Many of us would have grown up with our parents and grandparents saying ‘back in my day”, offering their wisdom on how to do certain things. We tend to laugh and shrug it off, however, it is fascinating to know how certain problems were over come without today’s technologies and inventions available. What we know now as life hacks have been wandering around the world for years. People were working on the same issues – finding easy and effective ways to pull off things, like money, time, materials long time before the term was even invented. Some of these advices were really cool and even managed to stay until today.
Below you will see techniques, recipes and advices that were printed on cigarette packets 100 years ago. It would be really interesting to try out a few of the ‘hacks’ to see which ones are effective. Take a look!
1. How to make a fire extinguisher
Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.
2. How to extract a splinter
Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.
3. How to preserve eggs
Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place — it is possible to preserve them for a very long period. No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell.
4. How to fell a tree
Having decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.
5. How to stop a mad dog
You can use anything, from a scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat to hold before yourself. The dog invariably endeavors to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.
6. How to keep plants watered while away on vacation
You can keep your plants watered even while you are away on holiday. How? Fill a large pail with water, and keep it a little above the level of the plants. Put two or three strands of loosely plait wool together, immerse completely in water, placing one end in the pail touching the bottom and the other end on the soil of the plants.
7. How to light a match in the wind
The difficulty of lighting a match in the wind can be overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end.
8. How to make a chair to cross the stream
You can help someone, who doesn’t know how to swim, cross a flooded stream or river by using this method. Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end of the rope to another tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running loop or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of the chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.
9. How to rescue someone from electric shock
When saving the person from electric shock don’t try to grab or hold him, if he is still gasping the wire unless your hands are protected with rubber gloves, water-proof coat or few layers of dry clothes. Stand only on the wood or glass floor and try to switch off the current. Immediately bring the person to the doctor.
10. How to make a water filter
You can actually make a filter with your own hands by using a perfectly clean zinc water pail, drill a hole through the bottom and fit in the small pipe. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state.