What’s something you did “the hard way” for the longest time, because you didn’t know there was a much easier way?
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Literally every single thing I’ve ever learned to do in Excel stems from a situation like this.
Copy pasting on a computer by meticulously highlighting, right clicking, then selecting the copy option. Didn’t know about CTRL+C/V for way too long
Dating – when I was a kid I thought you had to have some elaborate scheme or hook to get someone interested in you
Later I realized all you gotta do is be honest and up front.
There’s a scene in some teen movie where the girl was trying to convince her brainwashed boyfriend that he was brainwashed, that she wasn’t the enemy, yadda yadda.
One of the things she said to him to convince him that she knew him intimately was “you always double knot your shoelaces.”
I remember watching it thinking “well, yeah. Doesn’t everyone? If you don’t double knot your shoelaces, they’ll come untied!”
It was enough of a weird moment that it made me wonder if there was something I was missing about the way people tied their shoes. And lo and behold, after some furious googling it turned out that I didn’t know the difference between a square knot and a “granny knot”, and I had been tying my shoes wrong for my entire life.
Math, back when I believed “you won’t always have a calculator on you”
Talking to people who talk at you not with you, appeasing angries… Not how it’s done. Be the bigger angry, don’t listen if you’re not being heard. Enjoy your time savings.
Most modern laptop touchpads allow you to scroll if you move 2 fingers up and down the touch pad
I’ve been opening pistachios with my thumbs for 30 years until I saw my wife use half a shell to wrench her next one open and then my mind exploded.
Peeling bananas by pulling on the stem, instead of pinching the end.
If you hold the space bar on your cellphone it’s way easier to select words in a text you want to copy. Did it the hard way, the way you get angry at your fat fingers for far too long.
Press the middle mouse button on a website tab instead of pressing the small x.
Works also to open a new windows explorer window if you middle mouse button press on a windows explorer window on the taskbar (sounds more complicated than it is).