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16 Holiday Life Hacks – mental_floss List Show (Ep. 233)

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. To get the holiday season started, John tests 16 “life hacks” to see if they work as promised.

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1. Potato Chip Gift Wrap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE75vRV9tos
2. Keep Wrapping Paper from Unraveling: http://whatmusesme.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/wrapping-paper.jpg
3. Wrap Christmas Lights Around a Coffee Can: http://lifehacker.com/5871243/wrap-christmas-lights-around-a-coffee-can-to-keep-them-organized-and-untangled-for-next-year
4. Ping Pong Ball Lights: http://www.nationalbuildersupply.com/blog/how-to/last-minute-christmas-decor-you-can-make-at-home
5. Pick Up Broken Glass with Bread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCIuQ0ysfeY
6. Turn Wine Glasses Upside Down: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/97601516895859789/
7. Mason Jar, Salt, and Candle: http://www.beautifulfloors.com/mason-jar-magic/
8. Snow Slime: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/12/slime28.html?m=1
9. Sap and Toothpaste: http://lifehacker.com/5966988/remove-tree-sap-from-your-hands-with-toothpaste
10. Dental Floss and Cranberries: http://www.marthastewart.com/267644/garland-trick
11. Store Ornaments in Egg Cartons: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/479914904013532772/
12. Use Aluminum Foil Box for Cookie Storage: http://www.auntpeaches.com/2012/12/boxn-and-cookie-swapn.html
13. Frosting in Condiment Bottles: http://applepins.com/icing-in-condiment-bottles-for-a-cookie-decorating-party/
14. Coffee Filter for Snowflakes: http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr01/2012/12/12/15/enhanced-buzz-15861-1355344246-12.jpg
15. Bread tab for tape: http://lifehacker.com/use-a-bread-tab-to-hold-your-place-on-a-tape-roll-1189969081
16. Rudolph Party Game: http://fionacarter.typepad.com/my_ramblings/2009/12/christmas-ideas-kids-christmas-party-games-activities.html

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