription bottles lying around with unused pills. Some from my wisdom teeth removal, others from a recent bout with food poisoning, and a couple for my creaky, inflamed joints. While basic logic might suggest pill bottles are recyclable like any other plastic and pills should …

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Don’t Feed Bread to Birds

Feeding bread to birds is a pastime as old as extra bread. But while birds are happy to scoop up your stale offerings, there are a lot of reasons why this is a bad idea. Redditor u/llcucf80 posted a somewhat confusing and ultimately contentious statement to r/LifeProTips about how bread …

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Amazon’s new $89 Kindle has everything most readers need

Setting up a new Amazon device feels like crawling deep into the corporate cocoon of the company’s media and retail platform. When you turn on the new $89 base-model Kindle, for instance, you indicate your time zone and wireless network as you’d expect, but then you get the sales pitches. …

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Avoid These Major Mistakes When Building a New PC

Photo: David Murphy If you’ve ever built a desktop PC—and if you haven’t, you should give it a try—then you’ve probably had at least one (or possibly a number) of mishaps. It happens. Computers are still a little complex, whether you’re building a basic rig or cooling your system with …

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