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Putting common office supplies to new and interesting uses is definitely old-school life hacking, and one of the most versatile items you can use are zip ties. Here are ten things you can do with cable ties when you're feeling like a cubicle MacGyver.

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Cake is the happiest of foods, which is why a dry, crumbly cake is so sad. This problem can be solved one of two ways: You can eat the entire cake in one day (this isn't a terrible plan), or you can peel an apple.

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Most pistachios aren't that big of a challenge to open, but every once in a while you'll encounter one that simply will not crack under the pressure of nimble fingers. A nutcracker would be helpful, but if you don't have one of those, you can use a garlic press.

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Ice cream is supposed to be cold but, when you're scooping for a large party, the frozen dessert can seem a little too frozen. Letting it sit out for a bit renders it scoopable around the perimeter, but hard and icy in the middle. To get that silky smooth, creamy texture throughout, try using your stand mixer.

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Some hacks, tips, and tricks work perfectly and go off without a hitch, making your life easier in the process. Others don't work at all and leave a mess in their wake, making your life harder. We want to hear your worst life hack horror stories.