You’d probably never consider using advice given in the early 1900s to solve everyday problems. It’s not like people back then knew the first things about how to make your lips plumpier a la Kylie Jenner, fixing a wet iPhone by soaking it in rice, or getting rid of cat hair with Scotch tape. If we need to fix anything, we’ll simply search for “hacks” on YouTube or Pinterest. But back then, people didn’t have those options. So Gallaher’s Cigarettes, a UK based brand, decided to bundle their packs with some useful tip cards on how to do mundane and even bizarre things, like removing a splinter or “how to judge the weather.” Surprisingly enough, some of these are still quite useful today. Well, except the one about the lobster.
HOW TO MAKE AN EFFICIENT WATER BOWL FOR PETS
Although the original card said it could be a fountain for chicks, it would serve a better function as a water bowl for your dog or cat. You simply have to put a bottle upside down with its mouth below the liquid level. This will make sure there’s a constant supply of fresh water for your pet to drink from until the bottle is completely empty and their outdoorsy owner finally decides to come home.
HOW TO REMOVE A SPLINTER
Pour hot water on a wide-mouthed-bottle until it’s almost full. Press the affected area tightly into the bottle and the suction and steam will do the rest. At least now you don’t have to dig around the wound and risk hurting yourself in the process, and you know your other option is so go at it with a pair of tweezers and end up removing mostly good skin!
LIGHTING A CIGARETTE WITH AN ICE CUBE
Yeah, no, REALLY! Since a cigarette company issued these cards, it stands to reason they would offer some tobacco-related tips. This wonderfully odd card claims you could light a cigarette up if you placed a small piece of potassium on the tip and touched it with ice. But you know, having to carry potassium next to your mints in your purse might not be too smart. It’s a pretty cool trick, though!
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR LOBSTER IS FRESH
You wouldn’t want to find out that the lobster you just bought wasn’t indeed fresh, and the store clerk simply lied to you, would you? Imagine the horror! Just pull back its tail and release it. If it snaps back quickly, according to this old timey hack then the lobster is fresh. But if the tail snaps back slowly, then it’s been boiled and kept there for a few days.
HOW TO SAVE ON GAS
If you want to save some money on your gas bill, then start eating raw food! All kidding aside, try putting this old hack into action. Place a large piece of sheet-iron and cover the whole stove. Then place all your pots and pans there and just light up one of the burners. The heat will be distributed and you can cook a whole dinner, just like that. If you need more heat, then the place right above the burner is the hottest.
HOW TO CARRY A HEAVY JUG
This tip will seem like a hassle unless you’ve experienced the horror of having the jug turn upside down and spill all of its contents on the floor because of its weight. So next time, place your thumb on the top when you carry a heavy jug.
HOW TO MAKE CORKS FIT INTO YOUR BOTTLES
Old fashioned corks usually tend to expand and won’t fit again into the bottle once they’re removed. But instead of just grabbing a knife and chopping up pieces of it, why not make it roll against the floor while you put constant pressure on it? This method will make sure the surface of the cork stays smooth and small enough to fit again.
PRESERVING EGGS FOR A LONG TIME
Just put them in a box or tin can with dry salt. Bury the eggs in there and don’t let any air get to them. Store the box in a cool and dry place. Despite what the image might suggest, there’s no water in that box. They just seem to really dig visual clickbait!
REMOVING A STUCK RING FROM YOUR FINGER
If you find yourself suddenly divorced, but can’t remove your wedding ring, (what are the chances!) then rub soap all over your finger and you’ll see how it comes off easily. If it doesn’t, the card suggests visiting a jeweler, but we’d recommend you see a doctor. Then again, this wouldn’t have happened if you would’ve stayed in your unhappy marriage, see?