8 Lifehacks for Your Big Night Out!

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Having fun is easy, but making a great impression on new pals can be even easier with these delightfully simple lifehacks.

1. Cure Garlic Breath

Few of us can resist a delicious plate of pre-meal garlic bread, but there are consequences. The stinky breath that results doesn’t just keep vampires away; garlic can keep your date from getting closer, too. Don’t worry, though! There’s an easy trick for taming those pungent sulphides and curing garlic breath: just order some green tea after your meal. It works because the polyphenols in the beverage act like a team of little ninjas, attacking and deodorizing the offensive chemical bits. A mere cup will leave your breath mercifully stink-free!

2. Dry Nails Faster

Running late to your event, but still want to get your nails done? Here’s a simple lifehack for drying your nails in under three minutes. Once you’ve applied your nail polish, dip your hands into a bowl of icy cold water and hold them there for two to three minutes. The cold water will shock the polish into drying super fast.

3. Fix Your Collar

Unless you’ve got a Jeeves to press your shirts perfectly for you, dealing with wrinkled collars can be a real hassle. If the rest of your shirt looks crumple-free, skip the iron and borrow a hair-straightener. Just a few seconds of clamping the beauty tool to your collar’s edges can make the wrinkles disappear and have you on your way without all the hassle of an iron, an ironing board, or the painful reminder that you should have paid more attention in home ec.

4. Stop Unbuttered Popcorn Syndrome

Movie goers are pretty much in agreement on one thing: the butter dispensers at the multiplex aren’t great at distributing butter evenly on your popcorn. So, how do you solve the frustration of Unbuttered Popcorn Syndrome? With a straw. Simply jam a straw into the butter dispenser, and aim it at different angles to make sure every kernel gets its fair share.

5. Hit the High Notes

Part of the fun of karaoke is letting loose and singing badly. But if you’re eager to impress, here’s how to hit those out-of-range high notes. Before you sing, look around the room for something with a little heft-- a carafe full of water, a potted plant, the telephone book for ordering pizza-- and then lift it as you sing. The weight will make your body tense, which in turn will force your larynx to stretch a little, the key to landing those super high notes. Who knew channeling your inner Mariah could be so easy?

6. Be a Better Listener (by Using the Correct Ear)

While ears may look equal, and we may treat them equal, they’ve got different talents. If you’re trying to hear the words of a low-talker or a mumbly new acquaintance, lean in with the right. Research from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine has shown that the right ear is better at deciphering quick patterns of speech. Meanwhile, if you’re trying to identify a song playing faintly in the background, lead with your left-- the more musical of the pair.

7. Cure Ice Cream Headaches

Ice cream headaches are the worst! Ask any lover of frosty treats what happens when you pack ice cream into your mouth too quickly, and he or she will bemoan the brain freeze condition. But how do you stop a late night attack from happening when you’re out trying to impress friends? It’s easy! Ice cream headaches occur when something icy cold hits the roof of your mouth causing the blood vessels up there to constrict rapidly. Instead of crumpling up your face and grabbing your head, you can stop the head freeze by simply warming up those vessels again. That means, you could take a sip of hot tea or coffee for some quick relief. But an even faster, more convenient hack is to jam your tongue against the roof of your mouth and hold it there until the pain has melted away.

8. Use a Soundcheck to Watch Your Wallet

Scientists have recently found that people in noisy clubs, restaurants and bars down more beverages than people in more low-key environments. If you’re worried about spending too much on a night out, avoid the thumping bass and move somewhere where you can hear the people around you without straining. Not only will your ears thank you; your wallet will too!

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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6 Fascinating Facts About Vincent Price

There’s more to Vincent Price than just his iconic horror movie roles.
There’s more to Vincent Price than just his iconic horror movie roles.
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It’s basically impossible to talk about classic horror movies without mentioning at least one film starring Vincent Price. With his menacing voice, laugh, and presence, Price easily became a staple in Hollywood horror cinema. The actor may be known for House of Wax (1953), The Last Man on Earth (1964), and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), but he has more than 200 acting credits across film, television, and theater.

Although his contributions to the horror genre are truly unparalleled, few people know that there is much more to him beyond these performances. He once wrote that he is passionate about three things: work, art, and food. Here are six fascinating facts you may not know about Vincent Price.

1. Vincent Price initially studied for a master’s degree in Fine Arts.

Price graduated from Yale University with a degree in English and a minor in Art History. He taught at his alma mater for a year before entering the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Although he fully intended to study for a master’s degree in Fine Arts, he was drawn to theater and decided to become an actor instead.

2. A museum in East Los Angeles is named after Vincent Price.

In addition to being an actor, Price was also a well-respected art collector and consultant. In 1957, he and his then-wife Mary Grant donated 90 pieces of art to the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) because they wanted students to have “first-hand experiences with art.” The institution named the art gallery, now the Vincent Price Art Museum, in their honor. Price had recognized art’s significance in education ever since he was a student himself. As he once said, "A picture was worth a thousand words, even if I had to read 10 million words to get to see more pictures.”

3. Vincent Price was a major foodie.

Vincent Price was as talented in the kitchen as he was on the screen.Frank Barratt/Stringer/Getty Images

Price was born into a family of food businessmen, so it's perhaps no surprise that he embarked upon his own culinary adventures. He went on to earn a reputation as a gourmet cook, cementing his culinary legacy by authoring several cookbooks and hosting his own cooking television show, Cooking Price-Wise.

4. Tim Burton’s Vincent Price documentary remains incomplete and unreleased to this day.

Price was Tim Burton’s good friend, frequent collaborator, and childhood idol. During the filming of Edward Scissorhands (1990), Burton approached Price to discuss the idea of an independent documentary about the actor’s life. They shot some interviews at the ELAC, and the project was tentatively titled Conversations with Vincent.

After Price’s death, Burton wanted to complete the documentary, which he then renamed A Visit with Vincent. However, it never happened. Some say the film wasn’t released because it became too personal for Burton, while others believe studios refused to grant any budget for the project.

5. Vincent Price's daughter says he was bisexual.

“I am as close to certain as I can be that my dad had physically intimate relationships with men,” said his daughter Victoria Price in an exclusive interview with #Boom Magazine. He was also supportive of her when she came out to him. She recalled that he said, “You know, I know just how you feel because I have had these deep, loving relationships with men in my life and all my wives were jealous.”

6. Vincent Price’s voice is featured on a Disneyland attraction.

With a voice as iconic and distinctive as Price had, it’s no wonder Disneyland Paris hired him to record narration for their dark ride attraction, Phantom Manor. However, the audio was shortly replaced by a French narration, so only Price’s evil laugh remained. After a major renovation in 2019, Walt Disney Imagineering brought back his recordings and included previously unused material in the refurbished attraction.