Readers offer their best tips for creating good security questions, managing all the cords on your bathroom counter, and cleaning water bottles without making them taste bad.
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Create Similar-Sounding Security Questions for Extra Protection
Srwight shares a great way to make your security questions extra secure:
To avoid having your email hacked, make up several alternative "Security Questions" that you'd use in place of the actual questions. For example:
Any time the question is "What is your mother's maiden name?" you could instead answer the question, "What is your favourite Iron Maiden Album?" Or if the question is, "What was the name of your Elementary School?" you could instead answer the question, "What is your favourite Element?"
If you wanted to, you could make a key and stick it in your wallet. Even if someone got hold of the key, they still wouldn't know your answers to the new questions.
Use Toilet Paper Tubes to Manage Bathroom Appliance Cords
Dave shows us a great way to keep cords from taking over your bathroom counter:
Instead of throwing away used toilet paper rolls, use them to manage the cords of your hair dryers, straightening irons, curling irons, and other small bathroom appliances. I like to fold the cords accordion-style in roughly 5" segments so it fits just right inside the roll, which also prevents twisting or damaging the cords. When one of your rolls shows signs of wear, there's always a replacement waiting in the wings!
Clean Water Bottles with Lemon Juice Instead of Vinegar
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Bennett tells us a more tasty way to clean water bottles:
Normally it is recommended that you use Vinegar and Water to clean a water bottle. But I hate the taste of vinegar and am afraid that I won't rinse it enough. I on the other hand love the taste of lemons. So instead of using vinegar and water I use lemon juice. The citric acid should have the same effect and i don't need to worry about the flavor. It's a win-win situation. You do have to be careful though that the lemon juice you're using is from actual lemons or squeezed by you so that it isn't just artificial flavoring.
Set Aside Large Time Chunks for Mundane Tasks
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Djmashedman tells us a good way to avoid constantly checking the clock:
When working at something you do not really want to do (eg. studying, reports, anything really) it is often very easy to be occupied with the time. I often find myself looking at the clock and setting myself goals for what to achieve with my studying and when. However, I have found that with this method the time is all I can think about. So to get around this I simply set aside a large chunk of time for revision, and remove all clocks from my room. This way I do not get as distracted and can revise in peace.