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How to Lucid Dream
Watch more Dreams & Dream Interpretation videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/35924-How-to-Lucid-Dream Learning how to lucid dream—that is, to be aware during your dreams that you are, indeed, dreaming—will allow you to live out fantasies, stop nightmares, and even road test some solutions to real life problems. Step 1: Start a dream journal Keep a journal and a pen next to your bed so you can immediately record everything that happens in your dreams. You’ll begin to see patterns, and that will help you realize when you’re actually in the middle of a dream. Step 2: Adopt some new habits Look intently at mirrors, book titles, and your watch face several times a day. In dreams, these images are always blurred. Looking at them while awake will increase their appearances in your dreams, helping you recognize when you are dreaming. Tip Pinching yourself when you’re awake is another good way to train your brain to recognize when you’re dreaming, because when you pinch yourself in a dream you feel no pain. Step 3: Talk to yourself Tell yourself as you drift off to sleep that you’re going to have a lucid dream. Research shows that simply instructing your brain to realize you’re dreaming—especially when you’re in the suggestible pre-sleep phase—helps boost your odds of doing so. Step 4: Set an early alarm Set your alarm half an hour earlier than normal. When it rings, stay awake 30 to 60 minutes, then go back to sleep. Because you likely interrupted dream-intense REM sleep, you’re now 20% to 50% more likely to have a lucid dream. Tip So George Clooney is about to kiss you and you feel like you’re starting to wake up? Pretend to spin around in circles. This keeps the dream going 96% of the time. Step 5: Start directing Once you’re attuned to the fact that you’re dreaming, start altering the action. Fly over mountains. Tell off your mother-in-law. Have a 'dream' date. You can also test problem-solving scenarios, practice sensitive confrontations, and speak to loved ones who have passed. Did You Know? Lewis Carroll was inspired to write Alice in Wonderland after having a lucid dream.
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How to Make Sushi Rice
Watch more How to Make Rice & Grains videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/256-How-to-Make-Sushi-Rice According to Japanese tradition, aspiring sushi chefs must spend years perfecting their sushi rice before they're even allowed to cut fish. So consider this a head start. Step 1: Rinse rice Place the rice in a mesh strainer and rinse it under cold running water. Pick out any debris you might find in the rice, such as weird little pebbles or odd-looking grains of rice. Step 2: Soak rice Place the rinsed rice in your 2-quart pot and fill the pot with water until it's about one inch above the rice. Let this soak for 30 minutes. Step 3: Rinse rice again Place the soaked rice back in the strainer and rinse it again under cold running water until the water runs clear. Step 4: Boil rice Place the rinsed, drained rice back in the saucepan and add 2 1/4 cups of cold water. Cover the pot, place it over high heat, and bring it to a boil. Step 5: Turn down heat Once at a boil—you'll see steam and bubbles escaping from under the lid—turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting. Step 6: Let rice simmer Let the rice simmer for 20 minutes. Set a timer and don't lift the lid to check on the rice until it goes off. Tip If there's still water in the pot after 20 minutes, put the lid back on and let the rice cook a few more minutes until all the water is absorbed. Step 7: Boil mixture While the rice is cooking, place the rice vinegar, salt, and sugar in the smaller, 1-quart pot and bring it to a boil on medium high heat, stirring regularly until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the konbu to the vinegar mixture and turn off the heat. Set the pot aside to cool. Step 8: Let rice sit Once the rice has absorbed all the water, turn off the heat and let it sit for 15 minutes with the lid still on. Step 9: Spread out rice Dump the rice into a large non-metal bowl and spread it out with a wooden spoon so it will cool down faster. Tip Don't scrape the bottom of the pot—any dried, crusty bits of rice will add a funny flavor and texture to your sushi. Step 10: Pour mixture Remove the konbu from the cooled vinegar and slowly pour the mixture over a spoon into the cooked rice, gently stirring and tossing to combine and cool it.That's it; you've just saved yourself years of practice! Did You Know? The average American eats about 27 pounds of rice a year, while the average Asian eats about 400 pounds.
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How to Detect a Lie
Watch more How to Improve Your Communication Skills videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/1885-How-to-Detect-a-Lie Are you getting the whole truth and nothing but? The answer may be lying right in front of you. Step 1: Watch their hands Watch the suspected liar’s hands. Body language studies show that people tend to touch their face and scratch their nose when they lie. Step 2: Follow their eyes Follow their eyes. Liars tend to blink a lot and don’t maintain eye contact. Step 3: Note their words Note their words. A liar will skip contractions--saying 'I did not' instead of 'I didn’t'--and avoid pronouns, using someone’s full name instead of 'he' or 'she.' Step 4: Check their smile Check their smile. People who are telling the truth use many facial muscles, but liars smile with just their mouth. Step 5: Note their posture Notice their posture. Liars tend to keep their body posture closed (by folding their arms, for example). They may also unconsciously put an object between you, like a cup of coffee. Step 6: Pause before responding Pause momentarily before responding; if the silence makes them uncomfortable, they may be lying. Step 7: Note the details Pay attention to details. If they provide more information than necessary, that’s a bad sign. People tend to be overly specific when they’re making something up. Step 8: Change the subject Change the subject. If they seem relieved, that’s probably a red flag that they’ve been lying straight to your face! Step 9: Teach your liar a lesson What you do from here is up to you. It may be smart to file your knowledge away for future use. However, if you're noticing a trend, it might just be time to teach your liar a lesson. Did You Know? In a recent poll, 91% of Americans reported lying on a regular basis.
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How to Survive a Bear Attack
Watch more Disaster Survival & Worst-Case Scenarios videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/100020-How-to-Survive-a-Bear-Attack So you've finally escaped to the great outdoors. Good for you. But watch out for bears, or you may need to escape from the great outdoors. Step 1: Reverse direction If you’ve already had your head ripped off during a bear encounter, we probably can’t help you. However, if the bear has not yet ripped off your head because you saw him first, off in the distance, you should slowly and quietly begin walking in the opposite direction until he’s out of sight. Then calmly stay put for about a half hour. Tip While you’re waiting, sing, talk, or make some noise. Also, now is not the time for a smelly, bear-enticing snack! Step 2: Walk noisily With the coast clear, resume your walk. But make noise so the bear knows you’re around. The truth is, that bear doesn’t want to run into you, either. Step 3: Avoid eye contact Uh, oh. Despite your best efforts, Smokey The Bear’s evil twin is suddenly standing in front of you, calmly considering his options. First off, do not make eye contact. The bear will take it as a direct challenge to his authority, and he will rip your head off. Step 4: Slowly back away Back away slowly while speaking in a soft voice. Tip Right about now would be a good time to make a deal with God. Step 5: Don’t flee Holy crap, the bear is charging. Do not run! He will chase you down and rip your head off. Instead, stand perfectly still. If he stops his charge, slowly back away again, speaking softly. Step 6: Play dead If the bear attacks, protect your head with your arms, curl up in a fetal position, and pretend you’re dead. Or try hitting him directly in the nose. Some experts think a quick punch works better than submissiveness. Step 7: Have pepper spray next time Next time, don’t go into the woods without bear repellent pepper spray. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with its proper use. Did You Know? You are more likely to be struck by lightning than mauled by a bear.
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How to Make an Inside Out California Roll
Watch more Introduction to Sushi Making videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/257-How-to-Make-an-Inside-Out-California-Roll True to its name, this rolled sushi was invented in California by an enterprising Japanese sushi chef in the early 1970s. Step 1: Encase mat in plastic Cut a large piece of plastic wrap a little more than twice the size of your bamboo mat and place it on the table. Place the bamboo mat on top and encase it in the plastic by smoothing the wrap evenly over both sides. Set the mat aside. Step 2: Prepare cucumber Peel the cucumber and scoop out the seeds with a small spoon. Cut the cucumber half into thin strips about 1/8 - to 1/4-inch wide and set them aside. Step 3: Prepare avocado Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and twist the two halves until they separate. Cut the half without the pit into two quarters. Remove their skin and cut them lengthwise into quarter-inch slices. Set the slices aside and clean your hands and knife with the damp kitchen cloth. Tip To prevent the avocado from oxidizing, or turning brown, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the cut avocados. Step 4: Put rice on nori Lay a half sheet of nori shiny side down. Moisten your hands with a little water and grab a handful, or about a cup, of prepared sushi rice. Ball it up and put it on top of the nori. Step 5: Spread rice Spread and pat the rice across the nori, leaving a 1/2-inch margin uncovered at the bottom edge. Tip Don't use too much rice. It should be no more than 1/4-inch thick and you should be able to see the nori sheet through it. Step 6: Sprinkle sesame seeds Sprinkle sesame seeds over the rice. Step 7: Flip nori onto mat Lay the plastic-wrapped bamboo in front of you. Flip the prepared nori sheet rice-side down at the bottom end of the mat. Step 8: Lay filling in nori Lay a strip of shredded crab across the middle of the nori, add a strip or two of cucumber next to it, and lay avocado slices on top. Step 9: Roll with mat Use the bamboo mat to roll the bottom edge of the nori over the filling in the center, tucking it over firmly so the filling is enclosed. Step 10: Continue to roll Pull the mat back and lay it over the roll again. This time continue to roll forward, applying even pressure and tightening as you roll, using your mat as leverage. Step 11: Smooth out roll Once it's taken shape, take the roll off the mat and lay the mat over it. Press and smooth the roll, compressing it tightly and evening out the ends. Step 12: Cut roll With a very sharp knife use a delicate but firm sawing motion to cut the roll in half. Cut each half into three equal pieces. Step 13: Repeat process Repeat the process with your remaining half of nori, lightly layering it with rice, adding the filling, and rolling and cutting the sushi. Eat at your leisure—after all, this is California-style. Did You Know? Fallbrook, California, the self proclaimed 'avocado capital of the world,' has been hosting an annual Avocado Festival since 1962.
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How to Juggle Three Balls
Watch more Juggling & Circus Tricks videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/944-How-to-Juggle-Three-Balls Juggling—the noble art of jesters and fools. Here's how you can work your way up from juggling one ball to three. Step 1: Assume the postion Stand in a comfortable stance with your feet shoulder-width apart and your elbows bent at about a 90-degree angle. Step 2: Start with one ball Start by practicing throwing one ball back and forth between your hands in a nice, gentle arc. You want to keep your elbows in and your throws consistent, with the ball arcing at about eye level. Tip Using beanbags when you first begin can be helpful, since they won’t roll away when you drop them! Step 3: Practice with your eyes closed You’ll probably find that your throws go awry a little at the beginning, so keep practicing until you can throw the ball back and forth with your eyes closed. Step 4: Add another ball Add another ball. With one in each hand, throw a ball as before and—before it comes down—throw the other ball underneath so it lands in your other hand. Practice catching both balls. Tip As you practice, alternate starting with either hand. Step 5: Add a third ball Put two balls in your dominant hand and one in the opposite hand. Toss the balls just as before, but add a third throw right before the second ball comes down. Keep practicing until you can make three throws and three catches. Step 6: Keep throwing and catching Once you’re confident catching all three balls, add a fourth throw and catch, and a fifth one, and so on… Don’t look now, but you’re juggling! Did You Know? Did you know? 'Joggling,' jogging while juggling, is becoming a popular sport, and in 2007 a joggler finished a Toronto marathon in two hours and 50 minutes—while juggling three balls.
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How to Drive a Stick Shift
Watch more How to Drive Safely videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/6570-How-to-Drive-a-Stick-Shift More power and better gas mileage are just two of the reasons you might want to learn how to drive a stick shift. Step 1: Locate the clutch With the car off, locate the clutch, which is on the floor in front of the driver to the left of the brake pedal. The clutch must be pressed down when shifting gears. Using your left foot, practice depressing and releasing the clutch pedal. Step 2: Study the gears Study the gears. Manual cars can have up to six gears; a guide is usually on the head of the stick shift, which is the lever to your right. They are often in an 'H' pattern, with neutral in the middle. Step 3: Locate reverse Learn how to put your car in reverse. This usually involves pressing down on the stick shift and moving it to the far left or right and then up or down. Consult the pattern on your stick. Step 4: Practice shifting With the car still off, press and hold the clutch down as you practice shifting through the gears of the car. Practice both shifting (or speeding up) and downshifting--lowering gears to slow down. Step 5: Test drive Find a flat and open area, such as an empty parking lot. With the car in neutral, depress the clutch and foot break. Turn on the car. Step 6: Put it in gear Put the car in first gear. Now you’re ready to go. Step 7: Start moving Release the foot break and slowly press down the gas pedal as you simultaneously release the clutch -- the car will move forward. Tip Easing down the gas while releasing the clutch is a delicate maneuver that takes practice. In the beginning, you’ll probably 'pop the clutch,' meaning the car will lunge forward and stall. Step 8: Increase speed and gears Continue pressing the gas to make the car go faster. Once you hear the engine begin to rev higher -- or see the tachometer hit around 2,500 rpm -- depress the clutch and shift into second, then slowly release the clutch while giving it gas. Tip Don’t keep your foot on the clutch -- called 'riding the clutch' -- when you’re not using it. You could wear it down. Step 9: Keep shifting As you go faster, repeat the shifting process for higher gears. Tip The following is a general range for the different gears:First: 0 to 10 mphSecond: 3 to 25 mphThird: 15 to 45 mphFourth: 30 to 65 mphFifth: 45 mph and up Step 10: Slow down To decrease speed, go through the gears in reverse order. To stop at a light, either release the clutch and put the car in neutral or keep the clutch engaged with the car in first gear. Tip If you will be stopped for any length of time, it’s better to have the car in neutral. Step 11: Try hills Once you’re thoroughly comfortable starting, stopping, and shifting gears on flat land, practice on hilly areas. Keep on trucking! Did You Know? The first cars used levers, not wheels, to steer.
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How to Get the Most Halloween Candy
Watch more Happy Halloween videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/48588-How-to-Get-the-Most-Halloween-Candy When it comes to snaring the best and most candy on Halloween, victory is sweet. Step 1: Wear a great costume Buy or make a great costume. No one likes to give candy to kids who think they're too cool to dress up. Step 2: Hit the streets early Hit the streets early, when everyone is fully stocked. You'll also be first to the houses where people leave out bowls of candy for you to indulge in "on your honor." Tip Trick-or-treat in small groups. Gangs of children make homeowners worry that they're going to run out of candy, so they distribute accordingly. Step 3: Smile Always say "trick or treat" with a smile. Sure it's cheesy, but it'll get you candy. Complimenting the homeowner on her decorations helps too. Tip If candy matters more to you than your integrity, carry an extra bucket and say it's for a sick friend or sibling. Step 4: Empty pail into larger sack Empty your pitiful little pail into a larger sack every few houses. People are more generous if you arrive almost empty-handed. Stash the sack in your bike basket or with your adult chaperone. Tip After emptying your bucket, hit up the good candy-givers again by simply slipping on another mask. Step 5: Be excited Be excited! Tell everyone they're giving out your favorite candy; that way you won't seem greedy when you ask for more. Step 6: Don't eat as you go Resist the urge to eat as you go. Serious collectors know they can't cover as much distance with a belly full of sugar. Did You Know? Halloween began in the Middle Ages, when beggars collected cakes on All Hallows' Day in exchange for praying for the dead.
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How to Tell if Someone Likes You by Monitoring their Body Responses
Like these Sex and Dating lessons !!! Check out the official app http://apple.co/1P27qdO Watch more Dating Survival Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/95529-How-to-Tell-if-Someone-Likes-You-by-Monitoring-their-Body-Responses Learn how to tell if you’re turning someone on — or off — by watching the way their body involuntarily reacts to you. Step 1: Look for mirroring Chat them up so you can observe their movements. If they begin to mimic you without even realizing it, they definitely like you. Now you just have to figure out if they like-like you. Tip If their feet point toward you even when their attention is elsewhere, the answer is probably yes. Step 2: Read their palms Look at their palms. If they’re face up, their subconscious is telling you they’re 'open' to a relationship. Step 3: Gaze into their eyes Gaze into their eyes. When people are physically attracted to someone, their pupils dilate, or become bigger. Step 4: Look for the Shy Di smile Be on the lookout for the smile that earned the late Princess Diana the nickname Shy Di -- eyes peeking up as the forehead is bowed. This is an unconscious gesture of flirting. Tip If they smile at you, check out the corners of their eyes. A genuine smile will cause crinkling; a polite smile won’t. Step 5: Watch their shoulders Watch their shoulders. Lifting both shoulders up is an automatic muscular reaction when a person meets someone they find attractive. Did You Know? If a person you’re flirting with develops 'pigeon feet' — that is, their toes start pointing inward towards one another — that person is both attracted to you and intimidated by you.
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How to Start a Lemonade Stand
Watch more Money Advice for Kids videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/17500-How-to-Start-a-Lemonade-Stand It’s hot out. You like money. How about starting a lemonade stand! Step 1: Make a business plan Before you make your lemonade, make a business plan. Will you have to spend any money on supplies? If you’re going to spend $5 of your own money on ingredients, for example, you’ll need to make more than $5 to make a profit, or the money you get to keep. Now you can decide how much you want to charge per cup to make sure you earn that. Tip Remember, if you’re setting up shop with other people, you’ll have to split the money you make with them! Step 2: Pick a perfect day, time, and location Pick the perfect day, time, and location for your lemonade stand. Think about where and when the largest number of thirsty people would walk by your stand. Think hot days at playgrounds and fairs, or during little league games. Of course your front yard is just fine, too. Step 3: Make your lemonade sign Make your lemonade sign using some cardboard or foam core and a large, bold marker. Write 'Lemonade for Sale' with the price clearly visible. You can add a drawing of lemons or a glass of lemonade if you want. The bigger and flashier your sign, the more people will notice it. Step 4: Publicize your business While 'walk in' customers are usually the bulk of lemonade stand business, you might want to let your friends and family know what you’re up to. You can either make flyers or do an email blast announcing the time, location, and date of your grand opening. Step 5: Make the lemonade Make your lemonade ahead of time. You can make it from a mix, but serving homemade lemonade will make your stand special and might help you sell more. Either way, have a grown-up cut up a lemon so you can float the slices in your pitcher. Tip For 1 gallon of homemade lemonade, ask an adult to juice 6 lemons, then mix that with 1½ cups of sugar and 2 quarts of water and ice. Step 6: Do a taste test Now comes the fun part—drink it! You’ve got to make sure it tastes good, but don’t drink too much or you’ll have to mix up some more. Step 7: Refrigerate the lemonade Pour the lemonade into a large thermos or several pitchers and refrigerate it until you’re ready to start selling. Step 8: Set up your table Set up your table. You can use a folding table or some milk crates with boards on top. On top of this set a clean tablecloth and lots of paper cups. Hang or prop up your sign. Tip Make sure everything looks clean—the cups, table, pitcher, and even you! Step 9: Have change Depending on what you’re charging, you’ll want to either have lots of quarters or single dollar bills to make it easy to make change for your customers. Keep the money safe and organized in some kind of box on the table. Tip If there are other stands in your area, try to make yours stand out. Put the words 'Gourmet' or 'Secret Recipe' on your sign. Step 10: Set up the lemonade Store extra ice and lemonade in separate containers under the table so you won’t have to run back to the kitchen, and fill a see-through serving pitcher with some ice, lemonade, and cut lemons. Tip Don’t set out cups already filled with lemonade. Flies will swarm around them and it will look gross. Step 11: Attract customers Smile and wait for customers. People like to buy from kids that smile. Did You Know? In 2003, a 6-year-old boy started a lemonade stand to raise money for breast cancer research. Today 'Max’s Lemonade Stand' is a nonprofit that’s made over $30,000.
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How to See New York for $35 a Day
Watch more NYC Travel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/3907-How-to-See-New-York-for-35-a-Day Having a fantastic day in New York City doesn't have to break the bank, if you know some insider secrets. Step 1: Start with breakfast Start your day right, with a New York City bagel. Grab one and a cup of coffee from any deli or street vendor for about $2.50. Tip To sound like a native, order yours with a 'shmear' of cream cheese. Step 2: Get a Metro card Get a Metro card. As of spring 2008, a one-day unlimited pass for the public transportation system will be $7.50. It allows you to take as many subway or bus rides as you like at a fraction of the cost of a tour bus. Step 3: See free landmarks Check out gorgeous free landmarks like Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and the Chrysler Building. Tip Grand Central Station and the Public Library offer free tours. Step 4: Take the Staten Island Ferry Take the Staten Island Ferry; it’s how 70,000 New Yorkers commute to work every day. You’ll have excellent views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and lower Manhattan—and, unlike tourist boats that roam the Manhattan shores, it’s completely free! Step 5: Head to Central Park Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head for Central Park for a picnic. A hot dog, piece of fruit, and drink will only cost you about $5, and a Central Park Conservancy walking tour is free. Tip Make your way to the Central Park Boathouse where, right next to the pricey, lake-view restaurant there’s a huge rock that’s perfect for sunbathing and watching the expensive gondola rides. Step 6: Be a kid again Be a kid again, with or without little ones of your own, with a trip to famed toy store F.A.O. Schwarz, where Tom Hanks famously played a tune with his feet in the film Big. Step 7: Head to Little Italy Head to Little Italy, just north of Chinatown. Each neighborhood has its own distinctive flair, and they’re both great places to buy souvenirs. If you’ve got an extra few dollars, spring for an Italian gelato or a red-bean ice cream. Tip Head to a bookstore and leaf through a local weekly magazine’s listings to find loads of free readings, tours, festivals, and even films or concerts. Step 8: Stay downtown for dinner The East Village and Lower East Side are great neighborhoods for great, cheap eats. You easily can keep the price of a delicious, filling restaurant meal down to $20, especially if you find a place marked BYOB – Bring Your Own Booze. Step 9: Visit Times Square If you’re still standing, visit Times Square after dark. Just strolling around looking at all the neon should be entertainment enough. Did You Know? In 2006, international and domestic tourists combined spent $24.71 billion dollars while visiting New York City.
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How to Treat a Sunburn
Watch more First Aid: When Nature Attacks videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/20385-How-to-Treat-a-Sunburn Did all that fun in the sun end with a nasty burn? Let’s get you some relief. Step 1: Cool off your skin Cool off your skin with a cool bath or cool, wet compresses. If you opt for the bath, add a half cup of baking soda or several cups of colloidal oatmeal (available at drugstores). Soak for 10 minutes. Repeat as often as needed. Step 2: Apply something soothing Apply something soothing, like aloe vera from a plant or lotion, or 1% hydrocortisone cream. Tip Do not use petroleum-based products or products with benzocaine; they’ll just lock in the heat. Step 3: Take an aspirin If you’re an adult, take an aspirin; its anti-inflammatory properties will help relieve the pain. Tip Never give aspirin to children under 16; give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead. Step 4: Let your skin heal Let your skin heal. If blisters form, leave them alone; if they break, use an antibiotic ointment. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about peeling—but a moisturizing lotion can ease any itching. Step 5: Buy a good sunscreen Buy a good sunscreen and a big sunhat so you don’t get burned again. And stay out of the sun until your burn has healed! Did You Know? It’s easier to get sunburned at high altitudes because you’re less protected by the atmosphere—for every 1,000 feet you go up, your exposure to UV rays increases 4%.
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How to Memorize Lines
Watch more How to Be an Actor videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/5335-How-to-Memorize-Lines Whether you're a budding actor, a businessperson who has to give presentations, or a PTA mom, we all need to remember lines now and then. These tricks will help. Step 1: Write it down Write out your lines. This helps your brain commit them to memory because the act of transferring them to paper requires you to process the material instead of just seeing it. In fact, research shows this can help you memorize things 45% faster. Step 2: Think like the character If you’re memorizing lines for a play, think about the character’s motivation. Sounds clichéd, we know. But it works. It’s called 'active experiencing,' and research backs up its effectiveness. Step 3: Become a broken record Say the lines over and over—and over! Repetition trains the brain by prompting it to expect the words to follow in a certain way. Tip Memorize your lines on an empty stomach; that’s when the hormone dealing with memory is most active! Step 4: Move When studying the lines at home, move as you would on the stage. In one study, people who memorized lines while in motion later remembered them better than those who stood still. Step 5: Tape yourself Record yourself saying your lines and play it at bedtime. Your brain is most programmable right before you fall asleep, when it’s most primed for suggestion and memory retention. Did You Know? 'To be or not to be, that is the question,' is considered the most famous line in theatre history.
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How to Survive If You’re Lost in the Woods
Watch more Disaster Survival & Worst-Case Scenarios videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/23667-How-to-Survive-If-Youre-Lost-in-the-Woods Getting out of the wilderness alive is a matter of knowing what to do--and what not to do. Step 1: Stay where you are As soon as you realize you are lost, stay where you are. It’s much more difficult for rescuers to find you if you’re on the move. Step 2: Remain together If you’re with others, remain together. Step 3: Follow the acronym STOP Follow the acronym STOP: SIT down to collect your thoughts; THINK before you do anything or walk anywhere; OBSERVE what’s around you, and listen carefully for noises that indicate people or roads nearby; PREPARE for a long wait by gathering whatever items will keep you safe and comfortable, like wood and kindling if you have a way to start a fire. Tip If you can start a campfire, start three of them in a straight line or triangle. The universal distress signals are three gunshots, three blasts of a whistle, three fires, or three flashes of a mirror or reflective object. Step 4: Drink up If you have water with you, drink it whenever you feel thirsty. You may be tempted to make it last as long as possible, but it will do you more good in your body now. Step 5: Find a water source Find a clean water source in case your ordeal extends more than a day. If you’re at a high altitude, the running water in a stream is usually okay to drink--but snow is not, unless you melt it first, because it will make you too cold. Look for places that rainwater gathers, like in rock crevices. Pay attention to birds; they like to circle water. Tip Breathing through your nose will help you stay hydrated longer. Step 6: Don’t eat anything Don’t eat any wild plants, berries, mushrooms, and so on. You’re better off hungry than poisoned. Step 7: Seek shelter Look around for shelter, but don’t wander too far searching for the perfect spot. Get out of the sun—sitting under a tree or rock overhang will do just fine—but don’t hide from people looking for you! Step 8: Build a bed Use the time that you’re waiting for rescuers to gather braches or pine needles to sleep on when the temperature drops; you’ll stay warmer than if you were on the cold ground. And gather whatever is around — leaves, more branches — to place on top of you to further insulate you from the cold. Tip Curl up in the fetal position to conserve heat. If you’re with a group, huddle together. Step 9: Conserve your energy Conserve your energy. Don’t put so much energy into building a shelter or making an SOS sign out of rocks that you dehydrate yourself more quickly. Step 10: Make noise Make noise. It will help rescuers zero in on you and scare away animals. Did You Know? In 1998, a lost fourteen-year-old snowboarder survived for six days in the San Gabriel Mountains before being found by rescuers.
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How to Sneak into Your House after Curfew
Like these Teenage Survival Tips !!! Check out the official app http://apple.co/1O6cgJA Watch more How to Survive Being a Teenager videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/366-How-to-Sneak-into-Your-House-after-Curfew Beating a curfew is all in the preparation. So take a little time now to get things ready for the next time you find yourself on the wrong side of midnight... Step 1: Practice Practice! When no one is around, make dry runs from the front door to your room until you can do it as noiselessly as possible. Step 2: Memorize path to room Memorize everything on the path to your room, including creaky floorboards, squeaky doors, and noisy breakables. Tip Stick as close to the wall as possible. Over time, most floorboards warp and squeak, but the boards near the wall stay strong. Step 3: Practice route blindfolded Now practice your route blindfolded. Once you can master that, you’re ready. Tip Don’t bother with night vision or camouflage. This is curfew, not a secret war in Nicaragua. Step 4: Stash nightwear Stash a set of whatever you sleep in somewhere near your home - AHEM - so you can change into your nightwear before creeping inside. Step 5: Prepare excuse Prepare an excuse in the unfortunate event that you get caught. 'I heard a noise outside and went to investigate' is always good. Tip Skip the perfume or cologne on the night in question. The scent may be enough to awaken a sensitive sleeper. Step 6: Keep doggy treats on hand Keep a few doggy treats on hand so you can quickly quiet any barking dogs. Tip If someone is driving you home, have them cut the engine and coast to a stop before your house. Turn off the radio at least a block away—two if you’re playing hip-hop or heavy metal. Step 7: Be careful with handle Open the front door, step inside, and don’t let go of the handle until you’ve gently closed the door all the way. Tip Take only the keys you’ll need so the rest don’t jingle and give you away. Step 8: Get in bed & stay there Get in bed immediately and stay there. Too much movement in your room is a dead giveaway. Did You Know? The word 'curfew,' which is French for 'cover fire,' comes from the medieval practice of ringing a bell at night to remind people to put out their fires before bed.
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How to Feed Your Family Healthy Meals on a Tight Budget
Watch more How to Manage Your Money videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/34675-How-to-Feed-Your-Family-Healthy-Meals-on-a-Tight-Budget Sure, junk food offers lots of calories for not much money. But you can create your own "happy" meals that are tasty, nutritious, and inexpensive. Step 1: Start with hot cereal Start the day with a hot cereal; they’re much cheaper than cold cereals. Oatmeal is a nutritional winner and very inexpensive if you buy a container of plain, old-fashioned oatmeal. Step 2: Stretch your milk Stretch your milk dollars by diluting a can of evaporated milk or some powdered milk with water to create whole milk. Step 3: Stock up on frozen veggies Stock up on frozen vegetables when they go on sale. Unless your produce was just picked, it’s just as healthy — or even more so — to eat the frozen stuff, which locks in the nutrients. Tip Canned vegetables are another cheap alternative to fresh, but rinse them before eating because many are loaded with salt. Step 4: Eat fruits in season Limit your fruit purchases to whatever is in season, the exception being bananas and apples. The former are relatively inexpensive year-round, and the latter are low in calories, high in fiber, and may reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Step 5: Snack happy Enjoy healthy snacks without spending a fortune by air popping corn kernels and buying nutritious nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts. Buy in bulk. Step 6: Limit meat consumption Only eat meat two or three times a week, and make cheap meats as tender and tasty as pricier cuts by marinating them overnight or slow-cooking them in a Crock-Pot. Step 7: Eat alternative proteins Make the most of alternative sources of protein, like peanut butter, eggs, chunk light tuna (which is not only the cheapest kind of tuna, but also contains the least mercury), and beans. Tip Buy bagged beans in bulk -- the kind you soak overnight. They’re cheaper and healthier than canned beans, which are high in sodium. Step 8: Eat brown rice Eat brown rice. It’s a bit pricier than white, but much better for you and still a nutritional bargain. Step 9: Indulge in dessert Indulge in desserts by making them from scratch using nutritious ingredients that you have on hand. Bake your own oatmeal and peanut butter cookies; mash and freeze overripe bananas for "ice cream"; bake bruised apples with a little honey. Did You Know? As of 2007, 8.5% of the American household budget went to food eaten at home, down from 19% in 1960.
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How to Know When It’s Time to Quit Your Job
Watch more Raises & Career Advancement videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/81251-How-to-Know-When-Its-Time-to-Quit-Your-Job Are you ready for a job change, or should you stick it out in your current position? Asking yourself these questions will help you decide. Step 1: Note how you feel Note how you feel on Monday morning. Are you sick to your stomach at the thought that there are five days between you and another weekend? Not good. Tip If anxiety starts to set it on Sunday, that’s a bad sign. Step 2: Consider your workload Think about your workload. Has it recently doubled—or halved? Either scenario is a valid reason to be unhappy. Step 3: Weigh pros and cons Draw up a list of the job’s pros and cons. Do the cons outnumber the pros? Are the cons more troubling than the pros are enticing? Note: 'free coffee' doesn’t count as a pro. Step 4: Assess your value Assess your value to the company. Do you feel you’re being paid what you’re worth? Is your boss appreciative of your efforts? If the answer is 'no' to both, it’s time to go. Tip Unless there is a company-wide salary freeze at your firm, not getting a raise at your last performance review is a sign that you’re not valued. Step 5: Weigh your options Weigh your options. If you quit, could you afford to live without a salary for a while? The average job hunt takes six months—more, if you’re earning over $60,000. Tip Employment experts say job seekers must figure on one month of searching for every $10,000 they earn. Step 6: Rate the difficulty Be honest: could a trained seal do your job? Then you’re ready for a challenge. Step 7: Measure your crap threshold Measure your threshold for taking crap. Is it lowering? Are you on the verge of telling your boss at the morning meeting, 'By the way, nobody really wants to hear about your weekend potty-training the puppy—let’s get this show on the road.' Ta-ta and good luck. Did You Know? More than three-quarters of survey respondents said they're suffering from burnout at work, and more than half claimed they're under a lot of on-the-job stress.
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How to Do the Crow Pose
Watch more How to Do Yoga Poses videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/394-How-to-Do-the-Crow-Pose Although this position is commonly called the Crow pose, its Sanskrit name literally translates as Crane. Any fowl will do: the point is that you'll be perched like a bird on a wire. Warning Do not practice this pose if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, are pregnant, or have high blood pressure. Step 1: Squat on mat Squat on your mat with your feet wide apart and your knees pointing outward. Step 2: Reach out arms Reach your arms in front of you. Step 3: Place hands on floor Place your hands on the floor in front of you, directly below your shoulders, with your fingers spread out. Your knees should rest on the back of your upper arms, as close to your armpits as possible. Step 4: Rise up on toes Rise up on your toes, shifting your weight forward onto your hands. Feel the weight distributed from the knees into the arms into the hands. Tip This might be as far as you go with this pose at first. That's OK—it will still help you increase your upper body strength and hip flexibility. Step 5: Focus eyes Focus your eyes on a point in front of your body so that your head is lifted up slightly. Step 6: Shift weight forward Shift your weight forward far enough so that your feet naturally lift up off the ground on their own without pushing off or jumping. Your fingertips will make subtle adjustments to keep you balanced. Tip For a sense of security, put a pillow in front of you in case you should lose your balance and topple forward. Step 7: Balance in pose Balance in the pose for several relaxed, natural breaths. Step 8: Release pose Release the pose by lowering your feet back to the floor, coming back to a squat. Resist the urge to flap your wings. Did You Know? In Hinduism, crows are valued as transporters of food and offerings to the dead.
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How to Diagnose Problems with Your Car
Watch more How to Take Care of Your Car videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/10736-How-to-Diagnose-Problems-with-Your-Car Learn what every shake, rattle, and roll means so that a car mechanic can’t tell you that a cracked hose is a major transmission meltdown. Step 1: Get an OBD If your car was made after 1995, invest in an on-board diagnostics reader, which you can find online or at an auto parts store starting at about $50. (Actron is a popular brand.) When your car begins acting up, just plug the reader into a port located under your dashboard and it will identify the problem. Tip Expensive readers will spell out what’s wrong, while cheaper models will give you a code that you’ll have to translate. Step 2: Read smoke signals Learn what smoke coming from your tailpipe means. Black smoke indicates your fuel calibration is off; blue means you’re burning too much oil; white means coolant is leaking. Smoke coming from the hood is likely from a crack in one of the radiator hoses; let the car cool down before you pop the hood. Tip If smoke is coming from your hood and you’ve recently had your oil checked, see if the service station attendant forgot to put the oil cap back on. Step 3: Know your signs Know which signs mean big trouble, and which mean you just need to refill one of your fluids. An engine that moans when you steer likely needs power steering fluid; a brake that sinks to the floor when you stop needs brake fluid. But a clattering engine requires immediate attention -- pull over, turn off the car, and call for roadside assistance. Step 4: Know your screeches Know your screeches. A car that screeches when you accelerate may just need a new fan belt, one that screeches when you steer may simply need the power steering belt adjusted, and screeching when you slow down means it’s time for new brake pads. Step 5: Name that noise Recognize the noises that indicate an easy fix. A clicking wheel may just have a loose hubcap, or a stone stuck in it; a clicking engine could mean you’ve got a bad valve; a loud, rapid rat-tat-tat sound of metal slapping metal could be a damaged or loose fan blade; a hiss usually means a leaking hose. Step 6: Pinpoint that thump If you hear thumping noises coming from the back of your car, check to see if something in your trunk is rattling around before you panic. If the sound is more like a rumble, and it gets worse when you turn, your wheel bearings may be worn out. Step 7: Decipher that squeal If your engine is squealing like a pig, it’s probably just a loose belt. And if you just drove through water, it could be that the belts are wet and the noise will go away as soon as they dry. Step 8: Identify clear liquids If you notice that your car is dripping a clear fluid, see if it’s slippery. If it is, you might be leaking brake fluid, a situation that needs to be checked immediately. If not, it’s probably just water coming from the air conditioning unit, which is normal. Clear fluid can also be gasoline, but you’ll know that from the distinct smell. Tip Some brake fluids have a yellowish tint. Step 9: Decipher colors Know the colors of your car fluids in case you ever see a puddle of them beneath your car. Coolant is usually green, but it can be red or brownish red as well, and the color is translucent. An opaque dark red color means you’re leaking either transmission or power steering fluid. Black, brown, or amber fluid is engine or gear oil. Step 10: Know the serious sounds Know the sounds that mean serious business. If your engine gives off a knocking sound that gets faster as you drive, roars when you speed up, or whines in general, see a technician as soon as possible. Did You Know? One study of auto repair shops found that 52% of repair charges represented completely unnecessary work!
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How to Whip Up Tasty Meals Out of Dollar Store Food
Watch more How to Manage Your Money videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/30579-How-to-Whip-Up-Tasty-Meals-Out-of-Dollar-Store-Food Step 1: Scour the stores Shop at several dollar stores. Merchandise in these shops is hit-or-miss, so you'll have a better chance of getting ingredients that work together if you frequent multiple stores. Step 2: Stock up on bargains When you see something good, stock up! You might not see that item again for a while. Or ever. Tip Always check expiration dates. Dollar-store items sometimes have a short shelf life. Step 3: Be adventurous Keep an open mind. Products that tend to put people off, like canned meat, often are not as bad as you imagine. It's worth risking a dollar to see. Tip Read ingredient labels. Chicken in a tin is just chicken packed in water -- nothing scary about that. Step 4: Load up on canned vegetables Load up on canned vegetables. Believe it or not, because they're canned right after they're harvested, they're often more nutritious than supposedly "fresh" produce in some grocery stores that has spent more time traveling and sitting on the shelves. Tip Rinse canned vegetables before cooking to reduce the sodium, and look for canned fruits packed in juice instead of syrup to reduce the sugar. If syrup-packed fruit is the only choice, rinse three times before serving. Step 5: Stock up on canned salmon Stock up on salmon in cans and pouches. Because it's usually fresh-caught in Alaska, it's better for you and the environment than canned tuna or farm-raised fresh salmon. Step 6: Go wild with spices Take advantage of the dollar spices; they're invaluable for doctoring up inexpensive ingredients. Tip Keep your pantry stocked with staples that are not always available in dollar stores, like butter. Step 7: Be creative in the kitchen Be creative with your bargains. Fry some sardines in olive oil and serve over pasta. Wrap Vienna sausages in dough to make pigs-in-blankets and serve with a honey-mustard sauce. Make a crudite dip from canned artichoke hearts and tinned spinach. Step 8: Learn how to substitute Make do with substitutions. No milk in your dollar store? Water down evaporated milk. Want onions? Reconstitute them out of dried ones from the spice rack. Need flour? Use that bargain pancake mix. Step 9: Find recipes online Don't know what to do with the canned calamari, capers, and capellini you just lugged home? Plug your ingredients into a website like www.recipematcher.com and it will spit out some delicious concoctions. Did You Know? The five best dollar-store buys are cleaning supplies, gift wrap, snacks, shampoo, and kitchen accessories.
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How to Make Homework Less Work
Watch more How to Study videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/357-How-to-Make-Homework-Less-Work Schools today assign 50% more homework than when your parents were students. Make your workload lighter with these simple tricks. Step 1: Pick spot Pick a spot where you can do your homework every day. Clear it of any potential distractions. Tip If possible, do your homework in natural daylight. Research shows that people who studied near a sunny window had grades about 25% higher than those who didn’t. Step 2: Listen to music Listen to music. Studies have found that, for some people, playing their favorite tunes helps them get through homework faster by acting as 'white noise' that drowns out distractions. Tip Turn off your cell phone. You can hear all about what happened to your friend’s ex-girlfriend at the amusement park after you finish your homework. Step 3: Take notes Take notes while reading. Writing down key points can improve your recall. Step 4: Snack Snack on carbs, like pretzels and popcorn, while you do your homework. They boost serotonin—a brain chemical that makes you calmer and helps you focus. Step 5: Chew gum If you don’t feel like snacking, chew gum—it activates certain chemicals in the brain that help improve short- and long-term memory. Tip Choose mint gum—research shows minty scents help you stay alert. Step 6: Take breaks Take breaks! Keep the oxygen flowing to your brain and avoid eyestrain by getting up every half hour and moving around for at least five minutes. Now back to work. Did You Know? In education-obsessed South Korea, it’s common for students to study 18 hours a day.
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How to Use Chopsticks
Chopsticks for everyone! Japanese Chopsticks Gift Set: http://amzn.to/1L2epCS Happy Sales 5 Pairs Japanese Chopsticks Flower & Leaves: http://amzn.to/1MgPglZ Royal Paper Premium Disposable Bamboo Chopsticks: http://amzn.to/1Zi42lX Happy Sales 10 Pc Chopstick Stainless Steel Chopsticks: http://amzn.to/1jdYqZ3 Watch more Dining & Table Manners videos: Like skiing and speaking a foreign language, chopstick use is a skill ideally acquired in childhood. But with a little perseverance, adults tired of feeling boorish in Asian restaurants can become adept. Step 1: Position chopsticks In your right hand, traditionally used even by the left-handed, rest the thick end of one chopstick on the webbing between your thumb and forefinger so that about an inch of it sticks out beyond your hand, and rest the other end on your ring finger. Keep your fingers loosely curled. Tip Successful chopstick use depends on stabilizing this bottom chopstick, which doesn't move, to leave your thumb and forefinger free to maneuver the top chopstick, which does. Step 2: Grip bottom stick w/ thumb Grip this bottom chopstick with the bottom of your thumb so it is immobilized and sits firmly on your ring finger. Tip You can use the tip of your middle finger to stabilize the ring-finger end of the chopstick. Step 3: Grip top stick w/ fingertips If you're holding the bottom chopstick correctly, your entire index finger and the top joint of your thumb are free to move around. Grip the top chopstick between the tips of these fingers so that its tip lines up with the bottom chopstick's tip. Step 4: Maneuver top & bottom sticks To pick up a piece of food, maneuver the top chopstick to grasp it with the tip and brace it against the bottom one. Tip Etiquette requires that you use chopsticks neither to chop nor to stick. For that, use knives and forks. Step 5: Lift food w/ chopsticks Now, carefully lift a piece of food with your chopsticks, taking care not to let it slide out. Sweet success. Did You Know? Many sushi aficionados insist that sushi should be eaten with the fingers—an excellent fallback position if you have trouble mastering chopsticks.
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How to Meditate
Watch more Learn about Meditation videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/79012-How-to-Meditate Meditation isn’t just for yogis or New Age gurus -- it’s a scientifically proven stress-buster that anyone can learn to do. Step 1: Wear comfy clothing Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Step 2: Find a quiet spot Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed. Try to meditate in the same place every day. Step 3: Choose a good time Choose a daily meditation time. Yogis say the best time to meditate is between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., but it's more important to practice at the same time every day than at the ideal time. Tip Always meditate on an empty stomach. Research shows that digestion interferes with the positive physiological effects of meditation. Step 4: Get into position Find a comfortable chair or bench and sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. You may sit with your legs crossed, lotus-style, if you like, but it's not necessary. Place your hands on your knees, palms up; tilt your head forward slightly, and close your eyes. Tip If you feel yourself nodding off, open your eyes halfway. Maintaining good posture also will help you stay awake. Step 5: Begin deep breathing Close your mouth and begin inhaling deeply and exhaling gently, making sure your belly expands as you breathe in. Step 6: Focus on one thing Clear your mind by focusing on your breathing — how it feels, doing it correctly, and so on. Some people find that having a mantra — a word or phrase that they can repeat over and over — helps them block out thoughts. Step 7: Be consistent Try to build up a daily 20-minute meditation, but aim first for consistency. It's better to meditate just for a few minutes every single day than to do it for 20 minutes sporadically. Did You Know? People who meditate are less likely to catch the flu.
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How to Make Miso Soup
Watch more Soups & Stews videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/208-How-to-Make-Miso-Soup This delicate but intensely flavored soup is like chicken soup for the Japanese soul — minus the chicken. And it's just as easy to make if you have the right ingredients. Step 1: Put water on stove Pour the water into the pot and place it on the stove or hotplate at medium heat. Step 2: Add konbu Break off a 4 to 6-inch piece of konbu and add it to the water. Tip Konbu—also known as sea cabbage or kelp—is available at most health food stores. Step 3: Simmer & remove Simmer the konbu for 15 minutes, then remove it from the water and throw it away. Step 4: Add bonito Add bonito flakes to the pot and simmer on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. If you prefer a more intense fish flavor, steep the flakes for 10, 15, or even 20 minutes—the longer you steep them, the stronger the flavor. Step 5: Remove bonito With a small mesh strainer, remove the bonito flakes and discard them. Step 6: Add tofu & wakame Add the tofu chunks and wakame and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat. Tip When making miso soup, never bring the broth to a boil—it will muddy all the distinct flavors. Step 7: Stir miso paste & broth Ladle about a cup of the broth into a medium-sized bowl containing the miso paste, and stir with a long chopstick or spoon until it dissolves. Step 8: Pour broth Once the miso paste is dissolved, pour the broth back in the pot and stir. Tip Miso paste will keep in the fridge for nearly a year; bonito flakes, wakame, and konbu will last indefinitely in the cupboard. Step 9: Add scallions Keeping the heat on low, add the chopped scallions and simmer for a final 5 minutes. Ahhh, miso. Did You Know? Miso soup is routinely served at breakfast in Japanese homes and restaurants.
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How to Deal with an Incompetent Boss
Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/34764-How-to-Deal-with-an-Incompetent-Boss Millions of workers report to a moron. Here’s how to deal if you’re one of them… A worker, that is. Reporting to a moron. Step 1: Keep cool Keep your emotions in check. No matter how your boss infuriates you, it’s never to your advantage to lose your temper or you might end up looking like the problem. Step 2: Analyze your plight Analyze your situation. Is your boss truly incompetent—or just unknowledgeable about your area of expertise? If it’s the latter, diplomatically educate him. Step 3: Keep things separate Keep your work separate from his mistakes by making copies of everything you do—especially if he’s trying to blame his bad work on you, or claiming your good ideas as his own. Tip Email is a great way to document your work—and you can CC your coworkers, if appropriate. Step 4: Have witnesses Try to have witnesses when you’re interacting with the boss, especially when you’re presenting ideas. Step 5: Inform a supervisor If your boss’ incompetence is affecting your work—and, more importantly, the company’s bottom line—inform his superior. Tip Going over your boss’ head can be dangerous—keep a journal of his buffoonery and collect any documented evidence to back up your claims. Step 6: Look elsewhere If the situation doesn’t improve, request a transfer or find a new job—don’t sacrifice your self-esteem or reputation because of someone else’s idiocy. Did You Know? According to a British poll, a whopping 70.8% of workers think their boss is incompetent.
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How to Pick a Great Airline Seat
Watch more Flying Tips videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/37631-How-to-Pick-a-Great-Airline-Seat Don't get stuck in a middle seat near a bathroom on your next flight. With a little time and effort, you can be sitting pretty. Step 1: Figure out your priorities There is no single "best seat" on an airplane — all have their pros and cons — so decide what's important to you. Legroom? Peace and quiet? A quick exit? A smooth ride? Step 2: Check out seats Don't assume anything about a seat without checking it out. Some bulkhead seats don't offer extra legroom, some "window" seats are between windows and therefore offer little view, and many exit seats, while providing more legroom, are narrower than other seats. Tip Find out what kind of plane you'll be on and then visit "seatexpert.com":http:// or "seatguru.com":http://. Click on any seat to see its pros and cons. Step 3: Buy a better seat Pay a small fee to ensure you get a seat with the most legroom. Many airlines now identify their best seats on their websites and charge for them accordingly. Step 4: Don't forget about reclining Take reclining into account. If you like to sit back, avoid the last rows in any section. If you hate people leaning into your lap, try to snare an exit seat; the seats in front of those rows usually don't recline. Tip Exit row seats are often not assigned until check-in. To snag one, get to the airport early. Step 5: Consider the pitch Consider the pitch of the seat, which is the distance between your seat and the one in front of you. You'll find this information on airline seat websites. Step 6: Take turbulence into account Take turbulence into account. If you're a white-knuckle flyer, sit over the front of the wing; that's where you're least likely to feel turbulence. Avoid the back, where you'll feel every bump. Step 7: Consider the noise If you need peace and quiet, avoid sitting in the back, where the engines are the loudest. And steer clear of the bulkhead, where families with babies are usually seated. Step 8: Book early When you buy your ticket, be sure to book your specific seat, either online or by calling the airline directly. Tip Increase your odds of sitting beside an empty middle seat by requesting a back row where either the aisle or window seat is already booked. The middle seats in back rows fill up last. Step 9: Check back the day before Check back 24 hours before your flight; this is when prime seating often is released. Plus, airlines occasionally switch planes, possibly turning your chosen seat into an undesirable one! Step 10: Join a good-seat program If you're a frequent flyer, consider joining an airline program that guarantees a good seat for an annual fee. Did You Know? The average airline seat in coach is just 17.2 inches wide.
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How to Repaint a Piece of Furniture
Watch more Home Repair & DIY videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/323-How-to-Repaint-a-Piece-of-Furniture Whether you're resurrecting an old, beat-up wooden table or giving that avocado-colored nightstand a new lease on life, a quick coat of paint can update even the most hopeless furniture. Step 1: Protect floor Put the piece of furniture on some newspaper or a drop cloth to protect your floor from paint. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated location. Step 2: Remove hardware If the item has any hardware, unscrew and remove it now. Step 3: Remove grit Gently rub the surface of the furniture with your fine-grit sandpaper to remove any grit and to help the paint adhere. Step 4: Remove dust Remove any dust from the piece with a tack rag or a damp microfiber cloth. Tip You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove the dust. Step 5: Apply primer Apply a thin coat of primer to the entire piece, brushing with the grain of the wood if it's visible. Tip If you're going to use a bright or deep colored paint, mix a little of it into your primer for better coverage. Step 6: Let primer dry Wait at least an hour or two for the primer to dry completely. Step 7: Apply paint coat Apply a coat of your paint over the primer, again brushing with the grain of the wood if it's visible. Tip Start painting in the middle of the object, as opposed to the outside. This will avoid paint dripping from the edges. Tip For a very modern look, use a semi- or high-gloss paint with a foam brush for a smooth, shiny finish Step 8: Let paint dry Wait for the paint to dry completely—the longer you wait, the better, so try to let it dry overnight if you can. Step 9: Paint 2nd coat If the paint still looks a little spotty, blotchy, or uneven, give the furniture a second coat of paint. Step 10: Apply varnish If the furniture will be outside or is likely to get scratched or dinged from heavy use, apply a coat of varnish. Step 11: Replace hardware When the paint is completely dry, put any hardware you removed back on—or replace it with new, updated hardware—and position your renewed piece in a place of honor. Did You Know? Avocado green was the designer color of the 1960s and 1970s—there were avocado refrigerators, avocado countertops, even avocado toilets!
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How to Wake Up Early When You Absolutely Have To
Watch more Sleep Tips videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/476-How-to-Wake-Up-Early-When-You-Absolutely-Have-To Today's the big day! You've got that big important job interview at 8 a.m. sharp! So up and at 'em soldier, time to seize the day! Step 1: Figure out time you must wake up The evening before the big day, figure out exactly what time you need to be up in the morning. Work backwards from the time of your appointment, factoring in how long you’ll need to shower, have breakfast, and so on.Subtract the total amount of time from your appointment time… That’s when you absolutely have to wake up. Tip Don’t pad your times; if you do, you’ll know you have extra time built in and you won’t take your wake-up time seriously. Step 2: Prepare night before The night before the event, make whatever preparations you can to save yourself some time the next morning. Step 3: Get a friend to call Call a friend who’s an early-riser and ask them to call you at your designated wake-up time. Tip Don’t forget to thank your special friend afterwards with a small gift or notion. Step 4: Set alarm Set the most annoying alarm clock you can find to your designated wake-up time. Then set as many more as you can get your hands on to go off each minute leading up to it. Step 5: Go to bed early When everything’s set, go to bed. Make sure you 'turn in' no later than eight hours before you need to be awake. Tip If you have roommates, ask them to respect your need for sleep. If they have to play video games past your bedtime, they can mute the TV. Step 6: Pick good sleeping position Pick a good sleeping position. Sleep experts recommend sleeping on your side, and advise against sleeping on your stomach. Step 7: Get up w/ first alarm When the first alarm sounds, get up immediately. You don’t want the rest of them going off, do you? Step 8: Complete morning routine Complete your morning routine exactly as planned, using only as much time as you allotted yourself for each activity. Or less--if you finish early, you’ll have time to relax and gather your thoughts. Step 9: Go get 'em Now go get ‘em, tiger! Ace that interview! Land that job! Attaboy! Did You Know? Ducks sleep with only half their brain at a time--the other half is awake and on the alert for predators.
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How to Pick a Lock
Use this knowledge only for good, not evil! The CIA Lockpicking Manual: http://amzn.to/1NqJe82 Visual Guide to Lock Picking (Third Edition) Perfect Paperback: http://amzn.to/1P1p6K1 9-Piece Unlocking Lock Pick Set Key Extractor Tool: http://amzn.to/1R1DQWL Leather Packing Titanize Scissors And Single Hook: http://amzn.to/1Pk8Pij Mything(TM)Professional Cutaway Practice Crystal Padlock+Lock: http://amzn.to/1jeKU7W Watch more Home Security & Safety videos: Locked yourself out of the house? Most common pin and tumbler locks can be picked with a little luck and finesse—so before you call a locksmith, try this. Warning Only pick your own locks—or you could wind up in a lot of trouble. Step 1: Get a paperclip Get a paperclip or safety pin and bend it straight. Now make a slight upwards bend at the very end. Tip You can buy a professional lock pick set at a hardware store. There is a basic size intended for American locks. Step 2: Insert the wrench Insert your wrench into the lower part of the keyhole—that is, the side opposite the one where the key’s teeth would go in. Step 3: Determine direction Figure out which way the lock needs to be turned to open by turning the wrench clockwise and then counterclockwise. You’ll feel which way has more give. Step 4: Turn the lock Turn the lock the correct way with the wrench, putting slight pressure on it. Hold the wrench in place. Step 5: Insert the paperclip While keeping pressure on the lock, insert the end of the paperclip into the top part of the keyhole. Step 6: Feel for pins Feel around the keyhole with the paperclip until you locate the pins. If you’re picking a common door lock, there will most likely be at least five of them in a row. Tip Before you start, many experts suggest 'raking' the lock. Straighten your second paperclip, put a few bends at the wire’s end, and—with no pressure on your wrench—shove it to the back of the lock. Now pull it out quickly, pressing against the top of the lock while gently turning your wrench. You might just set a pin or two that way. Step 7: Push up Now for the actual 'picking.' One at a time, push each pin up with the paperclip. Try to feel for the moment when the pin reaches its 'unlocked' position. You should feel a slight give—or even hear a faint click. Tip Start with the pin furthest away from you—then move on to the next. Step 8: Increase the pressure As you go, apply slightly more pressure with the wrench until you have all the pins lifted up. Step 9: Turn the wrench Now turn the wrench fully. Voila! The lock will pop open. Did You Know? Wooden locks were used as far back as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt.
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How to Overcome Any Fear
Watch more Self-Help & Improvement videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/2747-How-to-Overcome-Any-Fear Whether it’s heights, flying, or public speaking, a profound fear can compromise the quality of your life. Don’t live with yours another minute. Step 1: Write it out Write down exactly what you’re afraid of and why. Research shows that putting your fears in writing can be empowering, giving you more confidence and helping you realize that some things you’re worried about are plain ridiculous. Step 2: Have a mantra Pick an encouraging mantra like ‘'I can handle this' or 'Nothing can harm me,' and repeat it in your head whenever you have to do something that scares you. Psychologists say this instills courage. Step 3: Make a fist The next time you have to do something scary, make a fist, hold it for 10 seconds, then release. Sounds silly, but this reduces fear by relaxing muscle tension. Step 4: Eat more turkey Eat more turkey, cheese, and nuts. They all contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps people feel less anxious. Tip Drink a big glass of orange juice before you have to face any fear. Vitamin C lowers stress hormones in as little as 15 minutes! Step 5: Use soothing oils Use soothing essential oils. Available in health food stores, they have been used to battle stage fright, face frightening medical procedures, and deal with trauma. According to the directions, put a few drops on your wrist or under your tongue until you feel calmer. Step 6: Face your fear Face your fear—again and again and again. Research shows that repeatedly confronting your fear can suppress your fright response. In fact, experts say up to 90% of phobics can overcome a specific fear with this technique, known as 'exposure therapy.' Step 7: Ask your doctor Ask your doctor about medications that have shown promise in reducing fear when a person is faced with the scary situation. Did You Know? Kids are terrified by clowns. A poll conducted by an English university found that all 250 patients in a pediatric ward were afraid of clowns, a condition known as coulrophobia.
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How to Talk to Your Cat
Great Amazon Must Haves for any Cat Owner: Feline GREENIES Dental Treats for Cats: http://amzn.to/1UrL9rm Four Paws Magic Coat Love Glove Cat Grooming Mitt: http://amzn.to/1O8XYVQ Bergan Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy: http://amzn.to/1EBqPSY IRIS Open Top Litter Box with Shield and Scoop: http://amzn.to/1VwpII5 Watch more Cat Care & Grooming videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/3120-How-to-Talk-to-Your-Cat Sure, you talk to your cat now, but does he know what the heck you're saying? And do you understand his purrs and meows? If not, it's time to have a good chat with your furry friend. Step 1: Mimic his sounds Create greater intimacy with your cat by mimicking his meows. Just knowing that you’re attempting to speak his language will make him feel closer to you. Step 2: Use his name Increase your chances of your cat listening to you by using his name when you’re issuing a command. Tip Men should use a higher-pitched voice when speaking to their cats, because cats respond better to sopranos. Step 3: Watch your tone Like humans, cats seek clues about a person’s mood by listening to his voice. So when you talk to your cat, be sure that your tone matches the message you want to convey. Tip If you want your cat to know you’re upset that he just peed on the rug, do what his mom would do: Gently pick him up by the scruff of his neck and growl. Step 4: Learn his language Cats have about 100 words in their vocabulary in the form of meows, growls, purrs and hisses. Pay close attention and you'll begin to learn sound he makes when he's hungry, angry, fearful and so on. Step 5: Read his tail Learn how to read your cat’s tail. If only the tip is moving, he’s irritated. If the tail is swinging from side to side, he’s PO’d. If he’s carrying his tail tall and proud, he’s happy. Step 6: Interpret speed and volume Figure out kitty’s mood by paying attention to the speed and volume of his mewling. Fast, loud sounds indicate anxiety, while slow, quieter sounds convey confidence. Did You Know? In ancient Egypt, cats were so revered that when one died, the owner placed embalmed mice in the cat’s coffin so he’d have food in the afterlife.
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How to Make a Metal Detector
Watch more How to Do Fun Tech & Science Projects videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/25387-How-to-Make-a-Metal-Detector Like looking for lost treasure? There's no need to break the bank for a high-end metal detector — just dig through your junk drawer! Step 1: Disassemble the CD case Carefully disassemble the CD case by removing the insert that holds the CD in place. Step 2: Cut Velcro pieces On your radio, measure out an area centered on the back of the radio. Then cut a hook and loop piece of Velcro the same size. Step 3: Mount the radio Stick one side of the Velcro to the back of the radio, and stick the other piece of Velcro to one side of the CD case. Then mount the radio. Step 4: Mount the calculator Repeat the same process with the calculator, and apply the Velcro to the other side of the CD case. Then mount the calculator. Step 5: Set radio Make sure the radio is set to the AM band and turn it on. Now tune it on to the highest end of the AM band, but not directly at a broadcast station. Turn the volume up and all you should hear is static. Tip If there is a broadcast station at the very high end of the AM band, get as close as you can so you're just hearing static. Step 6: Fold CD case With the calculator on, start folding the CD case until you hear a loud tone. That tone is the electronic circuit in the calculator. It's producing a radio frequency signal that the AM radio is picking up. Step 7: Move toward metal object Now slowly open up the case again until you can barely hear the loud tone. Then start moving your radio and calculator close to a metal object, and you're hear the loud tone again. Now the next time you drop something valuable, get your homemade metal detector and find it! Did You Know? In 1881, Alexander Graham Bell used one of the first metal detectors to try and locate a bullet in President James Garfield's chest. He was unsuccessful because the metal bed Garfield was on confused the detector.
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How to Fit In on Your First Day Of Work
Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/43990-How-to-Fit-In-on-Your-First-Day-Of-Work Everyone is whispering and staring at you—or at least it feels that way. Here are a few quick tricks for dealing with those first-day-at-the-office jitters. Step 1: Choose outfit Choose your first day outfit carefully. Your clothes are a huge part of the image you project so play it safe—at least until people get to know you. Step 2: Show up on time Show up on time, but not too early—you want to appear conscientious and responsible, but you don't want to show up your new colleagues. Step 3: Be prepared to answer questions Be prepared to answer questions about who you are, where you're from, and what you're doing there. Rehearse your spiel ahead of time in order to come across as confident but not arrogant. Tip Be respectful to one and all. Not only is it good manners, but you still don't know who's who—or who's about to be promoted! Step 4: Do more listening than talking Do more listening than talking. The only thing people enjoy more than interrogating the newbie is talking about themselves. Tip Impress people by remembering their names. Make a quick mental association during introductions. For example, if you meet a woman named Sandy, picture a lovely beach. But if you meet a guy named Dick, you're on your own. Step 5: Introduce yourself to others Introduce yourself to others. It's one of the easiest ways to come across as friendly and competent. Step 6: Lunch Be prepared to either bite the bullet and ask someone to have lunch with you, or bring a book or work to occupy yourself if you plan to sit and eat alone. Step 7: Offer to help Offer to help. It immediately shows bosses and subordinates alike that you are a team player. Step 8: Don't suck up Don't suck up. Bosses can see right through it, and it won't win you any points with your new colleagues. Step 9: Don't rush home Don't rush out the door at 5:00, or you'll negate any goodwill you established during the day. Did You Know? According to a recent poll, 84% of Americans are not in their dream job.
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How to Negotiate an Apartment Lease
Watch more All about Apartment Rentals videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/363-How-to-Negotiate-an-Apartment-Lease Remember, a lease is an agreement, not an unconditional surrender. Don't sign on that dotted line until you're satisfied with what you're getting. Step 1: Check online for tenant rights Check online for the tenant rights in your city and state. Know exactly what a landlord can and can’t include in a lease. Step 2: Research markets Research the housing and rental markets in the immediate area. Ask around to find out what other tenants and neighbors are paying, and if they have any special deals with the landlord. If they do, you should too. Tip A building’s super is a gold mine of information. Ask them what the previous tenant was paying and if the apartment has any hidden problems – like bad plumbing, noisy neighbors, mysterious odors, etc. And don’t forget to tip them for helping you out – you may be living there soon. Step 3: Ask for copy of lease Ask the landlord for a copy of the lease before agreeing to move in and thoroughly review it. Make note of any stipulations that are NOT in your favor. Step 4: Let landlord know issues Now that you’re intimate with all the details – and possible drawbacks – of the apartment, inform the landlord that you really want to move in, but there are a few 'issues' you’d like to 'iron out' first. Landlords hate 'issues.' Tip Make sure you have a backup plan. Line up another possible apartment (or two) and be prepared to walk away if it comes to that. Do not let yourself be bullied into an unfavorable agreement. Step 5: Make counteroffer If and when the landlord is ready to talk, you should immediately – and without explanation – make a counteroffer on the amount of rent you’ll pay. A 5% reduction is a good starting point. Step 6: List reasons you should pay less Weather the landlord’s tirade, then calmly list all the reasons you should be paying less: the average neighborhood rents are lower than what he’s asking, the building has a bug problem, the nearest bus stop is a mile away, etc. Tip Always be calm, polite and professional, and if you’ve got any charm, turn it on. Make sure the landlord understands you’re negotiating in good faith and it’s not personal – you’re just looking out for #1 (that’s you). Landlords love 'looking out for #1.' Step 7: Offer lower reduction If the landlord won’t budge off the amount of rent, offer a lower reduction, say 3 percent, as a compromise. If they still won’t budge, focus on another area – like getting certain utilities or services included in the rent, or reducing the security deposit. Tip If you have the skills, time, and inclination, offer to perform some basic maintenance services in return for a reduction in rent. Step 8: Get settlements in writing Always get any negotiated settlements in writing – once you do, shake hands with your new business partner, and sign away. Did You Know? Members of the military who receive orders to relocate may break an apartment lease without penalty.
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How to Become an Extra in a Movie
Watch more How to Be an Actor videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/6441-How-to-Become-an-Extra-in-a-Movie As a film extra, you'll make some easy money, get a chance to see moviemaking up close, and perhaps become immortalized on screen. Here's how to get a gig. Step 1: Get a headshot Get a headshot. It doesn’t have to be a professional photo; you can have a friend to take a picture of your face with a digital camera and blow it up to 8' x 10.' Step 2: Write a resume Write a resume & attach it to the back of your headshot. Don’t worry if you don’t have any acting credits; list physical characteristics (like height, weight, hair & eye color) and any hobbies, sports ability, or special skills you have, such as dancing, horseback riding, juggling—even standing on your head. You never know what’s going to come up. Tip Don’t forget to include your phone number and email address on your resume. Step 3: Check the trades Check the help-wanted section of trade journals under 'auditions.' There are also websites that list extra opportunities. And if you live in an area where films often are shot, like L.A., New York City, Toronto, and Vancouver, there may be listings in the local papers. Step 4: Go to a talent agency Consider signing with an agency. Find a list online, or try centralcasting.org, which is the industry’s largest casting agency. Send a headshot and resume and then follow up with a phone call. Tip Make sure the fee the agency quotes you is in line with others in the business. Step 5: Be prepared When you get your first role, ask what you need to bring—some productions require that you bring your own clothes. Tip Know your rights: you’ll be eligible for pay increases if the conditions you’re working in are uncomfortable. Step 6: Behave yourself Behave yourself on the set. Never take photos, bother the crew, or approach the stars. Bring a book, iPod, or playing cards—you’ll be waiting around a lot! But you’ll also have fun, maybe see a celebrity, and have a good story to tell your friends. Did You Know? Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were extras in the Fenway Park scenes of Field of Dreams.
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How to Take Care of Yourself When You're Sick
Watch more Cough, Flu & Cold Remedies videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/1073-How-to-Take-Care-of-Yourself-When-Youre-Sick Oh, the misery! Your head is pounding, your whole body aches, and there's nobody—nobody—around to pamper you. You'll just have to pamper yourself. Step 1: Get lots of rest Get lots of rest. Don't try to work out, and make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Tip Don't worsen your situation—and get others sick—by going out or going to work. Step 2: Take Vitamin C Take in lots of vitamin C with supplements or through fluids like orange juice. Step 3: Eat dark chocolate Eat a little dark chocolate for its antioxidant qualities. Step 4: Use humidifier If you have a cough, put a humidifier near your bed, or wherever you're resting, to help you breath easier. Step 5: Drink warm fluids Take in warm fluids like soups and teas. Step 6: Keep yourself hydrated Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and an occasional electrolyte drink. Step 7: Avoid dairy products Avoid dairy products, which can uncomfortably coat the throat and mouth, as well as cause an upset stomach. Step 8: Rest Rest, rest, rest. Tip If you still feel lousy, try some over-the-counter medication—like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or cough syrup—to alleviate some of your symptoms. They won't cure you, but you'll feel better. Step 9: Wait it out Wait it out. It likely will take a few days for your sickness to run its course. But if your symptoms persist—or worsen dramatically—see a doctor! Did You Know? The number one way to prevent the spread of illness is by washing your hands.
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How to Avoid Jet Lag
Watch more Flying Tips videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/1531-How-to-Avoid-Jet-Lag You don't have to accept fatigue and sleeplessness as the cost of traveling to distant lands. There are a half a dozen things you can do to lessen the impact of crossing time zones. Step 1: Prepare your body Prepare your body for the new time zone by adjusting your schedule an hour or two earlier -- or later -- in the days just before the trip. Step 2: Eat healthy About four days before your trip, consume less fat, salt, caffeine, and sugar, and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Travelers on a typical American diet -- protein-heavy breakfasts, high-carb dinners -- tend to have a harder time sleeping at their destinations. Step 3: Go west If at all possible, try to fly west instead of east. It’s easier for the body to extend the day than to shorten it, so traveling west is easier to adjust to. Step 4: Set your watch Set your watch as soon as you board the plane for your destination’s time zone. Try to pretend that it is already that time and act accordingly--if it’s the middle of the night in your destination, try to fall asleep as soon as possible. Step 5: Dress comfortably Wear comfortable clothing on the plane. Tight clothing will reduce circulation and cause discomfort, interfering with your ability to sleep. Step 6: Don't consume caffeine or alcohol Don’t consume any caffeine or alcohol in flight. They’ll just dehydrate you and disrupt your sleep patterns. Drink lots of water instead. Tip Get up at least once every two hours to walk around. This will improve your circulation and reduce muscle stiffness. Step 7: Wear sunglasses Wear sunglasses during the last few hours of an overnight flight and for the first several hours after getting off the plane. Researchers have found that this helps people adjust their body clocks by altering their light patterns. Step 8: Don’t nap Resist the urge to nap upon arrival. Instead, try to get some exercise and some exposure to sunlight to stave off sleep until your normal bedtime. Did You Know? Hamsters who were given a shot of Viagra adjusted to a new time zone 20 to 50 percent faster than a control group, raising the possibility of the drug someday being prescribed for air travelers.
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How to Make a Taurus Fall in Love with You
Watch more Learn about Astrology videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/20013-How-to-Make-a-Taurus-Fall-in-Love-with-You Those born under the Taurus sign need to be handled with kid gloves. Step 1: Look good If you want to attract a Taurus, take pains to look good. When it comes to dating, Tauruses are choosy, and physical attraction is particularly important to them. Step 2: Wine and dine them Wine and dine them. Tauruses love the sensual pleasures of good food and drink. Tip Taurus women love a good restaurant, while Taurus men appreciate a home-cooked meal. Step 3: Don’t overspend Don’t overspend, either on yourself or on them. Tauruses are careful with their money, and expect a potential life partner to be a sensible spender, too. Step 4: Be circumspect When it comes to the opposite sex, be circumspect around a Taurus lover; they are extremely possessive, and prone to jealous fits. Tip If you cheat on a Taurus, be aware that they will likely never forgive you. They may even seek revenge! Step 5: Kiss their throat and neck To turn on a Taurus, kiss their throat and neck, which are Tauruses’ erogenous zones. Step 6: Be loyal Be loyal to a Taurus, and they will be devoted to you. You might even inspire them to spend some of their hard-earned cash on a pricey present for you! Did You Know? Jack Nicholson, Leonardo da Vinci, and Barbra Streisand are all Tauruses. And presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth.
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How to Take a Cab in New York City
Watch more NYC Travel videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/1615-How-to-Take-a-Cab-in-New-York-City There's more to taking a taxi in New York City than hailing it down. You've got to know how to survive the ride. Step 1: Know where you’re going Before you hail a cab, get a rough idea of how far you’re going and how much it should cost. If you're not sure, ask a New Yorker. Most will be happy to help you avoid getting ripped off by an unscrupulous cabbie. Step 2: Step off the curb Step off the curb and face the oncoming traffic. Just don't step so far off the curb that you're standing in a lane of traffic. Step 3: Hail a cab Hail a cab by raising your arm when you spot one with its middle roof light on, indicating it’s available. If no lights are on, it’s occupied. If the outer lights are on, it’s off duty. If it’s a livery car or limo—and not a real yellow cab—it’s not supposed to stop, so don’t get in. Step 4: Avoid busy areas Don’t try to hail a cab just slightly in front of someone else with their arm out—it's rude. If you’re in an area where lots of people are trying to get cabs, walk a few blocks to a less competitive location. Tip New York cabs go off duty around 4:00 in the afternoon to change shifts, which makes finding a free one almost impossible. Try hailing an off-duty cab by indicating with your fingers that you’re only going a short distance—if the cabbie is going your way anyway, he might just take you. Step 5: Enter and exit on sidewalk Play it safe by always getting in—and out—of the cab on the same side as the sidewalk. Tip Only four passengers are allowed in a regular-sized taxi—unless the fifth passenger is under 7 and seated on someone’s lap. Step 6: Know your rights Know your rights. You have the right to tell the driver which route to take, you can ask him to slow down, and you are in control of the heat, AC, and radio. You are also entitled to be driven anywhere in the five boroughs. Tip If the driver says he doesn’t go outside Manhattan, politely contradict him and make a note of his medallion number—located on the window shield dividing the front seat from the rear—so you can report him if need be. Step 7: Buckle up Buckle up. Better safe then sorry. Step 8: Watch the meter Watch the meter. When you hop in the cab, the fare starts at $2.50. The meter will increase 40 cents every fifth of a mile (approximately four blocks) or, if you’re standing still or crawling along slowly, once every minute. There is no extra charge for luggage. Tip On weekdays from 4pm to 8pm, there’s an extra $1 surcharge. And every night after 8 p.m., there is a night surcharge of 50 cents. Step 9: Know airport fares Know your airport fares. LaGuardia is a regular metered fare, but you’re also responsible for any tolls along the way. If you’re going from JFK to Manhattan, or vice versa, there’s a flat fare of $45 plus tolls. If you’re heading to Newark airport, there is an extra $15 charge plus return tolls to New York City. Tip Note that New York City cabs can drop you at Newark airport, but because it’s out of state, they’re not legally allowed to pick up fares. Step 10: Pay the fare Pay the fare, and unless you had the worst ride of your life, add a nice tip: cab drivers work hard for the money. 10 to 20 percent tip is customary. Step 11: Get a receipt Always get the receipt. It has the taxi’s medallion number on it, which will come in handy if you accidentally leave something in the cab. And before you get out, take a last look around… inside and out. Did You Know? There are more than 10,000 yellow cabs servicing the city of New York.
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How to Cure a Hangover
Watch more Bar Life & the Art of Drinking videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/2032-How-to-Cure-a-Hangover Nothing's more fun than having a few drinks with friendsuntil the room starts spinning, your mouth is parched, and your head feels like it's about to explode. Here's how to feel human again. Step 1: Drink water Because most of a hangover's vile symptoms are the result of dehydration, drink as much water as you can when you get home from your big night out. Tip You can speed up the hydration process by adding half a teaspoon of salt to each quart of water you drink; the salt helps the body absorb the water. Step 2: Burn some toast Burn yourself some toast. Studies show the carbon helps absorb the impurities released when alcohol is metabolized in your body. Tip You may also want to keep Vitamins B-1 and B-6, Vitamin C, and the amino acid supplement N-Acetyl-Cysteine on hand in your medicine chest; taking them together has been proven to reduce hangover symptoms. Step 3: Take effervescent pain relievers If your stomach is upset, go for the pop, pop, fizz, fizz of effervescent pain relief tablets; they'll help neutralize your stomach acid. Step 4: Take ibuprofen If you have a headache, take ibuprofen; mixing aspirin and alcohol can irritate the lining of your stomach, and mixing acetaminophen and alcohol can increase your risk of liver damage. Tip Never take aspirin before drinking: Studies show it can increase your blood alcohol level by a whopping 30 percent! Step 5: Have a sports drink In the morning, have a sports drink to replace the electrolytes your body has lost. Step 6: Eat an egg sandwich Indulge in a nice, greasy bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich for breakfast. People swear by it as a cure, and scientists speculate it helps because the carbs raise blood sugar levels, the fat absorbs alcohol, and the salt replaces your body's depleted sodium. Tip For extra sodium, and extra pep, add a few dashes of hot sauce to your egg sandwich. Step 7: Drink a cola Nauseous? Drink a cola. It contains phosphoric acid, an ingredient in the drug Emetrol, which controls vomiting. Step 8: Sleep When all else fails, climb back into bed. There's a reason they call it "sleeping it off." Did You Know? Champagne causes the worst hangovers.
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How to Make S’Mores
Watch more Camping Equipment & Tips videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/25124-How-to-Make-SMores The hot dogs are all eaten and the fire is still crackling. It’s the perfect time to make some delicious s’mores. Step 1: Prepare the crackers Prepare your graham crackers by breaking a long one into two equal squares and placing them side-by-side. Step 2: Place the chocolate on a cracker Then take a piece of chocolate and lay it on one of the squares of graham cracker. Place that on a plate and leave it in on a rock or another convenient place near the fire. Step 3: Toast your marshmallow Toast your marshmallow by placing a large marshmallow on the end of a long wooden stick or a metal roasting fork. Hold the marshmallow over the red embers of the fire. Turn the stick until the outside of the marshmallow is golden brown and just starting to get mushy. Tip S’mores can also be made in the microwave. They aren’t as good, but it’s much faster and you don’t need a fire. Step 4: Sandwich the marshmallow between the crackers Take your toasted marshmallow—still on the stick—and lay it on the side of the cracker with the chocolate. Now take the other half of the cracker and cover the hot marshmallow, pressing down firmly enough to pull out the stick. Step 5: Let the hot marshmallow sit for 30 seconds Let the hot marshmallow sit for about 30 seconds, long enough to melt the chocolate and cool off a bit. Tip For a classy variation, add a strawberry to the marshmallow when toasting and then follow the same steps as before. Name it something French-sounding, like 'S’mores à la fraise.' Step 6: Squish and eat Now squish the s’more between your fingers and eat it. Make sure to lick the goo that slides out the sides. Did You Know? The first recipe for s’mores appeared in the Girl Scout handbook of 1927.
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How to Have a Yard Sale
Watch more How to Make Money Fast videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/14326-How-to-Have-a-Yard-Sale All it takes is some advance planning—and a little psychology—to unload all your junk in a yard sale. Step 1: Have a co-sale Get as many friends, neighbors, and relatives to participate as you can. The bigger the sale, the better everyone will do. Step 2: Advertise Advertise your yard sale a few days ahead of time by putting up clearly marked signs with the date of the sale on them in thick black lettering that can be read from a car. Place the signs every 50 feet or so, with arrows. If you’re selling a lot of stuff, place a classified ad in the local paper, or post an online ad on Craigslist. Tip If you take out an ad, be specific about some of the stuff you’re selling, like 'toddler-size boys’ clothes' or 'exercise equipment.' Step 3: Find ways to display goods Assemble as many card tables as you can; items sell better if they’re neatly displayed, as opposed to strewn on the lawn. If you’re selling clothes, hang them from a clothing rack. Step 4: Spruce up sale items Spruce up the items you’re selling as best you can. Shiny knickknacks and clean, pressed clothes will sell better than stuff people are afraid to touch. Use pretty ribbon to bundle loose items. Step 5: Collect grocery bags and boxes Start accumulating grocery bags and boxes. People will buy more if you make it easier for them to carry off their purchases. Step 6: Prepare a “free” box Take everything you want to get rid of that you can’t imagine anyone paying for and put it in a carton clearly marked 'FREE.' Stick it in a prominent place near the curb to attract passersby. Tip If you have a lot of toys, put them in a 'take one free' box for children. Step 7: Be able to make change Keep at least $50 in coins and small bills in your cash box so you can make change. Step 8: Price items Figure out what you want for an item and then mark it up a bit; people like to haggle. A good rule of thumb is to charge a quarter of the original cost for items in good condition. Tip Do a little sleuthing. You don’t want to sell a candy dish for 50 cents and then find out it was worth $500. Check your prices against online auctions sites, like eBay. Step 9: Provide an electrical cord If you’re selling electric items, snake an extension cord from the house so people can test the goods. Step 10: Have a mirror Have a mirror so people can see how hats, scarves, jewelry, and such look on them. Step 11: Group like items Group like items—kitchen stuff on one table, tools on another. Step 12: Put out refreshments Put out refreshments. Providing coffee, lemonade, and cookies will most likely pay for itself by encouraging people to linger longer. Step 13: Be flexible Be flexible about prices, especially as the day winds down. Do you really want to lug all this stuff back inside your house? Did You Know? The world’s longest yard sale takes place every summer along a 630-mile stretch from Ohio to Alabama.
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How to Avoid Getting Sick on Amusement Park Rides
Watch more Summer Fun videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/13877-How-to-Avoid-Getting-Sick-on-Amusement-Park-Rides Enjoy those thrilling theme park rides without losing your lunch. Step 1: Take motion sickness medication Take an over-the-counter motion sickness medication, like Dramamine, at least an hour before you begin going on rides. But don’t take anything if you’re going to be behind the wheel, as these meds can cause drowsiness. Step 2: Take some ginger If you want a natural remedy, take a capsule or two of powdered ginger, available at health stores. Studies have shown ginger is effective in combating motion sickness. Step 3: Stay hydrated Sip water throughout the day. Being dehydrated increases your risk of ride-induced nausea and headaches. Step 4: Don’t stuff yourself Resist the urge to stuff yourself. Getting on a ride with a belly full of funnel cakes and corn dogs is just asking for it. Tip Enjoy whatever junk food you want by eating mini-meals throughout the day. Step 5: Sit in the front If you have a choice, always sit in the front of the ride. Your chances of getting nauseous are higher in the back. Step 6: Avoid multiple motion Avoid rides with multiple motions. Sitting in a cup that is twirling, tilting, rising, and descending—all while moving counterclockwise—is a recipe for disaster. Tip Rides with the highest barf factor are those that spin or rock back and forth, roller coasters with turns that are tight and frequent, and rides that often go upside down. Step 7: Try pressure point bracelets Try wearing pressure point bracelets; some people find them very effective. They’re available at drugstores. Did You Know? In 2003, an American man rode a roller coaster in an English amusement park for 401 hours, or more than 16 days.
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How to Make a Leo Fall in Love with You
Watch more Learn about Astrology videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/19989-How-to-Make-a-Leo-Fall-in-Love-with-You Once you know what makes a Leo tick, it will be easy to get under his or her skin. Step 1: Admire them Admire them. Leos have a very healthy self-image, to say the least, so the first step to ingratiating yourself is to flatter them shamelessly. Trust us: You cannot overdo this. Step 2: Invite them to a pricey restaurant Invite them to a pricey restaurant – the more expensive and exclusive, the better. The only thing Leos love more than spending money on themselves is having someone else do it. Step 3: Let them talk Let them talk. And talk. And talk some more. Leos love to talk. So ask lots of questions and, above all, do not interrupt them. Tip Never steal a Leo’s thunder in any way; they’ll resent you for it. Step 4: Make them laugh Make them laugh. Leos have a great sense of humor and love to laugh – as long as the joke is not on them. Expect dire consequences if you dare to make them the butt of a joke. Step 5: Give extravagant gifts Give them extravagant gifts, because Leos adore luxury. If you’re a cheapskate at heart, don’t even think about wooing a Leo. Tip Airline tickets to faraway places and adventure travel packages make fine gifts for Leos, who love the exotic. Step 6: Throw them a party Throw them a party, especially if it’s to celebrate one of their accomplishments. Leos like nothing more than to be the center of attention, though they’d rather be in the spotlight for getting a big promotion than for turning 40. Step 7: Give them space Give them space. Leos need freedom and hate routine, so expecting them to meet you at the same place for sushi every Friday night is a quick way to alienate them. Step 8: Never let your guard down When it comes to massaging Leo’s ego, never let your guard down. A good-natured jibe about budding love handles will not be appreciated. Keep the flattery up and the criticism to yourself, and you have a good chance of winning Leo’s famed loyalty. Did You Know? Madonna and Bill Clinton are both Leos. And Dan Evins, co-founder of Cracker Barrel.
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How to Make Your Girlfriend's Parents Like You
Watch more Relationship Survival Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/1221-How-to-Make-Your-Girlfriends-Parents-Like-You What's even more frightening to men than "We need to talk?" How about: "I want you to meet my parents." Step 1: Find out about them Find out as much as you can about her parents. Are they ultra-conservative? Aging hippies? Avid travelers? Obsessed golfers? Tip Knowing a bit about them will help you decide how to dress and which way to steer the conversation. Step 2: Get haircut & clean nails Get a haircut—even if it's just a trim—and clean your fingernails. This tells her parents that you think enough of their daughter to make an effort. Step 3: Ask girlfriend what to wear Ask your girlfriend's advice on what you should wear—and then take it. If you have any doubt, go for pants and a button-down or collared shirt. Step 4: Bring a gift Bring a gift. A bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine are usually appropriate. Tip If you bring flowers, include an inexpensive vase so your hosts don't have to scramble around for one. Step 5: Introduce yourself When you're introduced, smile, look her parents directly in the eyes, and extend your hand. Nothing says "I can take care of your daughter" better than a firm handshake. Step 6: Ask lots of questions Ask lots of questions; people love to talk about themselves. Tip Score extra points by asking what your girlfriend was like as a child. Step 7: Use etiquette Remember those little etiquette rules your mom used to nag you about? Use them! Hold doors open, pull out the ladies' chairs, and stand up anytime a woman enters or leaves the room. Step 8: Be prepared Be prepared to answer lots of probing questions about your background and life goals. Grin and bear it. Step 9: Say thank you When you leave, thank her parents for the evening. Single out something to make it sound sincere, such as, "Thanks so much for dinner. That pot roast was really delicious." Did You Know? A survey of single people found that 42% of them wait six months or more before bringing a significant other home.
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How to Get a Good Night's Sleep in Your Car
Watch more How to Make the Most of Your Car videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/23133-How-to-Get-a-Good-Nights-Sleep-in-Your-Car Crashing—and by that we mean sleeping—in your car can be reasonably comfortable if you know a few tricks. Warning Sleeping in your car is illegal in many places. Check with the local police before sleeping on public property. Step 1: Pick a good snooze spot Pick a good spot to snooze, meaning one that is relatively safe and that limits your risk of being hassled by the police or anyone else. Highway rest stops are good during the day, when many people pull over to catch a few Zs. Step 2: Park strategically Park the car with the morning in mind. If you want to be up with the roosters and don’t have anything blocking out the sunlight, park facing east, where the sun rises. Otherwise, face your car west. Tip Bring a compass with you so you always know which way you’re facing. Step 3: Pee before bed Find a restroom to use before you settle in for the night. You don’t want to have to answer the call of nature when you’re bedded down in your car. Step 4: Install a tension curtain rod Put your blackout curtains on the tension rod and secure it between the driver’s side and front passenger windows to block the view through the windshield. Step 5: Make your bed Arrange your bedding into a cozy sleeping space. Adjust the seats to give you the most room, and tuck any seat belts you can into the cushions, so they don’t poke you. Tip If you have a hatchback with seats that fold down, turn your backseat into a comfy bed with a camping cot or sleeping pad. Step 6: Dress for rest Change into something that’s as soft and unrestrictive as pajamas, yet socially acceptable to wear in public. A sweat suit and thick gym socks is a good choice. Step 7: Regulate your body temperature If it’s cool outside, put on a wool cap and socks to preserve body heat. If it’s hot, wet a t-shirt, some wristbands and a bandanna with ice water and wear them to 'bed.' Step 8: Keep your cellphone with you Keep your cellphone nearby just in case. Sweet dreams! Did You Know? Many Wal-Marts allows people to park in their lots at night to sleep.
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How to Do the Scorpion Pose
Watch more How to Do Yoga Poses videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/401-How-to-Do-the-Scorpion-Pose The Scorpion Pose is a favorite of Cirque de Soleil performers and contortionists of all stripes, which is to say it's a very advanced position not for the faint of heart—or weak of back. Tip Warm up your neck and shoulders by doing other yoga poses first, like the Cat Cow, Cobra, and Bridge poses. Step 1: Get on hands & knees Begin on your hands and knees. Tip To help stabilize yourself, face a wall with your hands about six inches away from it. Step 2: Lower forearms Lower your forearms onto the floor in front of you with your elbows shoulder-width apart. Tip To bring your forearms to the correct distance apart, grasp each elbow with the opposite hand. Step 3: Place hands on floor Place your hands palm down on the floor, fingers spread, and forearms parallel to each other. Tip For added support, form a triangle with your forearms by sliding your hands toward each other until the tips of your thumbs are touching. Step 4: Straighten legs & raise hips Straighten your legs, raising your hips up so your body forms an inverted V. Step 5: Walk feet toward body Walk your feet toward your body, straightening your back and keeping your weight on your elbows. Step 6: Bend knees & lift feet Slowly bend your knees and lift—try not to kick or jump—your feet straight up off the mat. Step 7: Align body Lift your legs straight up so your entire body forms a straight line and there is perfect alignment between your hips, torso, neck, head and shoulders. Step 8: Press against mat Press against the mat with your forearms to protect your neck, which should not be bearing your body weight. Step 9: Lower feet Slowly bend your knees, bringing your feet down toward your head. Arch your back, keeping your body weight on your elbows. Tip If you are using a wall, bend your knees until your feet touch the wall, then walk them slowly down as you lift your chest toward your feet arching into a back bend. Step 10: Hold pose Hold the pose for as long as you're comfortable. Tip Remember that you need strength and control to come out of the pose properly, so don't hold it too long. Step 11: Release pose Release the pose by carefully coming down the same way you went up. Now you might want to re-consider running away to join the circus. Did You Know? There are 90 species of scorpions in the U.S., but only one of them is considered dangerous to humans.
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How to Make an Aries Fall in Love with You
Watch more Learn about Astrology videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/19922-How-to-Make-an-Aries-Fall-in-Love-with-You The Aries man or woman can be tough to figure out, but we're going to tell you how to push all the right buttons. Step 1: Challenge them Instead of asking an Aries out to dinner or a movie for your first date, challenge them to a tennis match, a ski race, or a basketball game. Aries are athletic and love to be physically active. Step 2: Be creative Be creative when it comes to gifts. An Aries doesn’t care how much you spend on a present, so long as it’s something original and exciting, like a treasure hunt you’ve set up for them. Tip Aries tend to be spendthrifts, so an Aries partner has to take the reins when it comes to finances. Step 3: Go with the flow Go with the flow. Aries are impulsive, energetic, and fearless, so they like a partner who can keep up with them, whether they’re jumping out of a plane or getting frisky in a public place. Step 4: Romance them Romance them. Though brash and headstrong, Aries are also extremely sentimental. Preserving a memento from a special date and presenting it at a later time will make them melt. Step 5: Avoid routine Avoid routine. Aries are easily bored, so take pains to make sure your relationship stays fresh – especially in bed. Step 6: Develop a thick skin Develop a thick skin. Aries are extremely opinionated, have a fiery temper, and are not known for their tact. But if you learn not to take their occasional outbursts personally, you’ll be rewarded with a relationship that is rarely boring. Did You Know? David Letterman, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, and Vincent van Gogh were all born under Aries.
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How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea
Watch more How to Make Vodka Drinks videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/407-How-to-Make-a-Long-Island-Iced-Tea It may look like plain old iced tea, but this drink—invented near Long Island's Jones Beach in the 1970s—is one potent potation and the East Coast's answer to the Zombie. Step 1: Fill with ice Fill the shaker with ice. Step 2: Add vodka, rum, & gin Add 1/2 an ounce of vodka, 1/2 an ounce of rum, and pour in 1/2 an ounce of gin. Step 3: Add triple sec, tequila, & lemon juice Continue to add the alcohol. Add 1/2 an ounce of triple sec, now add 1/2 an ounce of tequila, and pour in 1 ounce of lemon juice. Step 4: Add sugar Drop in 1 teaspoon of sugar. Tip Some recipes will call for sour mix, but using lemon juice and sugar instead can give a fresher, more consistent flavor. Step 5: Shake Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Step 6: Strain into glass Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Step 7: Fill with ice Fill the highball glass about halfway with ice. Step 8: Add cola Top off the glass with cola to add the color of an iced tea. Tip For a Long Beach Iced Tea, swap cranberry juice for the cola. Step 9: Stir & drink Add the straw, stir, and sip with caution—this one's got a nasty undertow. Did You Know? With nearly 8 million residents, Long Island, NY has a higher population than 97 countries around the globe.
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How to Decorate Christmas Sugar Cookies
Watch more Christmas Recipes videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/75144-How-to-Decorate-Christmas-Sugar-Cookies Step 1: Get supplies Go to a baking-supply or craft store, or shop online for specialty cookie-decorating items. Step 2: Jazz them up There are tons of ways to decorate your cookies before baking. After you've rolled out the dough and cut the cookies into shapes, press currants, nuts, or candy into them. Or brush them lightly with egg white and dust with colored sanding sugar or sprinkles. Tip Dragees, those tiny gold and silver balls that adorn fancy cookies and cakes, are edible. But because they contain real metal, eating them is not advisable. Step 3: Glaze them To add colorful shine, glaze cookies before baking by whisking a few drops of liquid food coloring into an egg yolk and spreading it on with a pastry brush or small artist’s brush. Tip If you want to hang cookies on your Christmas tree, use a straw to make holes in the tops before baking. Step 4: Create stained glass For a stained-glass effect, put hard candies into a plastic bag, crush them with a rolling pin, and then sprinkle them onto unbaked cookies. The candies will melt to look like beautiful stained-glass windows. Tip Do a test cookie to make sure the candy doesn’t start to burn before the cookie is fully baked. If that happens, add the candy after the cookies are half-baked. Step 5: Ice them For already-baked cookies, try frosting them. Whip up some royal icing, divide it into separate batches, and tint with food-coloring gel or paste. Put the icing in plastic squeeze bottles, pipe it around the outline of each cookie, squeeze some in the center, and spread it evenly over the top with a butter knife or a brush. Tip For a marbled effect, spread a light coating of white icing on the cookies. Then pipe on stripes of colored icing and swirl them with a toothpick. Step 6: Make them glitter Frosted cookies can be decorated even more by sprinkling them with edible glitter or luster dust. Step 7: Make rolled fondant Make or buy rolled fondant. Add food-coloring gel or paste to different batches, roll them out, and use your cookie cutters to make pieces that are identical to your cookies. Brush the bottoms with a tiny bit of water and press them onto the cookies. Step 8: Store properly Store your cookies in airtight containers, in single layers separated by waxed paper. Did You Know? More than 55 million American households bake holiday cookies.
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