Last Week’s 10 Biggest Posts

From how your email address affects your job chances to the truth about hamburgers and how to deal with anti-science trolls, we had you covered. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. McDonald’s Finally Comes Clean On False Advertising (Kind Of)
    Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. This week, we were all set to put McDonald’s Quarter Pounder under the microscope to see if it was any worse than the risible Hungry Jack’s Whopper. However, while scouring the ‘net for marketing images, we noticed something weird — the company had already beat us to the punch.
  2. The Kogan Principle: Pick Job Candidates Based On Their Email Domain
    Trying to sort through a long list of job candidates? Entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan suggests using the email domain applicants use to help narrow down the field.
  3. The Cheapest Suburbs To Buy A House In Australia
    Want to buy your first place but horrified by the prices? Here are the cheapest suburbs near the CBD in every Australian capital city.
  4. Seven Things To Take Note Of In The IKEA 2015 Australia Catalogue
    IKEA’s 2015 catalogue is out online now (the print version hits stores on 1 September). Here are seven new developments that are worth highlighting — including an unexpected reprieve for one supposedly cancelled line.
  5. How To Scam A McDonald’s Frozen Coke ‘Float’ Dessert For $1.30
    A medium size McDonald’s Frozen Coke Float (i.e. — frozen Coca-Cola garnished with soft serve ice cream) currently costs a pretty hefty $4.50. Here’s a sneaky hack to get an even bigger version of the same dessert for just $1.30.
  6. Takeaway Truth: McDonald’s McMate Burgers
    Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald’s McMate Burgers. (Plus: Taste Test!)
  7. Why The Latest EFA Claims About Piracy In Australia Are Nonsense
    The topic of movie piracy often lends itself to dubious claims and dubious statistics. Advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia has launched a site which tries to track whether movies that Australians download illegally are legally available. Unfortunately, the interpretation of the data is questionable at best and ludicrous at worst.
  8. Overcome Social Anxiety With The 3-Second Rule
    Some of us find it hard to just walk up to strangers and start talking — we get anxious and overthink the situation. Avoid the stress by making the decision to go up to the person within 3 seconds.
  9. The Tricks Used By Anti-Science Trolls
    I often like to discuss science online and I’m also rather partial to topics that promote lively discussion, such as climate change, crime statistics and (perhaps surprisingly) the big bang. This inevitably brings out the trolls.
  10. The Secret Samsung Galaxy Test Code To Fix Your Broken Screen
    I love my Galaxy Note 3. But the bigger they are, the harder they fall. And holy crap did I do a good job of shattering my screen when it fell from my feeble clutches recently. But from adversity comes opportunity — and I learned two key lessons that everyone should know when it comes to fixing a broken phone screen.