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Past articles by Nick:

The Best Veterans Day Freebies for Vets and Military Personnel

“FroYo brand honors veterans with discount,” read an actual email we once got from a TCBY rep, because we live in an Infinite Jest-ass Futurama world, where the reward for risking your life on behalf of America’s imperialist oligarchs is a free six-ounce cone of frozen yogurt. Here are some of the best deals and freebies for military personnel and veterans this Veterans Day and—in a few… → Read More

How to Not Be a Sore Loser

Former Lifehacker writer Patrick Allan once explained how to avoid being a sore loser at competitive games. It’s useful advice for anyone older than a toddler, but it might also be worth revisiting in order to apply his lessons to a higher-stakes context. Say, an election. → Read More

Never Stop Flirting With Your Partner

My wife is a great flirt. With me, with her friends, with an audience. She knows that flirtation isn’t just for people you’re just getting to know. Flirtation is just as important years into a relationship as it is at the start. Maybe even more so. → Read More

A Good Learner Consults Many Teachers

This is my last post as a Lifehacker staff writer, so I want to leave you with some meta-advice. When you want to learn a new skill, don’t use just one book, or app, or YouTube tutorial. Try a lot of them, stick with a couple of them, and occasionally consult others. → Read More

The Best Tiny Hacks of 2019

Tiny hacks may feel, well, small, but they can change your life in big ways. Here are the best little life hacks we published this year. → Read More

The Best Music We Worked to in 2019

Half of the Lifehacker staff can’t work with music on. The other half needs it. Here’s what we listened to this year while working on Lifehacker. → Read More

The Best Podcast Episodes of 2019

This year the Lifehacker staff listened to journalism, true crime, fiction, chat shows, comedy, and music appreciation. Here are the best podcast episodes we heard in 2019. → Read More

How to Keep a Cat Off a Christmas Tree, According to Reddit

Cats love Christmas trees. A lot of them love messing with the tree, even climbing it. They’ll knock off the ornaments, make needles fall, and even topple the tree. I looked through Reddit, where every user owns two hundred cats, digging through years of posts for the best advice on keeping cats from ruining Christmas trees or hurting themselves. → Read More

The Shift Key Kicks Your Keyboard Shortcuts Into Reverse

This simple thing never clicked for me before I saw it on Reddit: In many keyboard shortcuts on Windows and MacOS, adding the shift key makes the shortcut do the opposite of what it normally does. → Read More

These U.S. Airlines Bumped the Most Passengers in 2019

Overbooked flights are back, baby! In spring 2017, after a man was physically dragged off an overbooked United flight and the United CEO blamed the man, airlines dramatically improved at only selling the number of seats they actually have on the plane. By mid-2018, there were only a sixth as many “bumped” passengers as there were before the incident. But, according to travel site… → Read More

These 1924 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2020

For the second year in a row, January 1 brings thousands of classic copyrighted works into the public domain. Under U.S. law, works published any time in 1924 will enter the public domain on January 1, 2020. This includes books, films, artworks, sheet music, and other concrete creative works—but unfortunately not audio recordings. Below are some of the most important works losing their copyright. → Read More

Where to Get Cheap Sandwiches on National Sandwich Day 2019

Sunday, November 3 is National Sandwich Day. We cover a lot of “free food days” here, because we love you and we want you to be fed. So I need to admit to you up front that there are no free sandwiches on Sunday, at least without purchase of an equal or greater sandwich.There are discounted sandwiches, and they have been collated. See them all at this list, and this RetailMeNot list,… → Read More

I'm Nick Douglas, Lifehacker Staff Writer, and This Is How I Work

Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Nick Douglas, and this is how I work. → Read More

The Best Gas Station Coffee in Every State

You’re far from home. You passed the last familiar Cumberland Farms a hundred miles back. Where do you go for a reliable cup of coffee? → Read More

If You Just Bought a New Apple Device, You Get Free Apple TV+

If you bought a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac after September 10 this year, then you can get a free year of Apple TV+ (normally $5/month). The streaming service launches November 1, after which you’ll have three months to activate your free year in the Apple TV app. (If you buy a new device after November 1, you’ll have three months from the purchase date to activate.) → Read More

Automatically Unsubscribe From Unwanted Emails With 'Leave Me Alone'

A few years back, promised to help users unsubscribe from email newsletters en masse, for free. It turned out they were scanning users’ email and selling data—for example, selling data from Lyft emails to Uber. That is why you should pay money for Leave Me Alone, an email unsubscription service that doesn’t sell user data. → Read More

These Are the Words Smart People Can't Spell

Linguist and Because Internet author Gretchen McCulloch asked her Twitter followers to share the words that they can’t actually spell without relying on spellcheck. The answers she got will comfort and edify you. → Read More

Memorize More With the Best Mnemonics From Wikipedia

There is nothing too smart or too stupid for a mnemonic. They can teach you features of specific neurological disorders, or they can teach you how to open a jar. Here are some of the cleverest memory aids that you might not know yet, as catalogued by Wikipedia. → Read More

Everyone Hates You When You're Selfish in a Crowd

Reddit must know it’s Jerk Week. The top post on r/AskReddit last night asked, “What is something we can all agree on being a ‘dick move’?” The top answers, agreed upon by thousands of Reddit users, shared a theme: the most universal dick move is being selfish in a crowd. Especially being selfish in a crowd that’s all trying to get somewhere. For example: → Read More

How to Make Your Old Phone Feel Like New

Phones age like bananas, or relationships. Our culture pressures us to spend money on the latest and greatest (phone, not banana). But there’s a wide range of ways to make your current phone feel new, for cheap or for free. → Read More