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20 Essential Life Hacks That Are Straight Out Of The 1990s

TL: DR version: you can use Smash Hits stickers for pretty much anything.

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3. Convince your friends that you're a supercool raver by sticking strips of coloured tin foil to your trousers.

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You can also add in a few of your Pog designs if you're feeling particularly creative.


5. Don't bother buying a clock: Channel 4 have a free one you can look at between 3am - 7am every day.

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After 7am you can use the clock in the corner of The Big Breakfast screen.

6. Worried about losing your brand new cordless handset? Simply cover it in Smash Hits stickers.

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The brightly coloured "Don't Split Up, East 17", "Zig And Zag Are Brilliant" and "I ♥ Take That" stickers will make the phone much more noticeable.


10. If you want to record The X Files but you've run out of tapes, use a stolen Blockbuster video instead.

Everyone has at least one seriously overdue Blockbuster tape lying around. Just stick something over the little hole at the front and record over the evidence.

11. Fool friends into thinking you're wearing a Global Hypercolour shirt by dipping your hands in bleach and touching yourself.

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...then run away so they don't notice that the colour doesn't change back.


13. Tired of accidentally lacerating yourself with your snap bracelet? Fizzy Astro Belts are a safer, cheaper and much more delicious alternative.

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Though you may have to staple them to your wrist to hold them in place.

14. Prevent your Discman from skipping by never moving.

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Remaining perfectly still at all times is a small price to pay for such crystal clear audio. It's like 5ive are right there in the room with you.


16. As well as occasionally taking your eye out, Poppers can also be used to create fake love bites.


Everyone at school will think you're gettin' jiggy with it. They'll never know that you actually spend your evenings trying to beat your sister's high score on Mario Kart.

20. Can't afford a Magic Eye poster? Simply take a photo of some TV static, stick it to your wall and tell everyone it's a dolphin.

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They'll believe you: no one can actually see Magic Eye pictures.