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US$4). It strug­glue residue even wouldn’t have peanut oils loo­seven worked left be­hind.

but­ter, ba­nana

make a cock­tail? nu­tri­tion­won­der­land.com: brain cells, also can while leav­ing a spritz­ing some in want to wear fresh day af­ter

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keep in the “OK, that did it.” You can’t make this stuff up. Does it work? Who cares? It’s a scream. Tell all your smelly friends! Take a bot­tle of Ab­so­lut to the gym!

Or not.

No hiccups

Here’s a good one. Hiccups. Says here you can re­lieve hiccups by in­gest­ing burned ba­nana leaves and honey.

I checked my kitchen. I had the honey, but – drat the luck – was all out of ba­nana leaves.

I scoured the city for a gro­cery store that car­ried ba­nana leaves, fi­nally find­ing some. Af­ter a cou­ple of days, af­ter they fi­nally dried out enough to burn, I torched them into about two ta­ble­spoons of ash and mixed in the honey.

And how’s this for tak­ing one for the team? I’m on a no-bread diet, but in the name of sci­ence I wolfed down two slices of bread, re­sult­ing in – as it al­ways does with me – the hiccups. Then, God help me, I forced the un­holy black-tar glop down my gul­let and ... Well, I’ll be a mon­key’s un­cle. The hiccups are gone! Weird. Who fig­ured that out? OK, so fine, you can get rid of hiccups with burnt ba­nana leaves. But could I use a ba­nana peel to shine my shoes?

The an­swer is yes and no. I rubbed the in­side of a peel hard against my black dress shoe.

Mmmm ... ba­nana smell. It cleaned it and left it baby soft. But it couldn’t match the shine of a com­mer­cial pol­ish.

From there I moved on to cre­ative uses for rice, Coke and bread.

Ev­ery­body knows what hap­pens when you pour boil­ing wa­ter into a pot of rice and step away for a cou­ple of min­utes, right? By the time you come back the rice has ab­sorbed the wa­ter.

Ap­par­ently it can do the same for a wet cell phone. Just take apart the com­po­nents and stick them in a jar of rice overnight. The mois­ture-suck­ing abil­ity of the rice ac­tu­ally dries out the phone. While we didn’t have a phone to try this on, we’ve heard many en­cour­ag­ing anec­do­tal re­ports. Good luck. And now, a won­der­ful use for bread in­volv­ing grease. As any­one who has ever eaten gravy can at­test, bread has su­pe­rior sop­ping abil­ity. So what? Have you ever spilled grease on the floor? For­get paper tow­els or a mop. This is a per­fect use for white bread. I tried it with some ba­con grease.


Coke cleaner

And fi­nally, do you have Coke in your house? Let’s do some clean­ing.

I’ve used Coke be­fore to suc­cess­fully clean off the bat­tery ter­mi­nals in my car. But could it re­move oil stains from con­crete or brighten the porce­lain in my toi­let? The an­swer: Sort of. Both Coke and vine­gar (which also can clean black mould off shower tiles) are weak acids that have cor­ro­sive prop­er­ties.

So in­stead of drink­ing my Clas­sic Coke, I fig­ured I’d pour it down the toi­let and on the floor of my oil-stained garage. The ver­dict? Meh. Per­son­ally, I’d stick to us­ing it for clean­ing bat­tery ter­mi­nals. Or you could shave with it. Up to you. – The Kansas City Star/McClatchy-Tribune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices


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