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I can't believe I reached my mid-30s before this occurred to me. I'll loaf around, pre- and post-gym, in workout gear that never has enough (rarely any) pockets. In cold weather, a jacket or hoodie solves the problem nicely. But in the summer? You can wear a sleeveless hoodie.

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You know the drill when it comes to aeroplane etiquette. Keep your bags stowed in your overhead bin, fasten your seatbelts, and practice some mindfulness after getting out of the way for yet another bathroom run. Sure, after takeoff you'll be able to use your devices, but if you've only got your smartphone on you, or want to help your child watch a flick hands-free, watching a film with your neck arched downward for a few hours may become uncomfortable. Luckily, all you need to fix your ergonomic issues is a ziploc bag and some wireless headphones.

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In the great game of lunchbox snack trading, few items hold as much clout as a a violently pink or -- if you're very lucky -- tie-dye fruit roll-up. Though I still have a soft spot for the confection, I would hesitate to include it in my five-a-day count. Luckily, you can get more fruit in your fruit snack by making your own.

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We spend a good portion of the day using our sense of hearing, but we know very little about how to maintain our ears properly. There's a lot of confusion out there about how to properly take care of our ears and maintain earwax, so let's set the record straight.

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The recipe for McDonald's Big Mac sauce has allegedly been leaked online and it is -- as most mass-produced sauces are -- a long list of oil, corn syrup, stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavourings and preservatives. It's (kind of) interesting, but not exactly helpful for those who want to replicate the sweet and tangy special sauce for their burgers at home.

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I bet you, like me, took a gander at the cloaks of the Night's Watch on Game of Thrones and thought, "Damn, if they weren't so flea-infested and covered in the blood of the dead I'd wear that in a heartbeat. Where do I even get a cloak like that?" Well you can fashion a cloak of your own the same way the show's costume designer does: With SKOLD and LUDDE sheepskin rugs from friggin' IKEA.

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Dear Lifehacker, I recently read about a guy who got a letter from the council saying that he needed to apply for planning approval of a cubby house that he had built in his backyard over 12 months prior. (Apparently it's the same deal as with a shed, requiring council approval.) Why is that the case? Why does anyone building anything on their own property need to ask the council for permission?

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Heavy sleepers might need a little something stronger than your standard alarm clock. Some ask you to throw them against a wall, while others roll around the floor wailing, but none of them take direct action to wake you up. Furniture maker and Instructables user 1UpLiving decided to make his alarm clock a little more functional, adding the delightful feature of literally pulling the sheets off of his sleeping body in the morning.

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If you're still using the office's water cooler to judge your office's morale, you might need an upgrade. Sometimes keeping track of how you feel can be as simple as pressing a button. That's what SEO specialist and programmer Katja Budnikov accomplished after constructing an office happiness tracker during her company's hackathon.

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The Mac mini's latest release was over 1000 days ago. That's over two years since the incredibly small and lovable machine got some love, and aeons in the PC industry when it comes to updates. If you have your own Mac mini you adore and want to keep alive, a little know-how, some extra components and a few dongles are all you need to keep it up and running until the next Mac mini debuts... whenever it damn well pleases, really.

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Have you ever stared at an empanada, willing it to tell you what delicious filling it contained within its pastry walls? If this scenario sounds familiar, I have good news: You can -- as Twitter user @savelexi has shown us -- emboss your pastry dough with identifying information, so you never have to wonder if you're reaching for chicken or beef ever again.

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Kids and electronics usually don't mix. I have more than one broken headphone jack and a missing iPod thanks to my siblings. With my family visiting this week, my younger sister will be looking for something controller-shaped to play with and promptly demolish. So I'm prepping my living room's game controllers for the reckoning with some Sugru, the silicone and rubber adhesive putty that lets you customise basically everything you own.

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While there are plenty of amazing pre-built mechanical keyboards on the market these days, it can be tough to find one with the perfect combination of switches, keycaps, case and electronics. The solution? Build your own. It's much easier than it sounds. It just takes the right parts, a couple of tools and a relatively modest investment.