Any COVID-19 ‘Cure’ Is a Scam

Any COVID-19 ‘Cure’ Is a Scam

This is your periodic reminder that there is still no known cure, nor specific pharmaceutical preventative or treatment, for COVID-19. So if anybody is selling one, it’s a scam.

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Weird’ Meat

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Weird’ Meat

About three years ago, I removed a pig’s face from its skull, packed it with herbs, zest, and spices, and sous-vided it for many hours to make a porchetta di testa. This process was recorded and made into a video (my first for Lifehacker), and it made a lot of…

How to Match Your Kid With a Bike That Fits

How to Match Your Kid With a Bike That Fits

It used to be that when it was time to buy my son a new bike, we’d take him to the store and let him try a couple out. Usually just him sitting on one for a few moments was enough to tell us if a bike was too small,…

How to Enter Queensland Now That Borders Have Reopened

How to Enter Queensland Now That Borders Have Reopened

Queensland finally opened its borders on 10 July as part of the government’s roadmap to easing restrictions. While we’ve all anxiously awaited this move, there are very specific rules and restrictions that apply. So, before you make your way to the Sunshine State, it’s strongly advised to read through the…

Add an Egg Yolk to Your Grits and Savoury Oatmeal

Add an Egg Yolk to Your Grits and Savoury Oatmeal

The egg yolk is the best part of the egg. There is no denying this. Yolks are basically neat little orbs of rich, golden sauce that taste good on everything, and you should add them to your savoury breakfast cereals, especially grits.

Why You Can’t Ever Remember Your Email Password

Why You Can’t Ever Remember Your Email Password

We can all collectively agree that remembering email passwords is a massive pain so why can’t we once and for all find a way to keep just one burnt in our memory? New research by NordPass, a password manager, on Google search queries has revealed that 48 per cent of…

Is Watching Porn Harmful for Your Health?

Is Watching Porn Harmful for Your Health?

Let’s be honest: during coronavirus lockdown it was hard to resist the allure of internet intimacy. Rates of watching porn skyrocketed in Australia during isolation. But have you ever wondered what effects consuming adult content can have on your health? We asked five experts whether watching porn is bad for…

Why You Should Feed Your Cat 5 Times a Day

Why You Should Feed Your Cat 5 Times a Day

Do you have the kind of cat who paws at your face at an ungodly hour of the morning until you finally relent and get up? Does s/he then proceed to meow and whine until you fill up their food bowl? It’s not that your cat is unusually gluttonous; it…

Help Kids Learn Important Life Skills With This Book

Help Kids Learn Important Life Skills With This Book

The timing of the release of the new book How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up really couldn’t be better. I’m sure author Catherine Newman wasn’t expecting or intending for her book focused on teaching kids basic life skills to be released…

Label Your Kid’s Dresser Drawers With What Belongs Inside

Label Your Kid’s Dresser Drawers With What Belongs Inside

If your kid is resistant to putting away clothing, toys or other items, there is a good chance they just don’t feel like cleaning up. But if it has become a regular battle in which their opposition to the request seems disproportionate to the ask, there could be something deeper…

Yes, Letting a Pet Lick You Can Be Deadly

Yes, Letting a Pet Lick You Can Be Deadly

We’ve likely all had a friendly dog give us a slobbery smooch at some point in our lives but, in some cases, it can actually be fatal. Any good dog lover will tell you their dog loves to show its love by delivering a slurpy lick directly to their face….

Why the New H.266/VCC Video Codec Is a Big Deal

Why the New H.266/VCC Video Codec Is a Big Deal

The new h.266 video codec is a pretty big deal. You can’t play with it yet — tempted as you might be to go install Handbrake and bask in video encodes that are half the size of your already-optimised h.265 videos — but its very existence will speed up the…

The Car Brands With the Highest Maintenance Costs Over Time

The Car Brands With the Highest Maintenance Costs Over Time

The true cost of owning a car goes well beyond the sticker price, beyond fixed costs like annual registration fees and monthly car insurance, even beyond the exquisite pain of the occasional parking ticket. Though you might think of it as little more than regular oil changes and a set…

Soak Your Watermelon in a Negroni

Soak Your Watermelon in a Negroni

Soaking watermelon in some sort of alcohol is hardly a new strategy. I’ve traditionally favoured vodka or tequila ” both of which are perfectly serviceable ” as pretty much any single liquor can serve as a watermelon’s bathwater. But why stop at one when you could build a complete cocktail?…

Risk Isn’t Just About You

Risk Isn’t Just About You

In the great American spirit of independence, some people in the U.S. have come up with an extremely shitty take on pandemic safety precautions. It goes something like: “I feel safe doing this. If you don’t, you should stay home.”

It’s Not Healthy to Feel Super Guilty About Calories

It’s Not Healthy to Feel Super Guilty About Calories

Food can be fraught with emotion and meaning. When it’s labelled with a number of calories, even more so, because that number matches the food to your weight, your exercise habits, and your potentially complicated feelings about both.

Let Your Toddler Play With Birdseed

Let Your Toddler Play With Birdseed

If you’re the parent of a toddler or preschooler, chances are you’ve discovered the joy (and the mess) that sensory activities can bring. When my son was that age, a bin full of strange material would occupy him for many minutes at a time — certainly more than plastic toys…

How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behaviour Expert Zazie Todd

How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behaviour Expert Zazie Todd

Have you ever wondered why your cat bites you after just three pets? Or how to get your dog to chill out and stop barking? We’re uncovering the mysteries of our four-legged friends this week with help from animal behaviour expert Zazie Todd. In this episode, you’ll hear about the underlying…

Brush Your Homemade Pita Chips With Honey

Brush Your Homemade Pita Chips With Honey

Getting food to go, even from your favourite restaurant, is not the same experience as eating at that restaurant. For instance, my favourite Lebanese restaurant (Nicholas) always sends out a giant pita for the table, which is served on its very own pedestal. Not only do I not have a…

How to Reverse Park Your Car Like a Pro [Infographic]

How to Reverse Park Your Car Like a Pro [Infographic]

Drivers who reverse parallel park their cars without even thinking about it are the target of my envy. For me, and others in a similar situation, it’s a prolonged nightmare where every turn of the wheel does the opposite of what you were expecting. Meanwhile, multiple bystanders are watching your…

Scammers Stole $634 Million From Aussies in 2019 — Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Scammers Stole $634 Million From Aussies in 2019 — Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Last year, Australians reported more than A$634 million lost to scammers, a significant jump from $489.7 million the year before. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its latest annual Targeting Scams report. But despite increased awareness, scam alerts and targeted education campaigns, more Australians are being targeted…

How to Watch a 10-Year Time Lapse Video of the Sun

How to Watch a 10-Year Time Lapse Video of the Sun

As children, we were told not to stare (or even look directly at) the sun because it could hurt our eyes. Sure, that makes sense, but it also adds to the mystery of the sun. We know it’s bright, but what exactly does it look like? Thanks to NASA, you…

Learn the Difference Between ‘Loneliness’ and ‘Being Alone’

Learn the Difference Between ‘Loneliness’ and ‘Being Alone’

For the past few years, we’ve been told that loneliness is a public health crisis, as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes each day. The messaging is that we’re people — people who need people — and spending too much time by ourselves is a major problem. Oh, but at the…