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We can’t predict what life will call for, but we can try to be ready. Learning and preparing beforehand can bring tremendous benefits later on. We checked out some awesome tips from folks over at Quora, and listed these facts and tips that only take a minute to learn, but will benefit you for the rest of your life.

1. Coasting doesn’t save you gas

A common gas-saving tip that’s being passed around is that putting the gear on neutral while going downhill will save you gas. Not only is this untrue, it’s also dangerous to drive without controlling the engine. You don’t need to switch to neutral mode; lifting your feet from the accelerator will save you just as much gas. From: 6 Driving Tactics to Save Gas This Summer:

“Most fuel-injected engines today use computer-controlled Deceleration Fuel Cut Off: When you lift your foot from the gas while leaving the car in gear, injectors shut off automatically, and the car’s rotating tires—which are connected to the engine via the transmission—keep the engine turning and the accessories running. So, the engine consumes no fuel at all while the vehicle is coasting downhill.

– From Anand Hanush.

2.) Use a pause instead of ‘but’ when apologizing

We all have that crucial moment after we screw up that we need to apologize for. At these times, the atmosphere is usually intense and we often screw up the apology, making the situation even worse. To avoid sounding like you’re making an excuse, take the “but” out of your apology.

Instead of saying:
“I’m sorry for the lateness but we had other deadlines to meet.”
“I’m sorry for the lateness <pause>, we had other deadlines to meet.”

Take it from this exchange between Benjen Stark and Tyrion Lanister from Game of Thrones. – From Lalith Natarajan.

3. Place an unconscious person in recovery position.

When trying to help an unconscious person, the most important thing is making sure the airway stays open. Without oxygen, the victim can’t stay alive for long. Recovery position ensure an open airway, and also allows vomit to be expelled freely.

This is what a recovery position looks like.

Recovery position.
Recovery position.

You can find the full instructions video on – From Balaji Gurumurthy.

4. Cancel your reservation without any charges

Most hotels have strict cancellation policies. If you don’t cancel before a certain date, you’ll lose your deposit and may be charged an additional fine.

Instead of calling to cancel, call the hotel to reschedule to a later date. After you reschedule, you can then call back and cancel the room without any problem.

5. Eat chicken wings with only one hand

Yes, you’ve been eating them all wrong:


6. Get dust out of your eyes

Having dust in your eyes is incredibly annoying, and potentially dangerous. Most people will just blindly blink, but this is actually what you should do:

“Look down, open your eyes wide, and keep blinking. Additionally, if the particle is in the extremities, move your eyeball in the opposite direction of where you feel the pain. So if you feel pain at the top, do the above steps but roll your eyeball to the bottom and keep blinking.”

This will help you locate where the dust is, and allow your eyeballs to clear it out. – From Philip Liou.

7. Avoid confrontation by standing next to a person

When you feel a heated conversation is coming, don’t stand facing the other person. Instead, shift your body so that you guys are standing side by side. Not only will this reduce direct staring, it’ll switch the situation from a “you vs me” mentality toward an “us” mentality. – From Vishal Patil.


8. Protect your behind from toilet splash-back

This is a really disgusting problem. Sometimes during a number two, the toilet water will splash back to bite your ass. To prevent this, place a few pieces of toilet paper inside the bowl before sitting down:

“If you face this problem, then before you sit, put some tissue papers(paper towels) in the bowl; five or six of them will do. The paper will absorb the force and dampen the impact. You’ll come out of the toilet clean. Don’t use thick paper towels as they might clog the drainage lines.”

From Ussamah Habib.


9. Know the difference between acronyms i.e. and e.g.

Photo: Ramiro Ramirez / Flickr
Photo: Ramiro Ramirez / Flickr

No they don’t mean the same thing, but people insist on using them interchangeably. Don’t be that guy/gal! Here are the differences:

1. i.e. – is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘id est,’ meaning ‘that is.’
Use i.e. when you want to give further explanation for something.
The city tourist tax is included in the hotel booking, i.e., you don’t have to pay any additional fees on arrival.

2. e.g. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘exempli gratia,’ meaning ‘for example.’
Use e.g. when you want to give a few examples but not a complete list.
Jamie enjoys a wide range of toppings on her ice cream, e.g., sprinkles, chocolate sauce, fruit and nuts.

Next time, make sure you use it correctly on your resume. – From Vipul Bajaj.