Hacks to change your life

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A life hack is a trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method that can help you through life. Maybe some of the below will increase your productivity and efficiency:

Hack 1– if you have makeup products they do go out of date so look at the back of them to see when they go out of date e.g. it will say 12 or even 24 mths.

Hack 2– people think that on the spaghetti Bolognese scoops the hole in the middle is for extra drainage but it’s not; if you’re eating for just one it tells you how much to cook. Put your dry uncooked spaghetti in the hole and if it fits perfectly then that is the right amount to eat.

Hack 3– have you ever wondered why on iPhones there is a little hole next to the camera and the flashlight? Well now you do, it is a microphone that blocks out all the background noises when you’re on the phone.

Hack 4– why is there a hole in a pen lid? We all think it’s odd to have a hole in it; the reason is so that if younger children accidentally swallow a pen lid it still has air flowing through so it’s easier to get out.

Hack 5– people think that the white side of a rubber is for pencil and blue is for pen, is that right? No, it’s not! The white is for pencil but the blue side is not for pen it is for pencil on art paper.

Hack 6– the hole on the side of a pen is because when you write you build up vacuum pressure inside, so when you write the hole keeps the ink coming out of your pen. If your ink stops coming out, all you need to do is simply pull the ballpoint bit out of your pen, let air back into it put it back in and shake. Your pen should work after that.

Hack 7– if you travel by car, will know there’s a mirror inside. Underneath you might see that there is a tab but what is it for? Well, it’s for when the car behind has its lights on full beam. Flip that tab backwards then it stops those lights blinding you.

Hack 8– you may see a hole in a lolly pop stick. Some think it is a whistle and try to play it but most people know it’s not a simple musical instrument. It’s actually for when they melt –the fruity liquid goes into the hole, so it’s easier to hold it.

Hack 9– on the lid of a tic tac box there is a gap that some people just ignore. Well, when your box is closed, tip it upside down and then open it. Now, you should have just one tic tac that you can easily access.


I hope you enjoyed these life hacks. Let me know if some are new to you or those that already work for you.


Erin, Year 6

Burgh School

9 Responses to Hacks to change your life

  1. Dannielle December 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Well done Erin, so many hacks and they’re good ones to try.(But I do know most of these). Keep up the good work.

  2. Crystal December 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is cool, I never knew about the makeup one.

  3. Freya December 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    To be honest, I didn’t really realise any of those life hacks so you have taught me a lot through your writing! I will definitely have to look out for all these simple things.
    Keep up the excellent work, Erin!

  4. Kavya December 5, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Good job Erin. You taught me a lot of life hacks and, to be honest, they even sound so simple and easy!

  5. Louis December 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Great article! Most of these life hacks I didn’t know!

  6. Aimee and Sophie December 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    We really enjoyed this article Erin, keep up the good work.

  7. Erin December 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you, I was working on it for a while.

  8. Sonny December 6, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I loved those life hacks Erin. I might as well try some of those.
    Keep up the great work!

  9. Cecily December 13, 2017 at 10:34 am

    these hacks are so good and useful!