Life is busier than ever. No one has time for, well, anything anymore, let alone learning new things. LOL. Well, on Tuesday, Reddit user u/WiSe_genX asked, "What can you learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of your life?" People came through with some spot-on tips, hacks, and rules that you can learn in a minute.
Here's some of what they said:
1. Act F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke — Face, Arms, Speech, Time:
"According to the CDC: 'F — Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A — Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S — Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange? T — Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.'"
2. Don’t put it down, put it away:
"Remembering 'Don't put it down, put it away' is the easiest way to keep your home/workspace/room tidy."
3. A falling knife has no handle:
"'A falling knife has no handle' can be very useful in preventing kitchen emergencies."
4. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher:
"'Pull pin. Grab hose with one hand. Squeeze trigger. Spray foam/water at base of fire.' Even if you don't know how to use it, it's not hard to take 20 seconds to read the bottle, which has everything you need to know! It could save your life or someone else's."
5. Use your nipples for a posture hack:
"If you want to maintain good posture, pretend your nipples have lasers that shoot out of them and you have to keep them aimed at people’s heads."
6. How not to say things you regret:
"Seems simple, but people don't do it! Literally pause and think before you respond. It will help you for the rest of your life in avoiding saying things you will regret."
7. CPR rhythm:
"CPR: Lay the person flat on their back on a hard surface, place your hands one on top of the other with your arms straight, compress the chest down to hell to the beat of 'Stayin Alive.' And don't be afraid to crack ribs. It's life or death."
Writer's note: I would advise anyone to get CPR certification before performing this on someone.
8. Eye protection:
"Always wear some type of eye protection when dealing with anything that can cause eye damage, from connecting battery jumper cables to yard work and everything in between. Protect your eyes. You only have two of them. Always unplug/remove the battery from your power tools before performing any kind of maintenance."
9. Riptide escape:
"If you're caught in a riptide, swim parallel to the shore to escape it."
10. Pick the right knife:
"Learn which knife is right. For example, A 7- to 8-inch chef's knife will accomplish 90% of common food prep tasks. I know people who will use a little 4-inch paring life to do something nuts like, say, dice an entire onion, then complain about how dicing onions is 'hard.'"
11. Shorten your daily shower dry-off routine:
"Shower squeegee. When you turn the water off, take your hands and wipe the water from your legs, your arms, your chest, your butt, then do it again. THEN reach out or get out and use the towel. It'll be less wet by a lot and dry a lot faster."
12. Learn the NATO phonetic alphabet:
"Learn the NATO phonetic alphabet: Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu. It’s very helpful when trying to relay spelling quickly over a bad connection. It can also be handy for nonnative speakers at times, as pronunciation may otherwise get letters mixed up."
13. How to make risky purchases:
"It's easier to dispute a transaction on a credit card because it's the bank's money, and harder to dispute a charge on your debit card because that's your money."
14. Seems obvious, but the iconic RTLL:
"'Righty, tighty. Lefty, loosey' for unscrewing/tightening things. Comes in handy more than you think."
15. Washing your hands right:
"Wash your hands every time you come back home — first thing before doing anything else — for as long as the 'Happy Birthday' song. It'll change how often you get sick in life."
What about you? What have you learned in a minute that's changed your life? Let me know in the comments below!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.