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31 Life Hacks From The 90s That Sound Pretty Hilarious Now

Published 5 months ago

As the name suggests, life hacks are like little cheat codes that make our lives a tiny bit easier. However, just like fashion trends and iPhones, sometimes they become outdated to the point where it’s pretty hilarious.

Today we have for you a series of obsolete life hacks from the past that will make you relive the 90s once again. Tamagotchis, printed Mapquest instructions, and VHS rewinders – check out all the old school life hacks from your youth in the gallery below!

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#1 If You Want To Download A Song, Start Downloading Before Bed. It Should Be At Like 99% By The Time You Wake Up

#2 If Your Mouse Is Lagging, Take Out The Ball And Clean It. It’s Probably Just Dusty

#3 Use Sites Like Mapquest To Print Directions For Where You’re Heading. Never Get Lost Again

#4 Never Shut Down Your Computer Unless You See The “It’s Now Okay To Shut Down Your Computer”

#5 If You Have A Quick Message For Someone, And You Are Near A Payphone But Don’t Have 25 Cents, Dial 1-800-Collect And When It Asks To Say Your Name, Say The Message Real Fast. ::ring Ring:: “Hello?” “You Have A Collect- Call From [ma-Practiceisovercomepickmeup], Will You Accept The Charges?

#6 When Burning Your Next Ripped Smashmouth, Nirvana Or Alanis Morisette Cd, Make Sure You Close All Open Programs To Avoid Buffer Underrun

#7 If The Game Isn’t Working, Just Take It Out And Blow On It

#8 When You Get A 2-Day Rental From Blockbuster In The Evening, You Actually Have Until The Morning Of The Third Day To Return It Without A Late Fee

#9 Keep A Disposable Camera In Your Glove Compartment. If You Get Into A Car Accident You Can Use It To Take Photos For Insurance Purposes

#10 Can’t Afford A Magic Eye Poster? Simply Take A Photo Of Some TV Static, Stick It To Your Wall And Tell Everyone It’s A Dolphin

Image source: wikipedia

#11 Grab The Free Aol Floppies At Comp USA Checkout Stands, Then Place A Piece Of Tape Over The Lock Hole. Reformat The Disk, And Use Them For Personal Files

#12 When Leaving Your Car Hide Your Radio

#13 In Simcity, Press Ctrl+shift+c And Enter ‘Motherlode’ For An Extra 50,000 Simoleans

#14 Save Yourself A Lot Of Time And Invest In A Vhs Rewinder

#15 If You Get A Prank Call, Just Dial *69 To Call Those Bastards Back And Confront Them

#16 When Playing Simon, Assign Each Color A Number. Count Them Out As They Light Up, It’s Easier To Remember A Number Sequence Than Colors

#17 If You Don’t Have Any More Room In Your Packed Bags Before Flying Somewhere, Wear Cargo Pants And Cram A Bunch Of Stuff In The Pockets. To Avoid Getting Gouged On Drinks At The Airport, Stuff A Couple Bottlers Of Soda In Those Pockets, And A Plastic Flask

#18 Twist A Knotted Slinky Counter To The Knot, Then Twist Back The Opposite Direction To Quickly Fix A Messed Up Slinky

#19 If A Winged Tamagotchi Appears On Your Screen, It Means That Your Tamagotchi Decided To Go Back To It’s Home Planet. But Don’t Despair, Simply Press The (A) And (C) Buttons At The Same Time And Your New Egg Is Ready For Hatching

#20 Waiting For A Phone Call Call And Don’t Want Your Parents To Hear It Ring? Call The Movie Theater And Listen To Today’s Listings Until Call Waiting Beeps

#21 When You’re Watching Scrambled Porn Around Midnight On The Playboy Or Spice Channels, Make Sure You Have Cartoon Network Or Espn On Your “Last Channel” Button Just In Case Mom Or Dad Check On You

#22 Computer Frozen? Hold Ctrl+alt+delete To Close The Application Or Restart

#23 Your Computer Game Running Too Fast Or Too Slow? Switch The Turbo Button On Your Computer Case On/Off

#24 Hold Your Slammer Between Two Fingers, And Throw It Down Hard While Spinning It. This Will Cause Most Of The Pogs To Flip! If You’re Playing For Keeps, Jackpot!

#25 Use A Safety Pin To Securely Attach The Ty Tag To Your Beanie Baby And Ensure It Won’t Lose Value

#26 Pad All Important Files To 1.45mb So They’re Too Big To Be Stolen On A Floppy Disk

#27 Frost Your Tips For 100% Success With The Ladies

#28 Tired Of Paying The Outrageous 3$ For A Pop At The Movies? Wear Cargo Pants And Sneak Snacks In That Way

Image source: wikipedia

#29 Convince Your Friends That You’re A Supercool Raver By Sticking Strips Of Coloured Tin Foil To Your Trousers

Image source: wikipedia

#30 Don’t Want People To Read Your Diary? Simply Hide It Inside An Empty Sliding Doors Vhs Case

#31 Fool Friends Into Thinking You’re Wearing A Global Hypercolour Shirt By Dipping Your Hands In Bleach And Touching Your Clothes

Image source: wikipedia

Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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