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The Lifehacker Guide to Surviving Black Friday

The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to score deals on everything from TVs to gadgets, but braving the swarming mass of shoppers is a challenge. These tips will keep you on your toes and ready to snag the deals you have your eye on.

Last year, 60% of Americans went shopping on Black Friday and spent about $67 billion. If you want to get in on the deal hunting action, here’s what you need to know:

  • Get in line early: Some stores will open as early as Thursday afternoon, and many steadfast shoppers will start getting in line for other stores six to eight hours before they open. It might seem like long hours, but you could net savings of up to $70 per hour.
  • Do your research: Know what deals you want and know where they’ll be inside the store. That way you can get in, grab the goods, and get out.
  • Dress appropriately: The more layers you can put on the better. It’ll be cold while you wait in line, and a little extra padding can help you fend off feisty shoppers.
  • Stay calm, comfortable, and humble: Tensions will be running high, so it’s important to keep a level head as products go flying off the shelves. Stay hydrated and bring a snack so you don’t get hangry. And if you manage to grab an awesome deal on a limited product, avoid gloating to other shoppers. You never know what they might do.

Of course, the best way to take on Black Friday is from the comfort of your own home. There will be tons of Cyber Monday deals, so skip the crowds and shop in your pajamas. You save yourself a bunch of money and a whole lot of stress.

What to Look for When Shopping for a Digital Kitchen Scale

A digital kitchen scale is an essential tool for anybody that likes to cook or bake. They provide accuracy for making your recipes more reliable and easy to cook. If you’re in the market for one, these are the qualities you should look for.

In this video from the America’s Test Kitchen YouTube channel, chef Lisa McManus reviews the best kitchen scales out there (you can find a complete list here). Based on their results, a good digital kitchen scale should be:

  • Accurate: If it’s not accurate, it’s useless. Fortunately, every scale they tested with lab-calibrated weights scored well.
  • Easy to use: You should be able to switch from grams to ounces quickly, and the controls should be intuitive and easy to access.
  • Legible: The digital display should be large, use big digits, have sharp color contrast, and a backlight option. Also, a large bowl shouldn’t completely obscure the screen.
  • Durable: You should be able to plop your scale on the counter without it being damaged.
  • Easy to clean: The scale should have a removable platform for easy cleanup, and the scale shouldn’t have nooks and crannies that easily trap food and water residue.

So what was their top pick? They went with the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display which runs for $50, followed by the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale as a best buy option for about $12.

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Equipment Review: Best Digital Kitchen Scales | YouTube

Why We Get Brain Freezes

Everyone’s familiar with a brain freeze: You eat or drink something cold a little too fast and suddenly your head erupts in a flash of pain. We all get them and try to avoid them, but this video explains why they happen at all.

Long story short for the folks who can’t watch the video, the going theory is that brain freezes happen when the brain interprets rapid constriction of blood vessels in the mouth and palate as pain—the cold sensation and blood vessel constriction trigger the trigeminal nerve, which tells the brain “something’s wrong in my face,” and your brain does what it needs to so you stop doing that thing—the “thing” in question is usually eating ice cream, drinking a milkshake, or enjoying some delicious shaved ice.

In fact, the video (from Mental Floss, linked below) explains that people who are more susceptible to migranes are also more susceptible to brain freezes, and researchers hope that by studying them, they’ll get a clue into how migranes and other headaches work, and how to treat them more effectively.

As for what to do about them? Well the answer is the same as you’ve been told your whole life: when you’re eating something cold, slow down. If you really need a countermeasure, a glass of warm water or something may help you recover a little more quickly than you would otherwise. Hit play on the video above (or the link below) for more.

What’s a brain freeze? | Mental Floss (YouTube)

Learn to Spot a Liar With These Verbal Signs

At times, lies seem so harmless, but they can stress us out, and even cost us money. On a more subtle level, it changes our pattern of speech, and since most of us aren’t as good at lying as we think, if you know what to look for you can probably catch a lie in the act.

The explanation for why we lie is pretty straightforward: we want to connect ourselves to who we think we should be, rather than just being the person we are, this TED-Ed video explains.

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Stories based on lies, or “imagined experiences”, are different from real experiences because we have to put a bit of thought into it. As such, we’ll change the way we speak without even knowing it. Specifically, there are four notable indicators:

  1. Minimal self-references: Liars often use the third-person to distance themselves from the deceptive statements.
  2. Negative language: Liars tend to be more negative because on a subconscious level, they feel guilty about lying.
  3. Simple explanations: Liars typically recount stories or events in simple terms because it’s hard for the brain to come up with a complex lie (at least on the spot).
  4. Convoluted phrasing: Liars use longer, more convoluted sentences with irrelevant details when they could be more straight to the point.

The rest of the video spends time applying these key points to examples in our culture, examining how certain public figures change their way of speaking from one interview (presumably where they lie) to another (where they tell the truth). As we’ve written in other articles, looking for nonverbal cues is also important.

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The Language of Lying | TED-Ed

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Korean BBQ Meal

If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before where they bring you plate after plate of food and you cook it all yourself, it can be a bit intimidating. These tips will help you get an optimal dining experience and keep you from looking lost.

In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Jonathan Angelluci, the General Manager at Do Hwa, shares some tips on how to dine at a Korean BBQ joint in style. First, place the sliced onion on the grill plate and slide it around. This will spread the onion’s flavor all over and help keep the meat from sticking later. Now, start grilling your vegetables on the sides of the grill plate. They take the longest to cook, so it’s best to start them before you grill your meat. When it’s time for the meat, grill it all near the center of the grill plate for about two minutes on each side. While things are grilling, dive into your “ban-chan” or side dishes, and feel free to snag pieces of meat to eat right off the grill. And if they give you lettuce for lettuce wraps, aim for making each wrap a two-bite affair, not an overstuffed burrito.

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How to Eat Korean BBQ – Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 22 | YouTube

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Korean BBQ Meal

If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before where they bring you plate after plate of food and you cook it all yourself, it can be a bit intimidating. These tips will help you get an optimal dining experience and keep you from looking lost.

In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Jonathan Angelluci, the General Manager at Do Hwa, shares some tips on how to dine at a Korean BBQ joint in style. First, place the sliced onion on the grill plate and slide it around. This will spread the onion’s flavor all over and help keep the meat from sticking later. Now, start grilling your vegetables on the sides of the grill plate. They take the longest to cook, so it’s best to start them before you grill your meat. When it’s time for the meat, grill it all near the center of the grill plate for about two minutes on each side. While things are grilling, dive into your “ban-chan” or side dishes, and feel free to snag pieces of meat to eat right off the grill. And if they give you lettuce for lettuce wraps, aim for making each wrap a two-bite affair, not an overstuffed burrito.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-ramen…

How to Eat Korean BBQ – Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 22 | YouTube

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Korean BBQ Meal

If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before where they bring you plate after plate of food and you cook it all yourself, it can be a bit intimidating. These tips will help you get an optimal dining experience and keep you from looking lost.

In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Jonathan Angelluci, the General Manager at Do Hwa, shares some tips on how to dine at a Korean BBQ joint in style. First, place the sliced onion on the grill plate and slide it around. This will spread the onion’s flavor all over and help keep the meat from sticking later. Now, start grilling your vegetables on the sides of the grill plate. They take the longest to cook, so it’s best to start them before you grill your meat. When it’s time for the meat, grill it all near the center of the grill plate for about two minutes on each side. While things are grilling, dive into your “ban-chan” or side dishes, and feel free to snag pieces of meat to eat right off the grill. And if they give you lettuce for lettuce wraps, aim for making each wrap a two-bite affair, not an overstuffed burrito.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-ramen…

How to Eat Korean BBQ – Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 22 | YouTube

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Korean BBQ Meal

If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before where they bring you plate after plate of food and you cook it all yourself, it can be a bit intimidating. These tips will help you get an optimal dining experience and keep you from looking lost.

In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Jonathan Angelluci, the General Manager at Do Hwa, shares some tips on how to dine at a Korean BBQ joint in style. First, place the sliced onion on the grill plate and slide it around. This will spread the onion’s flavor all over and help keep the meat from sticking later. Now, start grilling your vegetables on the sides of the grill plate. They take the longest to cook, so it’s best to start them before you grill your meat. When it’s time for the meat, grill it all near the center of the grill plate for about two minutes on each side. While things are grilling, dive into your “ban-chan” or side dishes, and feel free to snag pieces of meat to eat right off the grill. And if they give you lettuce for lettuce wraps, aim for making each wrap a two-bite affair, not an overstuffed burrito.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-ramen…

How to Eat Korean BBQ – Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 22 | YouTube

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Korean BBQ Meal

If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before where they bring you plate after plate of food and you cook it all yourself, it can be a bit intimidating. These tips will help you get an optimal dining experience and keep you from looking lost.

In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Jonathan Angelluci, the General Manager at Do Hwa, shares some tips on how to dine at a Korean BBQ joint in style. First, place the sliced onion on the grill plate and slide it around. This will spread the onion’s flavor all over and help keep the meat from sticking later. Now, start grilling your vegetables on the sides of the grill plate. They take the longest to cook, so it’s best to start them before you grill your meat. When it’s time for the meat, grill it all near the center of the grill plate for about two minutes on each side. While things are grilling, dive into your “ban-chan” or side dishes, and feel free to snag pieces of meat to eat right off the grill. And if they give you lettuce for lettuce wraps, aim for making each wrap a two-bite affair, not an overstuffed burrito.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-ramen…

How to Eat Korean BBQ – Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 22 | YouTube

Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Korean BBQ Meal

If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before where they bring you plate after plate of food and you cook it all yourself, it can be a bit intimidating. These tips will help you get an optimal dining experience and keep you from looking lost.

In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Jonathan Angelluci, the General Manager at Do Hwa, shares some tips on how to dine at a Korean BBQ joint in style. First, place the sliced onion on the grill plate and slide it around. This will spread the onion’s flavor all over and help keep the meat from sticking later. Now, start grilling your vegetables on the sides of the grill plate. They take the longest to cook, so it’s best to start them before you grill your meat. When it’s time for the meat, grill it all near the center of the grill plate for about two minutes on each side. While things are grilling, dive into your “ban-chan” or side dishes, and feel free to snag pieces of meat to eat right off the grill. And if they give you lettuce for lettuce wraps, aim for making each wrap a two-bite affair, not an overstuffed burrito.

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-ramen…

How to Eat Korean BBQ – Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 22 | YouTube