Over A Century Of Old School Life Tips -- Have They Stood The Test Of Time?

Long before sites like Lifehacker, people would get their life tips from books, TV shows and magazines. Popular Mechanics, for instance, had its first issue in 1902 and over the last century has published countless snippets of helpful advice. Are they still that useful?

Images: Popular Mechanics

Surprisingly, yes, quite a few of them are. The makeshift wrench described in the lead image is genius, while this tip for converting an old glove into a tool holder is easy to execute and just as relevant today as it was in 1949:

An old glove can become a miniature tool belt with a few modifications, according to our January 1949 issue. Cut a slit in the cuff of the glove so a belt can pass through it. Then snap off the fingertips and thumb tip. Worn on a hip, the open fingertips can conveniently carry pliers and large screwdrivers.

On the other hand, I don't think we need to worry about Depression-era thieves taking off with our milk.

LPT: A plethora of great life pro tips from 110 years of Popular Mechanics. [Reddit]


    When I was a kid, about 8 or so, our milk was delivered by horse and cart in glass bottles with foil caps. Each mornin around 5am you would hear the horse slowly clop down the hill stopping at each house as the gentle clink of glass on glass softly filled your room.

    Inner city Melbourne too, so not like it's out in the bush.

    There never was much fear of people stealing your milk though, nor papers, nor anything really. One's door was not often locked.

      Do you remember when women couldn't vote, and certain folks weren't allowed on golf courses? Pepperidge farm remembers.

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