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All The Things You've Been Doing Wrong Your Entire Life

There is a right way to holding a beer bottle.
ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
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You walk through life thinking that you've figured it all out. You're wearing bespoke suits, you know all the right words, you're well-mannered, then something comes along that shatters everything you thought you knew, like how you're supposed to eat Tic Tacs one at a time or how cupcakes are meant to be eaten like a sandwich. Here are more fun life hacks that will make you question everything you thought you knew. 

Eating Pringles

Apparently eating chips isn't as simple as popping them inside your mouth. No, there's a proper way to truly enjoy these crispy snacks. It's easy to assume that how the Pringles are stacked inside the can is the right angle to enjoy them, but it's actually the other way around. Make sure the concave side on your tongue. It's the more flavorful side, maximizing your Pringles experience.

Here's another helpful tip: Slide a slip of paper on one side of the can and pull it out to make a makeshift tray for your Pringles.

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Playing Monopoly

We've all given up on Monopoly at some point. A game that usually begins because we're bored and ends up causing the boredom itself, Monopoly isn't supposed to run for five hours. Free parking was supposed to be a respite until home players decided to change the rules; other players can bid on property if a person who landed on it decides not to buy it; and more. According to a study, 68 percent of Monopoly players have admitted to skipping the rulebook.

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Peeling a banana

We don't know who decided that peeling a banana should be done from stem down. How many squished bananas have we ended up with this method? Apparently peeling it from the "bottom," where the black spot is, makes it a cleaner, neater experience. No annoying strings either.

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Holding a steering wheel

Most people would hold the steering wheel at 12 o'clock, or, most common, 2 o'clock and 10 o'clock. This bad habit is apparently a safety hazard. The proper way to clutch the wheel is to hold it at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions (or so long as your hands are on opposite sides of the wheel), where the joints are. Holding it in any other way blocks the airbags from fully inflating should you get in a collision. 

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Eating a burger

Stop complaining about giant burgers that are falling apart as you bite into them. It's your fault because you're probably not holding your burger right. The right way to hold a burger (please put down the knife and fork) is to firmly grap it with your three middle fingers on top and your thumb and pinkie at the bottom. These keeps everything nice and neat. 

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Drinking soda from a can

You pop it open and you think your job's done. Wrong. Don't throw the tab out. Instead, twist it so that it's right on top of the opening. The hole on the tab is meant to hold a straw in place and keep it from floating up. 

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Portioning a Toblerone bar

A Toblerone is already in sections, so you might think eating it is a no-brainer, but there's a neater way to enjoy it. Most of us automatically break off the triangles in an outward motion, but it's actually better to cut it by snapping the triangle toward the rest of the bar. Toblerone itself demonstrated this revolutionary, correct technique in a mind-blowing ad. 

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Drinking from a beer bottle

Beer bottles are actually designed to be held at the neck instead of the body. This way, the warmth of your hand won't interfere too much with the cold temperature of the liquid inside. 

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Packing cereal boxes

How do you keep an opened cereal box? You transfer the entire contents in a separate container or you just kind of fold the plastic, put it back in the box, and hope you can finish the entire thing before it goes stale. A mom in the U.K., however, has finally figured out the way to end stale breakfasts with a proper folding technique. It only took her 40 years to figure it out, but we have forever to thank her genius.

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Sasha Lim Uy
Managing Editor, EsquireMag.ph
Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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