Life Hacker

February 19, 2021
Why Sports Make You Miserable, According to Science

Why Sports Make You Miserable, According to Science

On Monday, a seismic shakeup hit the world of European football, threatening to alter the DNA of the biggest sport on Earth. The formation of an invitation-only European Super League, in which 12 of the continent’s economic powerhouse clubs will compete, sharing lavish sums of cash between them,...

How Sore Is Too Sore When Working Out?

How Sore Is Too Sore When Working Out?

It’s normal to feel sore after your first day of a new workout, but maybe you’ve heard horror stories of people who ended up in the hospital after they destroyed themselves with a super intense workout. Chances are, your soreness is normal, but here’s how to know. Read more...

You Should Waffle Some Rice, Yes You Should

You Should Waffle Some Rice, Yes You Should

I love rice. I love it freshly cooked, all fluffy and tender, or fried up crispy and crowned with a runny egg. It also makes for a very good, satisfyingly crunchy waffle—a waffle that, as it turned out, was the perfect platform for some some gumbo my stepmom bestowed upon me.Read more...

How to Find Your iPhone With Google Assistant

How to Find Your iPhone With Google Assistant

If you live in a house with divided geek loyalties, your competing devices are about to get a little more collaborative. Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers can now help you find your missing iPhone; all you have to do is say “Hey Google, find my phone” to send a critical-level alert to your...

How to Export Your Facebook Posts to Google Drive

How to Export Your Facebook Posts to Google Drive

If you want to export your Facebook posts for any reason (I’ll leave it to you to decide why), you can now dump these and your notes to a Google Doc, Blogger, or WordPress.Read more...

Where to Score the Cheapest 4/20 Food Deals When You're, Like, Really High

Where to Score the Cheapest 4/20 Food Deals When You're, Like, Really High

As more states legalize cannabis, restaurants are increasingly offering deals on April 20, aka 4/20, aka the day of cannabis celebration that seems increasingly destined to become less about civil disobedience and more about fast food chains selling you on the hedonic properties of fast food. And...

What to Do When Your Toddler Is a Hitter

What to Do When Your Toddler Is a Hitter

We talked recently about what parents can do if their toddler bites people, whether out of curiosity, frustration, or a need for attention. While some toddlers bite for those reasons, others may turn to hitting. A slap across the face from a toddler probably won’t hurt as much as a bite on the arm,...

How to Refresh Old Countertops Without Replacing Them

How to Refresh Old Countertops Without Replacing Them

Old counters can make a kitchen feel out-of-date, but replacing them with new, expensive materials isn’t always an option. Here are a few less expensive ways to refinish dingy countertops and give your kitchen a whole new look.Read more...

How to Take Gorgeous Photos of the Lyrid (or Any) Meteor Shower

How to Take Gorgeous Photos of the Lyrid (or Any) Meteor Shower

To watch meteors streak across the night sky is to witness a humbling, yet fleeting natural phenomenon. And without photos to document the ephemeral wonder of burning rocks screaming through the ether, what will you have to remember your experience of this sporadic occurrence? Will anyone believe...

Add Something Bitter to Your Highball

Add Something Bitter to Your Highball

The beauty of a highball lies in its simplicity: Booze is combined with not-booze, which usually takes the form of a popular soft drink. Some people layer the two ingredients for a nice ombre effect, but I like to give mine a gentle little stir, and maybe garnish with a citrus wedge or strip of...

All U.S. Adults Are Now Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine

All U.S. Adults Are Now Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s April 19, and President Biden’s intention to make all adults eligible for a COVID vaccine by today has been realized: The New York Times reports that all 50 states, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico, have now opened their eligibility to all adults, regardless of priority group.Read more...

You're Probably Air Drying Your Clothes All Wrong

You're Probably Air Drying Your Clothes All Wrong

Mother nature offers a cost effective means to wrinkle-free clothes drying, one that can also help disinfect and remove odors. It’s... the sun, and its UV rays not only kill bacteria, but can also brighten your whites. Plus, if you dry your clothes outside you’ll get the real fresh-air scent your...

Is My Daughter Too Obsessed With Her BFF?

Is My Daughter Too Obsessed With Her BFF?

Sure, you never forget your first love—but you really never forget your first BFF. The delight that comes with having someone outside of your family to confide in, giggle with, and conspire with can seem too good to be true when you first discover it’s possible. But at what point does a young...

Get Three Free Adventure Games From Epic This Week

Get Three Free Adventure Games From Epic This Week

Epic Games Store customers who have played down their piles of shame can build them back up by grabbing a trio of acclaimed indie adventure games for free this week.Read more...

The Best Credit Card Welcome Bonuses Right Now

The Best Credit Card Welcome Bonuses Right Now

If you’re thinking of getting a travel card, this is a good time to get one. With over two thirds of of Americans planning to travel later this year, credit companies have stepped up efforts to capture new cardholders this spring and are offering record-setting (or at least record-tying) welcome...

How to Make a Free Online Oscar Pool

How to Make a Free Online Oscar Pool

The Oscars are one of the biggest awards of the year, and as you root for your favorite actors, directors, and movies to win, one way to make the night more fun is to make an “Oscars pool” with your friends.Read more...

13 Reasonable Alternatives to Adobe's Expensive Apps

13 Reasonable Alternatives to Adobe's Expensive Apps

Jumping into the full suite of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps is an expensive proposition: a $53/month setback (as of this writing) that might be overkill for your needs unless you’re producing a lot of media across a variety of formats.Read more...

How to Adjust Your Car's Headlights

How to Adjust Your Car's Headlights

While we may not think about it like an oil change, making sure your vehicle’s headlights are properly adjusted is an important part of routine maintenance. Having a headlight (or two) pointing off in the wrong directions not only makes it harder for you to see the road and your surroundings when...

How to Tell Someone You're Still Not Comfortable Going to Their Big Event During COVID

How to Tell Someone You're Still Not Comfortable Going to Their Big Event During COVID

Though it’s really difficult to look at a global pandemic that is responsible for more than 566,000 deaths in the United States alone and identify anything positive that has come from it, there have been a few aspects of the public health measures that some people have found convenient. Read more...

How to Pick Plants That Will Grow Well Under Trees

How to Pick Plants That Will Grow Well Under Trees

There’s something fairytale-like about the ground surrounding trees being covered in a carpet of flowers or other foliage. Even if it is deliberately planted and cultivated, it somehow can still look so natural—as if you’ve stumbled into a part of a forest no one has seen before.Read more...

What to Say When Someone Is Gaslighting You

What to Say When Someone Is Gaslighting You

The term “gaslighting”—as in, the psychological manipulation, not the 19th century profession—has been thrown around a lot over the past decade or so. And while it can be both overused and misused, the awareness of the concept in general has been helpful for many people who experienced this type of...

How to Create Vignettes That Really Pull a Room Together

How to Create Vignettes That Really Pull a Room Together

Back when we were allowed to freely visit other people in their homes, you may have noticed that some had what was seemingly an area of knickknacks or other pieces of “decor” grouped together that somehow...worked. It didn’t look like some random junk taking up space, or the clearance aisle of a...

How to Get $200 Worth of Room Service During Your 4/20 Hotel Stay

How to Get $200 Worth of Room Service During Your 4/20 Hotel Stay

This year, there’s even more to celebrate than usual on April 20th, now that 17 states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Four of those states—New Jersey, New York, Virginia and New Mexico—have done so in the past two months, so it’s probably still sinking...

Get All This Free Stuff With Proof of Your COVID Vaccination

Get All This Free Stuff With Proof of Your COVID Vaccination

So far, 23.6% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, and businesses are giving people a bit of a nudge by offering free products and services to people who show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Here are a few perks of getting your jab taken care of.Read more...

Why You Shouldn't Expect Chlorophyll Water to Help Treat Your Acne

Why You Shouldn't Expect Chlorophyll Water to Help Treat Your Acne

Chlorophyll water is a booming trend on TikTok, with influencers lifting a green glass to the camera while showing off their acne-free skin. But there’s no science to back up the claims that it’s uniquely good for skin.Read more...