You know what’s cooler than having lots of skills? Having skills you can use with one hand tied behind your back. Here are our top 10 tricks that only take 25 per cent of your limbs to accomplish.
Obviously, there are a lot of things you can do with one hand. Here, we’re trying to avoid the obvious (like cutting and pasting text or unlocking your iPhone), as well as the things you’re all thinking right now (like unhooking a bra, or other things you’d rather not talk to your mother about). A few of these you may already know, but for the most part, we’re going for new skills you can learn today.
#10 Measure Distances
#9 Strip Wires
You know what it’s like digging into a DIY project. You’re so excited that you want to do it all at once, without any regard to your personal safety or intricate details. So, if you want to unpack boxes with one hand while you strip and solder with the other, you can use this convenient one-handed wire stripping and tinning method to get the job done. Just don’t burn yourself, please.
Note that this one requires a bit of two-handed cheating in the first step, but if you really want to do it one-handed, you can always build a third hand that’ll hold the wire for you.
#8 Light A Match
From the “showing off at a party” files, lighting a match with one hand is a sure-fire way to burn yourself… or look cool (seriously, be careful with this one). It’s pretty easy to do with any set of matches, though if you have a set of strike-anywhere matches, you can even do it using just your thumb. Of course, if that’s a little too close to skin for you, you can always use your pants zipper as well.
#7 Do Anything On Your Computer
Image: Daniel Novta
We’d be remiss not to mention some sort of computer trick here — this is Lifehacker, after all — but after searching for the most mind-blowing keyboard shortcuts we could find, we discovered the true one-handed computer marvel is the fact that you can turn any action into a keyboard shortcut, on both Windows and OS X. That means you can do virtually anything on your computer with just a one-handed keystroke. Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit more impressive than that, you can always learn how to type one-handed, too.
#6 Get The World’s Attention
#5 Crack An Egg
top 10 things every budding foodie should knowhow to crack an egg with one hand
#4 Open A Beer
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#3 Shuffle A Deck Of Cards
#2 Tie Your Shoes
You can tie them in two seconds flat with the Ian Knotlearn Ian’s one-handed knot
Alternatively, you can tie your shoes using a more traditional knot using one hand and one of your feet to keep one of the laces in place, as shown in the video to the left. The advantage of Ian’s knot is that it’s not only faster, but if you really want to get crazy, you can use it to tie both of your shoes at once. If that doesn’t get you access to the cool club, I don’t know what will.
#1 Eat A Chicken Wing
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There are probably other neat, one-handed tricks out there, but these are our favourites of the ones we found. Of course, you could always include tricks that free up one of your hands — like this magnetic coffee cup — but we wanted to stick to the “one hand only” rule as much as possible.
Got any of your own one-handed tricks to share (you know, that don’t involve Chrome’s private browsing mode)? Tell us about them in the comments.
This story has been updated since its original publication.