The internet has become something of a life manual. You can find an article that has a number of intriguing tips that help make your life just a little easier and more convenient. These tips are known as “hacks,” and on the internet, there’s no shortage of them. Sometimes the inventor had such a clear vision of how they were going to fix the problem in hand, they ended up creating three more problems for themselves in the process. These hacks take the expression “one step forward, two steps back” to a whole new level. Take a look at the most insanely stupid life hacks that are actually very close to being genius.
TV Dinner Winner
We’ve heard of floors that are so clean you could eat off of them, but toilet seats?! What do you do when you haven’t got a tray for your TV dinner? That’s right, you do this. Well, this guy does, and he seems to have no shame in doing it.
This is one of those hacks that is actually semi-logical. Don’t worry guys – this guy happened to have a spare toilet seat that he had never used before – it’s completely sterile!
Look guys, if your hacks fulfil their purpose, then who are we to judge? With that said, surely there is something to say for a hack not just doing its job, but also looking the part.
OK, so people might not be as fussy about the car’s interior as opposed to how it looks on the outside. However, we would rather just get a normal cup holder. What if you want to tape your car door back onto its hinges while you’re driving and drinking coffee?
Some hacks can also help us when we are out in public. For those people who take public transport to and from work every day, they can probably relate to this young lady.
She is obviously fed up with the unnecessary amount of physical contact she has with strangers while on the train. So what do you do? That’s right, you dress yourself up as a human porcupine. It works for our spiky rodent friends, and apparently, it works for us too.
Just Hanging Out
We’ve all been there before. It gets to a point when somehow, you end having way too many coat hangers. One day, when this person arrived home, they opened the closet and there were 200 of them.
The person wasn’t even using half of them! So they took one of the hangers and put it to, for lack of a better term, “good use.” There is an alternative solution; donate your hangers to charity and buy a legit toilet paper holder.
I’m Just Working Out
Some people invent hacks that they are so convinced will make their lives easier, but they end up failing miserably. With that said, we can’t help but admire the effort and thought we’d celebrate them.
Are you somebody who likes to work out but can’t find time because of your job? Well now, you can do both at the same time, with this state-of-the-art portable office! This means that you can do squats while checking your e-mails.
We are well aware that news reporters don’t want to get drenched in the rain while they are covering weird, new, and exciting stories. Moreover, they want to look presentable for the public when dishing out the latest news.
However, this is one of those hacks that proves that compromises need to be made. In this situation, the news reporter ended up looking like she was wearing a helmet for a giant astronaut. Well, at least her hair didn’t get wet.
“Wide Screen” TV
When you get back from a hard day’s work and all you want to do is kick back and catch up on your favourite TV shows, comfort is the main priority.
It appears that this person was so tired that they couldn’t even turn their head to watch their actual TV. So this was how they solved the issue, using their glass coffee table as a screen and playing the show through their phone. Aren’t hacks supposed to make life easier?
BBQs ‘R’ Us
Who needs to buy a BBQ worth hundreds of bucks when you can simply steal a shopping cart? Just roll up to your local grocery store, take one of the carts, and voila, you’ll be grilling and serving in no time.
One thing though; unless your friends and family aren’t so judgemental, you might want to BBQ all the food before they arrive and throw it in the bushes. Not everyone likes having their meat grilled on a stolen shopping cart.
Ever Heard Of A Selfie?
It’s one of the big dilemmas that has plagued many families over the years – how do you get everyone in the family photo and there’s nobody to take the photo?
Well, technological advances have helped solve that problem, such as the self-timed photo option on many of today’s smartphones. Also, there is a little photography technique that a lot of people have mastered in recent times. It’s called a “selfie.” Apparently, this guy isn’t familiar with the technique.
Whatever Heats Ya Pizza
When you don’t have an oven, toaster oven, microwave, or a stove, how exactly do you heat up leftover pizza slices? Because let’s face it, pizza the day after is just delightful.
It appears that this person didn’t just think outside the pizza box; they thought outside of the universe with their whacky heating idea. It looks like a house-on-fire waiting to happen, and this is one of those hacks we won’t try anytime soon. But hey, whatever heats your pizza!
Interesting Teacup You’ve Got There
Hacks can also help improve the things you eat and drink. However, this doesn’t appear to be one of them. When you don’t have a legitimate container to pour your tea into, you know you have some serious problems.
But they had a pepper, so it’s all good. We’re not the biggest fan of pepper-infused tea. Maybe that’s because we’ve never tried it before. There’s also a chance that we will never try it in our lives, because it sounds disgusting.
When you are on vacation in a place that has a hot, sunny climate and you know that you burn easily, a bucket hat is just not going to cut it. It also doesn’t help that you left your 50-factor sunscreen back at the hotel.
Also, you don’t want to lie around in one place; you clearly like to be active while on vacation. So this is what you do folks – plant an umbrella in the back of your shorts and enjoy the walk!
We’re Not “Fans” Of This
Unless you haven’t replaced your computer in the last 20 years, most laptops and desktops these days have built-in fans to cool it down when its heating up. However, even the best computers’ fans have been known to stop working.
This is what happened to one unlucky individual. Thankfully for them though, they like to conjure up valuable life hacks and knew exactly what to do in their moment of desperation. Or, you can throw away your ancient computer and buy a laptop.
There’s nothing quite like going to watch your team play at their home field. The advantages include an incredible atmosphere, fantastic views of the action, and feeling the tangible effects of the game in play.
So when you take your phone out of your pocket and start watching the game through its camera lens, you’re kind of defeating the purpose, right? You could’ve easily had the exact same view at home, kicking back with a couple friends and watching the game on TV.
Netflix & Zero Chill
You’re desperate for your own high-quality entertainment system. However, a flat-screen TV, all the movies and shows you ever wanted, and quality surround sound don’t exactly grow on trees.
You’re going to need to save up a little to invest in all of these great luxuries. Or, you can take that TV you’ve had for the last 15 years, hook it up to your laptop and your $40 speaker, and don’t forget to stick the TV to the wall with tape.
When it comes to home living, it’s not just about what furniture and tools you have at your disposal; it’s also how you use them. If you live alone and happen to have a complete set of chairs, then why not do what this guy did?
Apparently, he couldn’t afford a dining table or a desk. So he took his surplus chairs, flipped them upside down, and used them as platforms for his coffee table. Voila, you’ve got yourself the ultimate makeshift working desk.
Time For A New Clock
Sometimes, hacks are there to help us make the most of a bad situation. When your clock stops working and you throw a brick at it in a fit of rage, you need to cover up the fact that you destroyed it before your partner arrives home.
So what do you do? That’s right, you draw the piece that you broke off on a piece of paper and stick it in place. Then you realize that you destroyed the battery holder…
Just because some hacks are the works of geniuses doesn’t mean that they look good. You want to charge your phone, but you don’t have a platform to place the phone on while it’s charging.
The point of inventing something is to solve a problem and the following people did solve a problem in the most hilarious ways. So this guy thought of an ingenious balancing act – tie the cables of your charger and place the phone on top. Genius.
No Wet Pages Anymore
So many people enjoy reading a book while relaxing in the bath. We don’t personally enjoy such a pastime, but if you do, then good for you.
However, we think it’s safe to say that 99% of people who do read in the tub have got some pages wet at least once in their lives. So this person came up with one of the most useful stupid hacks on this list. It’s foolproof, especially since you won’t be walking your dog at the same time.
It’s one of those hacks that has been replicated on numerous occasions by both members of the public and some of your favorite TV characters. This particular hack is aimed at three types of people.
The first ones are those who don’t know how to sew. The second ones are too lazy to go take their clothes with holes to a tailor. And the third ones can’t find the time to throw them away and replace them with new clothes.
Cat + Buttered Toast = Profit?
Ok, this one is seriously genius! Cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands butter side down. So what would happen if you taped a piece of toast to a cat’s back and got it to jump? Perpetual energy, friends!
The internet has long accepted that cats will eventually be our rulers, if they aren’t already. This hack needs to be investigated properly because it could be the eco-friendly energy source we’ve been searching for. All hail the cat overlords!
Fresh In The Morning
They say that we do some of our best work under pressure. Ron hit the snooze button too many times, and now he’s racing around his condo trying to avoid another disciplinary at the office. That’s when genius strikes!
Ron slaps a thick layer of minty toothpaste on his morning toast and BAM! His morning has been well and truly hacked. This surely tastes disgusting (and toothpaste shouldn’t really be swallowed), but in a sticky situation like this, we’ll allow it.
This Could End One Of Two Ways
You’ve got everything set up for a romantic evening in with your other-half but that corkscrew is nowhere to be found! Fear not, there’s a hack for that. Use a drill on a low setting to ease that cork out.
It’s worth noting that this could go one of two ways. In one world, you’ll impress your date by being so handy, earning extra brownie points. In a parallel universe, you drench the pair of you in wine. If your date finds it funny, they’re a keeper!
Playing The Long Game
Here’s a genius life hack for people willing to play the long game. Can’t afford the IKEA furniture you want? Download the instructions from their website and start emailing them once a week asking for a missing part.
You’ll slowly accumulate the pieces one by one until you’ve got the whole set! The downside to this is that most IKEA items have hundreds of pieces, meaning it may be a good year and half before you get to build that cabinet.
Turbulence Free Flying
The internet laughed out loud when one user shared a photo of this airplane headrest hack. This guy used his belt to strap his head to his seat for a turbulence-free nap. Airplane travel can be very uncomfortable so it seems a lot of people were keen to give this a try.
When one guy does it, it’s madness, but when everyone gets on board it becomes a worldwide sensation. It’s only a matter of time before JetBlue installs this on every flight!
Worst Idea Yet
This one wins the Darwin Award for worst idea yet! One Reddit user suggested saving space in your tennis ball pack by cutting the balls in half. Obviously, by doing so you’d render the tennis balls completely unfit for purpose.
Here’s a real hack for those rich people with more tennis balls than sense – just build yourselves a walk-in tennis ball closet or an airplane hanger for your sports equipment. Or whatever you people do. Seriously, we don’t know.
Play The Blame Game
This life hack is one that could seriously work. To stop arguments with your partner or roommate, just invent an imaginary person that you can blame the dirty kitchen or untidy table on. Is this the secret to a blissful marriage?
Problems would arise when it’s Cheryl’s turn to empty the trash or take the pie out of the oven, so this may be a hack to use sparingly. We wouldn’t want to try and explain our imaginary roommate to the fire department!
The Masked Milkman
This genius has the answer to that empty supermarket shelf. No more whole milk left? Just combine 50 gallons of 2% milk! You almost had us, internet!
If you’re only interested in getting the fat from milk, then the math does check out. We want to see the guy that manages to drink 50 gallons of the stuff. Could this be the creation of a new antihero, The Masked Milkman? The comic book industry must be running out of ideas!
Is emptying your cat litter tray too time-consuming? Do people keep stealing your Amazon deliveries? Then this is the life hack for you. One Reddit user suggests using the delivery box as the litter tray, and then taping it up and leaving it on the doorstep for thieves. Delightfully devilish!
Those parcel poachers deserve everything they’ve got coming to them. Just imagine their faces when they open their morning steal to discover 5kg of fresh kitty litter. What a way to send them packing!
Just the idea of this food life hack is enough to make your stomach turn! If you’ve made pasta and you don’t like the sauce, just throw it for a spin in the washing machine and it’ll come out as good as new.
Unfortunately, this would end in either soapy spaghetti, or a Bolognese stained shirt next time you take the washing out, but kudos for trying. Spaghetti only takes 10 minutes to cook, so this hack is only for the truly lazy.
It’s true that most people have a limited understanding of ‘best by’ and ‘use by’ dates on food packaging, but this is just nonsense. To clear up the mystery – no, it won’t make your juice last longer if you just change the containers.
That won’t stop some people from giving this a try though. Just remember, folks, expiration dates are there for a reason, so you can’t use this as an excuse in the emergency room when they ask you what you’ve eaten.
Shut Up And Drive
Here’s one for the physicists out there! Need to get to work in a hurry and don’t want a speeding ticket? If you drive fast enough, red lights will look green thanks to the Doppler effect. Neato!
Doing the math, it turns out you’d need to be driving at 54,900 km/s to shift a red light to look green. So while this hack may not be useful now, keep it in mind for the high-speed supercars of the future.
What’s The Capital of Stain?
How many shirts have you stained with coffee, or wine (or spaghetti, thanks to putting it in the washing machine)? This genius suggests outlining the stain with a sharpie and giving it a name, saying, “This will make it seem like you visit islands.”
This clever up-cycling technique could save you hundreds of dollars a year on clothes, and the shirt in the photo actually looks kind of cool. We’ve got half a mind to go and purposefully stain some shirts right now!
Don’t Try This At Home
Is your ice cream too frozen to be able to serve? There’s a hack for that! Just microwave a spoon and eat with ease. This technique has been going around the internet for some time and should come with a safety warning.
If you’re new to microwaves (really, Jan?) you might not know that metal spoons will SET THEMSELVES ON FIRE when you zap them. This is only really a functional hack for arsonists. Use your head, people, and stay safe!
Cool Gang Of Pigeons
One Reddit user suggested this hilarious hack for passive income. Buy yourself a flock of homing pigeons and sell them on eBay. They’ll be back to you before you know it!
There’s just one downside to this, you probably need to spend a lot of time training the pigeons. But hey, you gotta spend money to make money! Even if this didn’t work out you’d still have a cool gang of pigeons who’d follow you around and sit on your shoulder. Totally worth it.
Bacon Juice Protector 4000
Anyone out there who likes bacon (and that’s a huge percentage of the population) knows that frying bacon can be tricky, especially when they crackle and the grease starts to jump everywhere.
You get some of that grease in your eye and you’re going to have an uncomfortable afternoon. That’s where this genius came into play with his neat invention. However, he might want to take a step back. He doesn’t want to get the box to close to that flame…
Some of us have no choice but to walk with a pair of crutches. For those of us who only have to use them for a limited period of time, we have found something you can do with them, instead of throwing them in the attic.
Stand them up against each other and voila, you have a nifty stack of shelves! However, what happens when you break your other leg? Either you dismantle your beautiful shelves or buy a new pair. What’s it going to be?
Dunk Game Strong
There is nothing quite like cookies and milk. Without a doubt, it is in the upper echelon of things that go well together. However, it takes years of practice to dunk one’s cookie in their milk for the perfect amount of time.
Dunk it in for too long and the cookie will get soggy and fall in the cup, and that’s not fun whatsoever. This dunker decided to give himself a bit of a challenge, using chopsticks.
Facing The Music
What happens when you break your car’s side-view mirror? It’s not as if you can just drive without them. They are essential for those notorious blind spots!
When you’re funds are running low and you can’t afford a replacement mirror, have no fear. Just take one of your least favorite CDs (we recommend anything by Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande) and if you look carefully enough, you might just see your reflection. It’s ironic, seeing that many road accidents are caused by music…
When you are in the mood for some Bee Gees and all you want to do is sing “Night Fever,” we think it’s time to get out the disco ball and turn your living room into a party hall. One thing that could help rotate the ball is an electric screwdriver.
Little did the inventor know that it only had one ferocious speed. As he turned on the power, the disco ball span at a 120mph, flew off the handle and blew a hole through the wall.