I don’t know about you, but I have a bizarre fascination with the endless “life hacks” videos found on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter (an obsession I’ve written about before). In these videos, all of the petty day-to-day frustrations of our lives are alleviated with a hot glue gun, or a well-placed spoon, or repurposed drier sheets and some junk from the trash. There is something naively charming and aspirational in these videos. They tickle that part of our brains which crave easy solutions to life’s problems and they generate those little “ah-hah” moments of “why didn’t I think of that?” It is this same basic impulse that draws me to collecting DIY tips. While some of these video tips are straight-up sleight of hand cons, most of these “hacks” do work. Sort of. For example, yes, you can effortlessly remove the skin of a peach if you dunk it in a bath of boiling water and then plunge it into a bowl of ice water. But are you really going to do that each time you want a piece of fruit for a snack? But amongst these collections, I almost always find tips that are actually useful; some are downright ingenious.
Here’s a recent example
of such a video. The above image shows how you can remove the skin of a fish by pouring some hot water over the skin first.