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11 Awesome Century-old Life Hacks That Can Save The Day



In the age of the Internet, human life is easier than ever before. Back in the 1910s you obviously couldn't search online. Gallaher's Cigarettes addressed this need to make life easier with handy life hacks printed on cards that were tucked inside their packs.

#11 A step back in time!

#11 A step back in time!

Colorado McDonald's outlets are selling weed! Oh and The New York Public Library's Collection unearthed some more awesome stuff we think fits perfectly under smoking trivia!

If you're a smoker, you know you love it. And when cigarette companies decide to give you more reasons to love them, it's absolutely wonderful. We want to extend a hug to Gallaher's Cigarettes for giving out life hacks in their cigarette packs.

Oh and by the way, this was a hundred years ago. In a world with the internet we have a pretty easy life, but the 1900s were dark times and Gallaher's Cigarettes wanted their smokes to be the guiding light.

#10 DIY Fire Extinguisher

#10 DIY Fire Extinguisher

They didn't have those sinister red cylinders back in the 1900s. This one could definitely save a life. Whoop up your own personal fire extinguisher by mixing a pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water. You'll smell a safer tomorrow while whipping up the magic potion!

#9 Extract a splinter!

#9 Extract a splinter!

They were violent back in the day and tweezers are painful. Fret not, Gallaher's to the rescue!

Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water. Press the splinter against the mouth of the bottle. The suction would make the bottle stick as the steam extracts the splinter. Et voila!

#8 Water your plants while away

#8 Water your plants while away

Everybody loved gardening back then and heck, they do so even today! Thanks to this little trick your parents won't be dying of dehydraton while you're on a trip.

Fill a bucket with water and place it a bit higher than the plants. Loosely tie few strands of wool together. Tie the ends to a weight and let it sink to the bottom of the bucket. Rest the other ends on the soil. The water will soak through the wool and water your plants.

#7 Light a match when it's windy

#7 Light a match when it's windy

I was seriously taken aback by this one. The number of times I've tried to light one in a damn auto rickshaw! Lifesaver! Forget using your hands as windshields, cut small shavings near the striking end of the match. This will increase the surface area and ensure the whole thing catches fire.

#6 Preserve Eggs

#6 Preserve Eggs

Your refrigerator deserves a break! Bury your eggs into a box of dry salt, simple. Store it in a dry place. This way you can preserve them for a very long time.

#5 Use your watch as a compass

#5 Use your watch as a compass

We don't do a lot of sailing in the modern world but it doesn't hurt to know this. Point the hour hand at the sun. Lay a blade of grass or wire crosswise between the hour hand and the figure twelve. The end of the wire between twelve and the hour hand points south.

#4 Carrying heavy articles

#4 Carrying heavy articles

No more broken vases or spilling water. Carry the jug upright. This prevents the weight from pulling down the object.

#3 Pull out long nails

#3 Pull out long nails

Once you've pulled it out just a bit, place a small block of wood under the pincers and your ordeal becomes a whole lot easier.

#2 Identify Gas Leaks

#2 Identify Gas Leaks

Lifesaver. Literally. Paint strong soap solution on the pipe. The gas would cause bubbles at the escaping point. And don't be lighting any cigarettes while you're at it.

#1 Cool Wine Without Ice

#1 Cool Wine Without Ice

Everybody needs a smoke when they drink and Gallaher's understands that. It's easy to run out of ice in parties. Wrap the bottle in flannel and place it in a crock beneath a cold water tap. You'll be good to go in ten!




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