July 27, 2007

Medical Examiner

Instead of using a tongue depressor when examining a patient's throat, ask the patient to yawn and then immediately yawn at them. This causes the patient yawn in response, raises the soft palate, and lowers the tongue, enabling you to visualize everything without having to use the "popsicle stick" and risking an overactive gag reflex! Works every time, especially for kids.

-- Scott Buttrick PA-C

Posted by Matthew at 10:53 AM

July 26, 2007


Be familiar with your health insurance policy regarding emergency room visits and specialists, as well as if a referral is required for a specialist. Most pediatrician's offices will not do stitches, and the emergency room can be daunting to a child and you will most likely wait forever for treatment. If it is during office hours, try to go directly to a plastic surgeon (if your insurance covers it) for the treatment. You will get in quickly, will get the best treatment and often the copay is less than that for the ER visit.

-- Jennifer Blake

Posted by Matthew at 10:05 AM

July 25, 2007


When playing as a DJ on a wedding, birthday party, or any event which involves a heterogeneous public:

  • Only play music your public likes, even if you hate it yourself.
  • Play mainly music aimed at the women. Men will only start to dance when there are chicks to score/impress on the dance floor.
  • Play the most widely accepted music first, and move to the younger, harder genres later in the evening when the elder family members have left. This way everyone gets to hear some music they like.
  • Make the dance floor dark enough;people won’t dance when they are too exposed in the light.
  • When someone requests a song that you wouldn't normally play (because you think it’s not going to work), tell them that you'll only play it if they promise to dance to it. You should especially do this if it's a man making the request.

  • When the dance floor is opened early and there’s not much dancing: don’t worry--people still have to talk, and when more alcohol is consumed, they will start dancing.
-- Vincent De Munck

Posted by Matthew at 10:59 AM

July 24, 2007


If you are in a middle of a book and someone who has already read it before asks you where you are in the story, always name a point a few chapters earlier than where you really are. Then, if they say something boneheaded like "Oh, the part where X gets shot?" it won't ruin anything for you.

-- Todd

Posted by Matthew at 10:29 AM

July 23, 2007

Legal Secretary

If you wish to re-use file folders, put a piece of clear tape along the length of the tab, before applying a label. Then, when you're ready to re-use your file folder, the original label will peel off cleanly.

-- Patty

Posted by Matthew at 10:14 AM

July 20, 2007

Roller Derby Skater


I'm a Roller Derby skater, coach and captain for the NYC team - Gotham Girls Roller Derby. I just spent a very long day of evaluations with our all-star team, and then, when i came home, stumbled upon your site. Here's some tips I said I said over and over again today.

If your feet are cramping after every jam or on long warmup drills, lace your skates up every other hole. This reduces the pressure on the top of the foot when you lean into and around turns 1 and 3.

If you still get cramps, or feel out of control, loosen your trucks a little so you get more give on the turns, making your crossovers tighter.If this adjustment helps, in the long run you will need to get softer bushings, but just playing with the tightness will help diagnose the problem.

Natily Blair aka "Ginger Snap"
Captain of the Bronx Gridlock and the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Travel Team.

Posted by Matthew at 10:47 AM

July 19, 2007


When pouring liquid out a large container, pour from the opposite end of the spout. Doing so will allow you to stop abruptly, and you'll have less chance of a spill.

-- Jerry Russo

Posted by Matthew at 12:28 PM

July 18, 2007


For increased diaphragm strength and breath support, lie on your back and place a small weight on your belly. Inhale and exhale, concentrating on making the weight rise and fall with each breath. The lying down keeps your shoulders from moving; the concentration brings your breath to the diaphragm where it belongs.


Posted by Matthew at 12:27 PM

July 17, 2007

Air Conditioning Contractor

Here's a trick for changing air filters on ceiling mounted return air filter grills. After you have removed the dirty filter and are ready to install the clean one, turn the "fan" switch on the thermostat to the "on" position. The intake from the fan will hold the filter in place, leaving you with both hands free to lift and refasten the grill.

-- Brad

Posted by Matthew at 12:25 PM

July 16, 2007

Pig Farmer

Pigs are very smart, and can escape from just about any fencing you can rig up. But they can also be trained like dogs. So when they are piglets, teach them to come to you by shaking a can of rocks and rewarding them with an egg.

Then, when a pig gets out of the fence, simply stand inside the fencing and shake the can. The little piggy will come running home.

Posted by Matthew at 12:22 PM

July 13, 2007


Don't user highlighters -- they only encourage passive reading. Instead, use a pen to copy down important passages into a notebook or in the margins of the textbook itself.

Highlighting helps you find passages later; writing them down embeds them in your memory, and there won't be any need to go back and hunt for them.

-- Jon G.

Posted by Matthew at 12:20 PM

July 12, 2007


When recounting something to ensure your first count was accurate, just count from one to 10 repeatedly, rather than counting up through the teens and beyond. When you're done, simply verify that your final number matches the last digit of your original count. This decreases the chance that you'll lose count (was I on 87 or 97?) and have to start over.

-- Heather

Posted by Matthew at 12:19 PM

July 11, 2007


If you run out of tailor's chalk, just use the end of a bar of soap. It smells good, it works just as well, and you can wash it away without leaving a mark on the material.

-- Fran

Posted by Matthew at 12:17 PM

July 10, 2007


During you child's birthday party, don't try and write down who gave which gift. After each present is opened, have the birthday child and gift giver pose for a picture together holding the gift. Print the photos after the party, and you can include a copy in the thank-you card.

Posted by Matthew at 12:17 PM

July 9, 2007


Fill a garbage can with water; add a bottle of Creme de Menthe and half a bottle of India ink. Soak your newly counterfeited bills in this concoction and dry them with an electric fan. They will look as though they have been in circulation for years.

Posted by Matthew at 12:16 PM

July 6, 2007


If you are part of a protest march that gets out of control and the mounted police are called in, position yourself with wall or other large immovable object directly behind you. This protects you from a possible charge.

Mounted authorities wont charge a wall, for fear of injuring the horse.

-- Yael

Posted by Matthew at 12:15 PM

July 5, 2007

Road Tripper

When stopping for the night while driving, avoid the temptation to stay at the first hotel you see when you arrive in a city. Instead, stay at a hotel at the far side of the burg. Then, when you leave in the morning, you won't have to fight morning traffic while you cross town.

-- Phil

Posted by Matthew at 12:14 PM

July 4, 2007

Heavy Equipment Operator

When working with heavy equipment in remote areas, wrap your lunch in aluminum foil and place it on the engine manifold of your equipment when you arrive in the morning. By lunch time you'll have a piping hot meal waiting.

-- Mike Singer

Posted by Matthew at 12:13 PM

July 3, 2007

Corrections Officer

When putting waist restraints onto an inmate, they will often stick out their stomach in order to have a loose fit. To stop this, get them to talk to you by asking everyday questions. It will be difficult for them to stick out their stomach and talk simultaneously.

-- Joel Treichel

Posted by Matthew at 12:10 PM