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While some gardeners enjoy spending time with and caring for their plants every day, others are looking for more of a hands-off approach. It’s one thing to take some time in the spring or early summer to plant some flowers, for example, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a consistent carpet of colorful buds all…

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Go to article - Plant These Flowers That'll Bloom All Summer

Everyone has their own goals in life. For some, it’s climbing a mountain or writing a novel. For others, it’s taking a photo of extreme weather that is subsequently featured on their local weather report. The problem is, snapping a decent-quality picture of an incoming storm or cloud formation isn’t as easy as it…

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Go to article - How to Take Photos of Storms That Capture All the Drama

After a year of being cooped up inside without the escape of non-essential travel, we’re more than ready to hit the road. Sure, it’d be nice to venture off to far-flung destinations, but there’s also (probably) so much to see right there in your home state.

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Go to article - Get Paid $1,000 to Explore Your State This Summer

As we’ve discussed before, there are three ways to hold onto a barbell if you’re worried your grip is going to slip. You can use straps, you can face your palms in different directions (mixed grip), or you can hook grip it. A hook grip is more secure than mixed, but one thing scares many people away: the pain.

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Quibi was the largest backed streaming service you never heard of (or maybe never cared about) in early 2020. The hopeful streaming rival featured over 75 new programs starring some A-list celebrities, including Anna Kendrick in Dummy, Kevin Hart and John Travolta in Die Hart, and Laurence Fishburne in #FreeRayshawn,…

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Go to article - 10 So-Called 'Roku Originals' Actually Worth Watching

Your home is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever pay for, so whether you’re renting or buying, you should take good care of it. While you may be tempted to call a professional when something breaks, you can take care of many minor repairs yourself.

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Go to article - The Most Common Home Repairs You Can Easily Handle Yourself

I’ve been thinking about my return-on-investment with sports, and I have to say—I think it’s a bad deal. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with being a sports fan, of course, but if you consider the costs—combined with the limited emotional payoff of your team never quite winning anything—your loyalty might…

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Go to article - Being a Sports Fan Sure Is a Bad Deal

Still have a bottle of sunscreen in your bathroom closet from last year? While you might assume you need a new one, sunscreen lasts longer than you think. Check the expiration date if there is one—but if not, you’ve got three years from the date of purchase to use it up.

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Go to article - Last Year's Sunscreen Is Probably Still Good

United States copyright law is a real beast. There was a time, not so long ago, when any creative work would fall into the public domain—meaning the original rights to the work had lapsed, allowing anyone to make use of the characters and ideas within it—after 42 years. Then, in the 1970s, the Walt Disney company…

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Go to article - 35 Movies That Made Public Domain Characters Cool Again

Last night, I had some vaccinated co-workers over to drink wine, eat pork, and shoot some arrows with my new compound bow. It went well (with only one slight injury), but I am very tired today. So tired, in fact, that the idea of squeezing citrus fruit amongst the dirty dishes and empty wine bottles is far too much…

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Go to article - Make a Refreshing Two-Ingredient Cocktail With Lemonade and Punt e Mes

It sounds like a headline ripped from an ‘80s cyberpunk novel, but the U.S. is facing a sudden gas shortage after a ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline resulted in many Americans panic-buying (and in many cases panic-overbuying) gasoline.

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Go to article - Use These Apps to Find the Cheapest Available Gas Stations Near You

Hydroponics was synonymous with growing copious amounts of weed in your apartment without much work, but these days hydroponic gardening is simply cutting-edge technology for sustainable farming. And while it seems that farming in a test tube is a bit out of touch with nature, it’s actually touted as a convenient way…

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Go to article - How to Start a Hydroponic Garden

New kitchen toys always get me excited about cooking—sometimes a little too excited. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the novelty of it all and want to immediately dive into challenging recipes and elaborate projects, but every new method and appliance has a learning curve, which is why it’s usually best to start small…

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Go to article - These Meats Will Help You Build Your Charcoal Confidence

This week we’re looking at the dark, scary side of youth culture, including Russian trash-streaming, deadly TikTok dangers, and, most frightening of all, Elon Musk doing comedy.

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Go to article - The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: Is Elon Musk Funny?

The CDC said Thursday the masks can come off, so we’re about to see a lot of cute faces out there after months of isolation. Faces that you didn’t think were cute before lockdown are probably pretty appealing to you now, and people all over the country are preparing for a slutty summer.

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Go to article - How to Get Laid Again After Months of Isolation

Battle royale-style “one vs. many” games like Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone have colonized the online space over the past couple of years, with hundreds of thousands of gamers logged in at any given time. But some parents are uneasy with the level of violence in the most popular titles in the genre; even in a…

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Go to article - 5 Less Violent 'Battle Royale' Games for Kids

As I embarked on the second week of my monthlong goal to actually like running, I was not expecting miracles to happen. Despite being a fairly active person overall, that first run was a bit of a disaster. But I did learn a few things that I was able to tweak to get me to the point where I can say that while I don’t…

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Go to article - How Zombies Made Me Hate Running Slightly Less Than I Did Last Week

By now we all know the importance of a long, secure password. With every new data breach in the news, we know we should change them. And if you can remember each unique password for each unique site, then good for you; but for the rest of us, we’ll need a little help keeping our passwords organized and secure, and for…

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Go to article - How to Get Started With a Password Manager

Store-bought cleaning products are known for using lemon. We’ve already talked about how easy it is to clean with lemons, making it a popular alternative to chemical-based products, but what makes lemons and grapefruits such an effective cleaner is the same citric acid that you can get as a powerful cleaning powder.

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Go to article - 15 Ways You Should Be Cleaning Your Home With Citric Acid

One of the worst problems of losing your job is having to deal with finding healthcare coverage. Fortunately, you have some options, although there are trade-offs with quality and price. Here’s a look at what you can do.

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Go to article - How to Keep Health Insurance After Losing Your Job

Encryption is a wonderful thing. While I don’t run full-drive encryption on my Windows desktop at home—courtesy of BitLocker—that’s only because I’m the only one who ever uses my system and I don’t really keep anything of value on it. (All my personal documents and anything I would otherwise encrypt live on a NAS box

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Go to article - How Can I Access My External Drive If BitLocker Won't Let Me In?

The CDC has updated their guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated. Vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask, even indoors, unless specific rules require it, the CDC announced today. A business can still require you to wear a mask, for example, and you still need to mask up on public transportation and in…

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Go to article - What You Can Do After You're Vaccinated, According to the CDC

Amazon recently announced new versions of its Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 smart displays. Each of the model refreshes includes an upgraded camera and the latest Alexa features, but the hardware specifications—and intended user bases—differ. Let’s take a look at the changes.

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Go to article - What's New About Amazon's Updated Echo Shows?

Desperate times call for desperate measures, but if there is a shortage of gasoline in your area, that is not a good reason to fill water bottles or, god forbid, plastic bags with gas. Hoard gasoline if you must, but hoard your gasoline in proper gas cans.

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Go to article - For the Love of God Please Don't Put Gasoline in Random Containers

Cabbage-based slaws—cole or otherwise—are transcendent when properly executed, but so easy to mess up completely. No one wants a bowl of cabbage shreds swimming in overly-sweetened, watered-down mayo, and—luckily—no one has to resign themself to that fate. To keep your slaw from sogging out, you just need a little…

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Go to article - How to Keep Your Slaws From Getting Soggy