How to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

How to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

Zippers haven’t changed much since they were first invented, and neither have the problems we all have with them. From stuck zippers to teeth that just won’t clinch, here’s how to fix all the problems you’ll run into with anything that zips.

How to Lift in Kilos When You’re Used to Pounds

How to Lift in Kilos When You’re Used to Pounds

The first time I lifted at a gym where the weights are in kilos, my well-honed plate maths skills became suddenly useless. The numbers were all different, the plates were funny colours, and yet, before long, I discovered I kinda liked it that way.

Add ‘Nduja to Your Grits

Add ‘Nduja to Your Grits

Haters (people from New England) have said that grits are too “mushy,” but mush can be a glorious thing. Sometimes you don’t need texture or contrast; sometimes you just need something that’s warm, delicious, and scoopable. Sometimes (mornings), you don’t want to chew that hard.

How to Weigh a Dinosaur

How to Weigh a Dinosaur

It’s pretty great talking to a kid midway through their dinosaur phase. They almost definitely know more dino facts and stats than you do, but they also have a lot of unanswerable questions about what happened to the creatures before they went extinct. It makes sense: it’s kind of hard…

How to Deal With Your Mask Anxiety

How to Deal With Your Mask Anxiety

When I first came across this post from the Cleveland Clinic about mask anxiety, I thought it had something to do with anxiety caused by other people refusing to wear masks. And while that is certainly something many of us have been struggling with over the past several months, the…

Put a Fitted Sheet on Right the First Time, Every Time

Put a Fitted Sheet on Right the First Time, Every Time

There are two absolute certainties in my life: I’ll never be able to insert a USB correctly on the first try, and I’ll always have to rotate my fitted sheet at least once before I manage to affix it to all four corners of my mattress. But I’ve recently come…

How We Weigh Dinosaurs

How We Weigh Dinosaurs

The most emblematic feature of dinosaurs is their body size. Some dinosaurs reached enormous sizes during the Mesozoic Era which ended 66 million years ago, with some species maybe even approaching 100 tonnes. The largest animals ever to walk on Earth were almost certainly dinosaurs. But how do we know…

15 Father’s Day Deals In Case You Completely Forgot

15 Father’s Day Deals In Case You Completely Forgot

Father’s Day is on the horizon, so it’s time to put something in your basket and buy it for dear old dad. We’ve put together top Father’s Day deals across key categories, ranging from bargains that won’t break the bank to more extravagant options if you want to spoil the…

The 20 Most In-Demand Jobs in Australia Right Now

The 20 Most In-Demand Jobs in Australia Right Now

Having a job, let alone a stable one, in Australia right now is something of a privilege. The country’s GDP has dropped off an economic cliff, effective unemployment is at an all-time high high and new job postings are lower than previous years. Despite the gloom the world’s facing, there…

How to Scan Documents With Windows 10

How to Scan Documents With Windows 10

While we might like to think we are moving towards a paperless world, the journey is taking a little longer than many of us expected. So, I have a couple of scanners in my home office; a Fujitsu ScanSnap 1300i and a Fuji Xerox CM315z multi-function device. I needed to…

This Is Why You’re Not Having Sex

This Is Why You’re Not Having Sex

We are, as a society, having much less sex than we used to, according to Time. Reporter Belinda Luscombe delved into research that indicates people everywhere are just not entertaining themselves by fornicating anymore. For example, the National Opinion Research Council at the University of Chicago claimed that the number…

The Perfect Cocktail Sauce Is Heinz With Extra Horseradish

The Perfect Cocktail Sauce Is Heinz With Extra Horseradish

After nearly three decades of eating (and making) shrimp cocktail, I have come to an inescapable conclusion: It is really hard to do better than Heinz cocktail sauce, especially if you add extra horseradish. I’ve tried fancier, more expensive brands of cocktail sauce, and I’ve made my own, but I…

You Need to Season Your Fake Meat

You Need to Season Your Fake Meat

When it comes to meat substitutes like those made by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, I’ve noticed people a tendency to think of them as packaged, complete products, like frozen pizza rolls or chicken nuggets. Just cook, eat, et voila, not even the most discerning meat eater could tell they…

How a COVID Bubble System Could Work in Australia

How a COVID Bubble System Could Work in Australia

The concept of a COVID-19 “germ bubble” refers to close contacts with whom we don’t practise mask use or keep physical distancing. In strict lockdown, this generally means just the members of your own household. But several countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, have experimented with bubbles…

The Best Ways to Get Windows 10 for Free

The Best Ways to Get Windows 10 for Free

Even Zune-clutching Windows loyalists have to admit that Mac owners have it pretty great ” at least, they do now. Apple hasn’t charged for macOS, nor macOS updates, for years. Of course, you need to buy your computer from Apple to use macOS (pretty much), but at least the operating…

How to Turn Off Alexa’s Creepy ‘Whisper Mode’

How to Turn Off Alexa’s Creepy ‘Whisper Mode’

I love my smart speaker — as much as one can ever love a piece of privacy-stealing technology that only exists to gather information about you, I suppose — but that doesn’t mean I don’t find many things about it creepy, in a dystopian sort of way. And one of…

Take a Free Course on COVID-19 From MIT

Take a Free Course on COVID-19 From MIT

Beginning September 2 at 1:30 a.m. AEST, MIT is offering a course on “COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic.” The course’s lectures will be livestreamed every Tuesday and are free to the public. (Only enrolled students can ask questions, but everyone can watch.)

What Parents Need to Know About Twitch

What Parents Need to Know About Twitch

First, our kids decided it was exciting to watch other kids “unbox” new toys or other items. Now, watching other people play video games — or do, basically, whatever — live online is the height of entertainment. That’s why the live-streaming platform Twitch has grown in popularity; it is primarily…

66 Useful Things to Ask Google Assistant

66 Useful Things to Ask Google Assistant

Google’s voice-activated AI tool — AKA Google Assistant — is getting smarter and more useful with every new update. If it’s been a while since you used it last, you might be surprised by the huge number of tasks it can now help with. Here are 66 useful questions and…

A Caffeine Nap Might Be the Work Pick-Me-Up You Need

A Caffeine Nap Might Be the Work Pick-Me-Up You Need

Working a full-time job can be exhausting and it’s only made worse if you’re working during unconventional hours too. A new study suggests the mythical caffeine nap might be what night shift workers need to stay awake and concentrated. The study, published in Chronobiology International and conducted by researchers at the University…

You Can Unlock YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture Mode in iOS 14

You Can Unlock YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture Mode in iOS 14

Picture-in-picture mode is coming to iOS 14 (soon-ish?), but when it does, it probably won’t be available for the one video app you likely use more than any other: YouTube. That will change soon, too — YouTube is rolling out support for picture-in-picture mode right now — but odds are…

Why Won’t Windows Recognise My Android Phone?

Why Won’t Windows Recognise My Android Phone?

You have an Android. Check. You have a computer. Check, check. You want to connect your Android to your computer to rip files off of it (or add files to it, like all those ringtones you spent hours designing). Check times three. You plug your phone in to your desktop…

The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Swallow Your Gum

The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Swallow Your Gum

Rumour has it that if you swallow chewing gum, it will stay lodged in your gut for seven years — a bezoar minus the magical poison-curing properties. Of course, as we’ve told you before, this isn’t true. But that doesn’t mean you have licence to swallow your gum willy-nilly —…

Expand Your Vocabulary With This Site of Untranslatable Words

Expand Your Vocabulary With This Site of Untranslatable Words

One of the best parts of learning a new language is discovering words that we don’t have in English. Many of them describe a specific feeling or mindset — like schadenfreude — that we’ve experienced, but have never had a word to capture it. Some of these words are so…