1. Try this game: Ask people these questions, in this order: “What’s 1+1? What’s 2+2? What’s 4+4? What’s 8+8?” Then ask them to name a vegetable. They almost always say carrot.
2. When arguing with someone, act much calmer than them. This can cause them to say something particularly irrational which you can use against them.
3. Nodding your head while asking a question makes the other person more likely to agree with you.
4. When high-fiving, look at their elbow and you’ll never miss.
5. If you have a song stuck in your head that you can’t seem to get out, think of the end of the song and it should go away. This is due to something called theZeigarnik effect, which is basically your mind having a problem with things left unfinished.
6. If you want to get your child to do something, say, drink milk, do whatTigerlily1510 says: “Ask your son if he wants milk and he’ll say no, but ask him if he wants milk in a blue cup or a red cup and he’ll choose a colour and drink his milk! Magic!”
7. Use silence to your advantage when negotiating. People have a natural tendency to be uncomfortable with silence, and will often do whatever it takes to break it. Just be patient.
8. If you want someone to believe your lie, add an embarrassing detail about yourself. For example: “Instead of saying, “No I wasn’t at Jimson James’ house. I was with Randy the whole time.” Try saying, “No I haven’t been to Jimsons’ in a while. I clogged his toilet so I don’t think his parents want me over there for a while… so me and Randy hung out.”
9. When you tell a joke in a big group of people, the person who you turn to look at first is the person you’re closest to.
10. Do this to someone: Tell them to look into your eyes and say they can’t stop looking.
Ask them what they had for lunch three days ago and chances are they won’t be able to answer. It’s very hard to remember something without moving your eyes.
11. Whispering something to someone almost guarantees that they’ll whisper back.
12. When trying to find something, look right to left instead of left to right. You’re more likely to miss things because your eyes are used to looking one way.
13. If you want someone to believe a totally untrue story, repeat it three separate times adding details each time. For example: “You can say to someone ‘remember that time at school, when Mr Smith accidentally ran over the math teacher in the teacher’s car park?’ The first time they won’t and will question you, but then repeat the same thing later with a couple of details thrown in and the third time you mention it, they will remember it happening.”
14. According to SpenFen, use the power of priming. For example, Tell someone this: “What is the word spelled ‘S-H-O-P’?” Make sure that they say: “Shop.” Then immediately ask them: “What do you do when you come to a green light?” Their answer will likely be wrong.”
15. Having someone do a favor for you is a good way to get them to like youmore.
16. If you’re playing a game against someone and you want them to mess up, ask them how exactly they’re playing so well. They’ll overthink it.
17. If you want to mess with someone who’s counting something, say a set of numbers in order instead of saying random numbers. They’re brain will catch onto the pattern.
18. From Two_Times_Thirty: “Bet a friend/family member that they can’t taste the difference between whole/2%/1%/skim milk, or some combination thereof. Blindfold them and have them begin tasting the milks. Now, replace the last milk with orange juice. The brain prepares the body for milk, and the unexpected acidity usually causes a gag reflex, and sometimes vomiting. Keep a bucket handy.”
19. Let’s say you’re carrying something you don’t want to be carrying. Easy fix, just follow rarabara’s advice: “If you want to get get rid of an object, for example walking with a friend after you bought a 2l coke bottle and want him to carry it, just keep talking to him while handing him the bottle, most of the times people will just take the object automatically without thinking.”
20. Here’s how to win rock, paper, scissors every time: “Right before you are about to count (or interrupt the count) catch the person off-guard with a personal question, or something directed at them. Then immediately after just resume the count like nothing happened. Most of the time the person will throw scissors as a sort of automatic defensive mechanism.”
21. Use your eyes to control people, according to unimatrix_0: “People naturally look in the direction they want to go, so they’ll look at your eyes to ascertain which way you’re heading. This also means you can divert someone else’s path by looking in a direction that would cause a collision.”
22. Finally, the master of them all, according to farceur318: “Go up to someone in a restaurant and tell them to close their eyes and picture a playing card. While they are doing this, eat as much of their food as you can and run away.”
22 Mindblowing Mind Tricks You Can Use To Fool All Your Friends
Great Scott! You missed it this entire time.
Of course everyone remembers the near-perfect film Back to the Future. But did you know the classic 1985 film has one of the best Easter eggs ever?
Near the beginning of the film, Marty is woken up by a phone call from Doc Brown, who wants to meet him at the mall to film an experiment (which is of course the time machine).
The mall that Marty meets Doc at is named Twin Pines Mall.
Of course, the mall is also the location where Marty time travels back to 1955 from, after Doc Brown is killed by Libyan terrorists.
In 1955, the location where Twin Pines Mall would be is a ranch owned by a man named Mr. Peabody, who happens to mistake Marty and the DeLorean time machine for a Martian and a UFO.
As Marty flees Mr. Peabody’s ranch — so that he wouldn’t be killed — he happens to run over one of two pines that sit near the Peabodys’ house.
The ranch happened to be named after those two pines: Twin Pines Ranch.
While in 1955, Marty is told by Doc that any actions he takes will have serious consequences and could potentially change the future.
When Marty eventually goes back to 1985, he sets the time machine back a few minutes earlier, to give him time to get to the mall and try to stop Doc from being killed.
But, Marty doesn’t go back to the same mall. In fact, there was a big clue in front of him that he had already altered the future. The mall was now called Lone Pine Mall.
Yup, Marty and us viewers got an early clue that he had changed the future.
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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Clarissa Dalloway is planning a party and we’re all welcome. Her story weaves in and out of the modern world between her high-society life as a wife and mother, all the way back to her charmed youth and falling in love with Sally Seton.
Lesson: Our minds often travel back to our happiest moments, and our happiest moments are usually the ones we spent being authentic.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Therese and Carol come into each other’s lives when both are desperately in need of love and understanding. Unfortunately, being together may mean making the choice between the family they know and love, and the family of two they’ve become.
Lesson: There are more than just happy or sad endings. Some endings are about hope, or at the very least, forgiveness.
When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
In this poetry collection, Natalie Diaz writes us into her world and invites us into the lives of her family, community, and even her ancestors. While the book is indeed about her brother, he serves as more of a frame for the stories that arise around him.
Lesson: Your sexuality is only one part of your identity, and it’s OK if it’s not the most important part.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
After the death of Cameron’s parents, her conservative family members are charged with raising her — as she’s just discovering her sexuality when she’s outed, and sent to Camp Promise for conversion therapy.
Lesson: There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s something wrong with anyone who’s threatened by your sexuality.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
In a time when poor black women are worth only as much as their looks and ability to conceive, Celie is a woman with neither to offer. After being separated from her sister, she thinks herself unworthy of affection or kind words until she falls under the spell of juke joint singer Shug Avery.
Lesson: There is always someone willing to love you past your pain whether it be family, friend, or lover. One way or another, we find our sisters.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Alison Bechdel’s father was a funeral director, perfectionist, and closeted gay man. While driving to his funeral, she wonders if coming out to him was the last straw that lead to his death.
Lesson: You can’t live your life in service to others’ perceptions of you. Being who you are is always the right move.
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Two teen girls, Liza and Annie, come from different backgrounds but have one very important thing in common: love. Struggling with high school and fear of what happens after, the girls are comforted by promising forever to one another, but things don’t always work out the way we plan.
Lesson: Don’t give up on the girl you love.
Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
When Idgie falls in love with Ruth, a series of events closely follow: a rescue, the opening of a café, and a murder. In small-town Birmingham, two women protect and provide for people in need, all while building a life of their own.
Lesson: You get more than one shot at building a family. Sometimes, the best families are the ones we piece together.
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
The narrator (who isn’t named), is a bit of a mess when it comes to love. She leaves her current partner for a woman named Louise, eventually having to make the choice between loving her or saving her life.
Lesson: Don’t make decisions for people you love without including them in the conversation. It never ends well.
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
A collection of essays unflinching in lyricism, critical reasoning, and keeping it real. Required reading for feminists, women of color, and you.
Lesson: There’s a big, bad patriarchy out there. You’ll need to know who you’re fighting before you throw a punch.
Inferno by Eileen Myles
The story of a young writer discovering her sexuality against the backdrop of New York City’s punk scene. Eileen Myles is the voice of the underground and she’s dragging you down with her.
Lesson: We all go through phases of bad behavior. It’s important to remember that a phase is a phase because it has an end.
Aimee & Jaguar by Erica Fischer
In 1943 Berling, Lilly’s husband is a philandering Nazi officer, and her new lover is a Jewish lesbian. Thus begins the story of two women in love living on borrowed time.
Lesson: Love does not conquer all, and it may not save you. But it’s worth the risk.
The Gilda Stories by Jewell Gomez
Gilda is a black, bisexual vampire whose story spans from 1850 to 2050. Jewelle Gomez has written one of the most unlikely characters of modern literature, and she’s written her journey beautifully.
Lesson: Everyone can be insecure in moments. You are not the only person who doesn’t have it all figured out.
Rent Girl by Michelle Tea
Recounting her years as a prostitute, Michelle Tea allows the book’s readers to dive into a world they’re mostly unfamiliar with and infinitely curious about. How does a lesbian woman love herself and her body in the wake of so many men? Read and find out.
Lesson: There’s no right way to be a lesbian.
After Delores by Sarah Schulman
Delores left the narrator, and the narrator is pissed. She bought a gun, she’s usually wasted, and like some bumbling private eye, she’s on the hunt for justice for all the women like her: hurt and invisible.
Lesson: The world can be hard on a woman who loves women. You get to be angry about that. Just don’t let the anger destroy you.
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Chrome is overtaking Firefox among power users, and for good reason. It's an incredibly powerful, extensible web browser with tons of excellent features. Today, we're covering it all—from longtime shortcuts to the latest features in one of our favorite web browsers.
Title image remixed from an original by Lok Yek Mang (Shutterstock).
Google Chrome updates automatically, and those updates come around even faster on the Chromium developers channel. With such frequent updates it can be hard to keep track of all the great new stuff coming your way. So, just like ourother always up-to-date guides, we've created this power user's guide to Chrome. It features our favorite advanced features, updated with every new version.
Interface Tips and Tricks
Chrome benefits from one of the more attractive, compact, and configurable interfaces you'll find among modern web browsers. Here are some great ways to customize its interface.
Pin Tabs You Always Keep Open: With much of what we do on our computers migrating to the web, you probably visit a lot of the same web sites frequently, quickly cluttering up the top of your browser window. Pinning tabs saves those often-visited sites so you don't have to constantly reopen them while making that tab extra compact so it doesn't take up too much room. To pin a tab, just right-click on it and choose "Pin Tab". It'll shuffle over to the left side of the window and stay put until you decide to close it.
Decorate Your Browser Windows with Themes: Google created 15 simple themes to let you add a little personalization to Chrome, but other artists have created many, many more. I'm partial to the way Chrome looks by default, but if you're looking for personalization or just a change of style, just visit the Chrome Theme Gallery and pick out something that you love.
The Most Time-Saving Shortcuts
Chrome is full of useful shortcuts to help make your browsing experience better and faster. There are too many to include here, so we've whittled down the list to the ones we find most useful.
Note: If you're a Mac user, just substitute the "Control" key for the "Command" key (and know that the "Alt" and "Option" keys are the same) when performing these shortcuts, unless a specific alternative is noted.
Navigate Back and Forward Through Web Pages: If you want to go back to the previous page, instead of clicking the back button just press Backspace (Delete on a Mac). To go forward in your history, press Shift+Backspace (Shift+Delete on a Mac) instead. Windows users can also use the Alt+Left Arrow to go back and Alt+Right Arrow to go forward as well.
Reload a Page: Although many web apps refresh themselves nowadays, many sites (like this one) require the reload button to check for new content. You can reload faster from your keyboard, however, by pressing Control+R on your keyboard. Additionally, if you're reloading the page for new content but it isn't showing up, Control+Shift+R will perform a hard refresh. This means Chrome will ignore the cached copy of the page and reload everything from scratch so you know you're getting the latest version. (Alternatively, Windows users can use Control+F5 and Control+Shift+F5 to perform these same actions, respectively.)
Navigate Through Your Tabs: Navigating through your browser tabs is really easy via the keyboard. Just press Control+Tab to move to the right, and Control+Shift+Tab to move to the left. (On a Mac use Command+Option+Right Arrow and Command+Option+Left Arrow instead.) This will let you cycle through your tabs quickly.
Jump to the Top or Bottom of a Page: Web pages can get pretty long (like this one). If you want to quickly jump to the top of a page, press the Home key on your keyboard. If you want to go straight to the bottom, press the End key.
Find Text on a Page: If you want to search for text within a page, just press Control+F on your keyboard and start typing your search term. Chrome will search as you type, but pressing the Enter key will begin cycling through the results in chronological order. Conversely, pressing Shift+Enter will cycle backwards through the results.
Open a New Tab or Window: To create a new tab in Chrome, just press Control+T on your keyboard. If you want a new Window, press Control+N instead. Either way you'll be presented with a blank window and can start typing in the URL to any site your wish. Alternatively you can enter a URL in the address bar and press Alt+Enter (Command+Return on the Mac) to create a new tab with that page.
Close a Tab or Window: To close a tab, press Control+W on your keyboard. To close an entire window and all its tabs, press Control+Shift+W. (Windows users can also use Control+F4 and Control+Shift+F4 to perform the same actions, respectively, as well.)
Reopen a Closed Tab or Window: Sometimes you close a window or tab by accident and want it back. This is when you realize that Control+Shift+T is the most useful combination of keys your web browser can provide. In Chrome, this shortcut will reopen the last tab or window you closed and load the page again. (Note: This does not work with private browsing sessions because your history isn't recorded.)
Start a Private Browsing Session: When you're, uh, not looking at porn and are using private browsing for another useful purpose, you can create a new incognito window via the keyboard by pressing Control+Shift+N.
Access the Omnibar: When you need to get to the omnibar (the address + search bar) in Chrome, you can do so easily by just pressing Control+L on your keyboard. In an instant you'll be magically transported to the omnibar and can start typing your URL or search term.
Open a Link in a New Tab: If you want to open a link in a new tab, hold down the control key and click on it. You can also get the same result by click on the link with your middle mouse button (if you've got one). Adding the shift key to either of these shortcuts will open the new tab and select it immediately, rather than opening it in the background.
Bookmark the Current Page: When you want to save the current page to your bookmarks, pressing Control+D on your keyboard will do the trick. Chrome will then present you with a little window asking you to name your bookmark and select a location where it can live. In the event you want to bookmark every tab in the current window, just press Control+Shift+D instead.
Autocomplete a URL Ending in .COM: If you're typing in a URL and you want to save yourself some time, don't bother with the www. or the .com (e.g www.lifehacker.com would just be lifehacker). When you're finished, press Control+Enter (it's also Control+Enter on the Mac) and Chrome will take care of the extra work for you.
Customize Chrome's Settings
Chrome works pretty well by default, but there is so much you can customize if you dig into its settings pages. Windows users can quickly access Chrome's settings by clicking on the wrench icon in the tool bar and choosing Options. Mac users can do the same by clicking on the wrench icon and choosing Preferences (or pressing Command+, on the keyboard). Either platform can also access the settings pages by simply typing
chrome://chrome/settings into the omnibar. However you get there, you'll be presented with four sections to choose from. Let's go over each individually and look at the neat things you can do in each.
To get started, open the settings panel in Chrome and start at the top.
Change Chrome's Startup Behavior: The startup section allows you to define what happens when Chrome starts up. You can have Chrome load your default home page, reopen everything you had open when you last closed Chrome, or open a specific set of pages you want to view every time you start up. This is really handy if you open and close your browser every day and want it to get you started with your favorite sites every time you start up.
Customize Your Search Engines: The Search section is where you set your default search engine. When you launched Chrome for the first time, it probably asked you if you'd like to use Google, Yahoo!, or Bing every time you type in a search term in the omnibar. If you have Google set as your default, this is also where you can check a box to enable Google Instant search.
Add multiple users to Chrome: Chrome allows you to have multiple accounts, so you can share Chrome on the same computer with multiple people. You can create a user for you and your significant other, or your roommate, or whoever you need. You can also create multiple user accounts for yourself if you want to separate sessions. This is useful if you have multiple Google accounts (say a regular Google account and a Google apps account) and have trouble switching between them seamlessly.
This is also where you can manage your search engines, which is a very cool feature. By default, Chrome tries to recognize search functionality on sites every time you use it. So, for example, if you searched 123people.com then Chrome would record it as one of your search engines. The benefit of this is when you type in 123people.com in the omnibar and press the tab key on your keyboard, you'll then be able to type in a search term and press enter to search 123people.com without first visiting the site. Sometimes Chrome won't pick up on these search engines, however, so you can add new ones manually in this panel. Just go down to the bottom of the page to find a space to enter a new option. First add a name of your choosing, the keyword you need to type to start the search (e.g. yahoo.com for Yahoo), and then a special search string. A sample search string for Yahoo looks like this:
If you look at the URL you can see I searched for the term "lifehacker", but Chrome's asking us to replace our query with %s instead. So we need to change lifehacker to %s like this:
Once you do that just press enter to add your new, custom search engine. If you want to access this panel faster, without the need to go into the settings panel, just right click on the omnibar in any window and choose Edit Search Engines.
To get started, open Chrome's settings and scroll to the sections described below.
Save Passwords and Automatically Fill Out Forms: By default, Chrome will offer to save any password you enter when browsing the web. If you don't want this functionality, you can tell Chrome to "Never save passwords" instead in the Passwords section. This is also where you can manage your saved passwords in case you want to alter or delete any you've previously saved.
Chrome is also capable of storing address and credit card data so you can use it to automatically fill out forms. You can set this up in the Autofill section by checking the "Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click" checkbox and then the "Manage Autofill Settings..." button to start filling in your addresses and credit cards.
Import Data from Another Browser: Perhaps you're new to Chrome and you want to import data from your previous web browser. In the Browsing Data section, just click the "Import Data from Another Browser..." button and you'll be presented with a Window with a few options. Select the browser you want, then check off the data you want to import and Chrome will do the rest.
Sync All Your Data: Chrome is great at synchronizing the majority of your browser data, including bookmarks, extensions, apps, passwords, autofill information, preferences, and themes. The Sync section is where you set it up. Just click the "Set up sync..." button and log in with your Google Account. That's all you'll really have to do to get started with syncing everything, but you can click on "Advanced Settings" if you want to select individual items and change encryption settings.
Under the Hood
To get started, just go into the Settings section and click "Show advanced settings." This will allow you to see the privacy-related settings picture to the right (and discussed below).
If you want to take things a bit further and prevent yourself from being tracked, you can install Google's official Keep My Opt-Outs extension. This will, essentially, block any cookies. Of course, you can also do this manually from Chromes Content and Data Exceptions settings page.
Set Up Google Cloud Print: If you want to use Google Cloud print, the aptly named Google Cloud Print section at the bottom of the page is where you do it. Just click the "Sign in to Google Cloud Print" button to start the process. This will open a new page and you'll be asked to log in to your Google account if you aren't already. Once you're logged in (or if you already are), you'll be able to start adding standard or cloud-enabled printers. If you're not sure how to add your printers, just follow these instructions.
The Extensions settings panel in Chrome, or the standard extensions page, is where you can enable, disable, and uninstall extensions. You can also access their options, check for updates, and enable developer mode. There isn't anything too special to see here, but if you want to learn more about extensions in Chrome just continue on to the next section.
Enhance Chrome's Functionality with Extensions
Although Chrome began without support for extensions at all, the quantity and quality available may have surpassed even Firefox. If there isn't something you like, you can always build your own, too. In this section we're going to take a look at a few extensions you can use to enhance Chrome's functionality.
Pin Your Favorite Sites to Your New Tab/Window Page: When you make a new tab or window, you see Chrome's default page that lets you open recent pages and access any web apps you installed via the Chrome Web Store. What it doesn't let you do is pin any favorite sites to that page for quick access. Speed Dial is an extension that lets you do just that. It also lets you customize the look of the page, reopen closed tabs, and more.
Get the time and weather on every new tab: The time and the weather are two of the most common things we check, and a fantastic extension called Currently gives you a five-day forecast plus a giant clock in every new tab you make. This may not sound all that exciting, but it keeps you abreast of the temperature and the time without the need to directly check yourself. Currently also sports a beautiful, minimal design with pleasant animations. Although there isn't much to it, it makes the creation of each new tab a very pleasant and informative experience.
Easily Access Chrome's Settings: Chrome's settings can be access quickly with a variety of chrome:// prefixed URLs, as evidenced in the previous section, but that either requires a bit of typing or digging through menus. Mega Button is a Chrome extension that provides quick links to the most common settings pages directly from the toolbar so you don't have to spend much time bringing up the exact page that you want.
Send Web Pages to Your Phone: If you've got an Android or iPhone and want to easily transfer a page to either, you need one of two extensions. Google's official Chrome to Phone extension will send any web page to your Android smartphone or tablet. Site to Phone is a third-party equivalent originally developed for Apple mobile devices, but it has since been expanded to support Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and webOS as well.
Send Web Pages to Other Instances of Chrome: Perhaps you have a separate computer at work, or even multiple computers in your home. If you're looking at a page on one machine and want to quickly transport it over to another, SendTab is a Chrome extension that can do it in a single click. Just register with SendTab on both computers, click the extension icon, and the page will automatically open on the paired machine.
Make Pages Easier to Read: Most web pages have complex designs and often advertisements that distract from your reading experience. Readability is an extension that attempts to solve that problem. Just click the extension icon on any page you'd like to see in a more readable format and Readability will reformat it for you.
These are just a few extensions that enhance Chrome's abilities and add some missing functionality. We've highlighted several more extensions we love, plus you can always find just about everything on the Chrome Extension Gallery.
Master Chrome's Secret Features
Chrome has a few features you probably wouldn't know about unless you dug pretty deep or someone told you they exist. That's what this section is for—to let you in on a few of Chrome's handy little secrets.
Perform Simple Mathematical Calculations from the Omnibar: This neat little feature doesn't require much explanation. Just press Control/Command+L on your keyboard to access the omnibar and type in an equation. Chrome will add, subtract, multiply and divide for you and place the answer at the top of its suggested search results.
Control Your Plug-ins: Sometimes plug-ins can get a little out of hand. Chrome's good at wrangling them and cutting them off when they're not behaving so it they don't bring down the entire browser, but sometimes you need to go in and manually shut them off. To do that, just visit chrome://pluginsto see a list of your plug-ins, plenty of "Disable" buttons, and version information.
Find Out Which Tabs Are Eating Up Your Memory: Chrome isolates each tab you create so if one crashes, it doesn't take down the entire browser with it. This is a good thing, but it doesn't prevent any particular tab from getting a little out of control. If you want to check which tabs are using the most resources, head on over to chrome://memory-redirect for a look. The resulting page will provide you with a full look at all usage so you can close any offending tabs.
Save Yourself a Few Clicks of the Back Button: If you want to get to a page you accessed further back in your browsing history, you might find yourself clicking the Back button (or pressing Backspace) incessantly until you get there. A better way to solve this problem is to click and hold the Back button. Doing so will provide you with the history for that specific tab so you can select the page you want, load it, and get on with your life.
Add New Functionality with Switches: If you're running Chromium, the developer channel build of Chrome, you can enable some additional functionality by settings specific switches. They aren't all terribly exciting, but these switches will allow you to disable functionality you don't want, test out experimental interfaces, and even some handy features. For example,
--enable-click-to-play allows you to click to temporarily enable embedded content requiring a blocked plug-in, which is great if you prefer to keep Flash disabled but occasionally want to enable it. For more, check out this full list of switchesand how to set them up on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Inspect Any Part of a Web Page's Code: Curious about a certain element on a web page and want to snoop around in the code? Just right-click on it and choose "Inspect Element" from the result contextual menu. This will bring up Chrome's built-in Inspector and plenty of information about part of the page you're interested in. This is a very handy tool for learning to code by example and for debugging your own code, too.
As long as this guide may be, there's still plenty more you can do with Google Chrome. If you've got any favorite tips or tricks you'd like to share, post them in the comments.
The Always Up-to-Date Power User's Guide to Chrome