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How To : Stop your car during sudden acceleration

With the recent recall of 3.8 million vehicles from Toyota for falty acceleration pedals or the "floor mat problem", it's important to know what to do if your car gets a mind of its own and starts accelerating out of control. If you own any of the recalled car models including ...more

How To : Stop sudden unintended acceleration by your Toyota

Popular Mechanics' Senior Auto Editor Mike Allen shows you how to safely stop your car if you become the victim of sudden unintended acceleration. DO • Brake. Brake once, don't pump or ride the brakes. This will only heat up the brake pads, potentially overheating them and ma ...more

How To : Trick Your Brain into Not Feeling Any Pain

Pain is, for the most part, unavoidable when you stub your toe, break your arm, or cut your finger open. It's instantaneous and, in some cases, long-lasting, but it only feels as bad as you want it to. Yes, that's right—that pain is all in your head. Now I'm not saying that p ...more

How To : 5 Natural Ways to Remove a Crick in Your Neck

A crick is a sudden, spasmodic pain and stiffness in the neck caused by tight muscles that can absolutely ruin your entire day. It can last for more than one day and can be triggered by the smallest movement of the neck, such as a simple pandiculation, aka a yawn-stretch. Alth ...more

Making Electromagnetic Weapons : Lasers, Part One

In this series on weaponized lasers, I'll be exploring the function, operation, strength and building instructions for three basic laser weapons; CO2, Diode, and Flashlamp. These laser types are just a few of many, selected because of their simplicity and basic construction (d ...more

News : Nexus 6P Battery Randomly Dying? It's Not Just You

The Google Nexus 6P, manufactured by Huawei and released a little more than a year ago, has been a well-received smartphone in general. It sports front-facing stereo speakers, an awesome camera, a massive screen, supports all US carriers, and doesn't allow the infamous Qualcom ...more

How To : Score Big with Simple 2-Letter Words in Scrabble

No matter what word game you're playing, whether it's Scrabble or one of its near-homogeneous counterparts like Lexulous, Wordfeud or Words with Friends, one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your opponent is knowing all of the legal two-letter words you can play. You're n ...more

How To : Shake Cream into Butter Like a Boss

Don't panic the next time you pull an empty tub of butter from the fridge. If you have some heavy whipping cream, save yourself a trip to the grocery store and just make your own. When heavy cream is shaken violently for a long enough duration, it turns to butter—and if you're ...more

How To : Make a quick-fix pantyhose alternator belt

You're driving down the road and all of a sudden SNAP—your alternator belt just snapped. You're losing power fast and need a quick fix, but there's no mechanic in sight. If you have a woman in the car, you may have a simple quick belt replacement—pantyhose. That's right, some ...more

How To : Treat a dislocated shoulder

A dislocated shoulder results when the head of the humerus pops out of the socket joint. This is not a gradual event, but rather a sudden even where the shoulder moves out of its normal location. Learn how to treat a dislocated shoulder and stay fit in this sports medicine how ...more

How To : Chest pop dance in pop n lock

Learn to chest pop with ease. Basic Chest Popping: To pop your chest, breathe and fill your lungs and rib cage with air while moving your hand up. This is a signature move of most popping legends. Popping involves sudden movement and stop famous in B Boy dancing.

How To : Check and add power steering fluid in your car

Running low on power steering fluid could put you in real danger, causing hard steering, a sudden loss of control to the car and fatal car crashes, but here's a way to steer clear of that situation. Watch this automotive video tutorial to see how to check and add power steeri ...more

How To : Make a Fake, Pirate-Worthy Gold Bar on the Cheap

I loved the Gold Rush unit back in third grade. We went up to the American River and panned for gold, and my panning skills balled above all. I got like three tiny pellets. Of course, it was all fool's gold, aka pyrite, but it was still pretty legit. And this was before wearin ...more

Change a Roadside Flat Tire : The Definitive Guide

Someday, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday, you'll find yourself on the road in your car, maybe on the highway, and you'll hear something. With your air conditioning on full blast and your stereo so loud your ears feel like they are bleeding, you normally would ...more

News : The Simpsons Family Gets Scrabbled!

My JO was watching The Simpsons on FOX the other day, like she wholeheartedly does every evening, and I joined her, much like I always do— though I must admit, I'm not as obsessed with the cartoon family as much as she is. Just like she isn't as obsessed with SCRABBLE as I am. ...more

BladeCraft : Bladerunner Recreated in Minecraft

Two wonderful, wonderful things converge! Minecraft Forum's rushone2009 introduces the Bladecraft Project, a melding of Blade Runner and Minecraft. The current texture pack and map downloads contain no adventure or goal, just exploring and discovering movie references. Downloa ...more

How To : You Don't Need a Stone Oven to Make Kickass Pizzas

Making pizza at home is fun and easy—until you get your creation into the oven. Then all of a sudden, your crust gets soggy and your toppings ooze off into one big mess. A home oven just can't cook a pizza the same way as a professional one built specifically for pizzas. But ...more

How To : Build a Fully-Automated Melon Farm

Firstly, let me say a few quick things: Once built, this is a lazy (one button) way to harvest melons, but this is going to be a complex and lengthy build. This is a skeletal build, so covering things like the wiring is at your own discretion. Some materials can be replaced b ...more

How To : Golden Milk Is the New Fall Superdrink

There was once a time when everyone scoffed at the turmeric tonic tea sold at the coffee shop I work at. Funny, because as of recently, we seem to be selling out. How can this be explained? Beyoncé must have been spotted buying turmeric beverages on the cover of some celebrity ...more

How To : Perform a backhand corner recovery in squash

Learning to "dig" squash shots out of the corners can be puzzling for beginners. This video shows you how to approach the ball, and how important it is to keep away from the walls when playing shots close to the wall and corner. Squash is a racquet sports game, seemingly sim ...more

News : Android 8.0 'Octopus' Could Be a Complete Misdirect

The fourth and final beta version of Android O just made its debut, and the biggest change is what appears to be a new code name. When you access Android 8.0's version number Easter egg, you'll be greeted by ... a cartoon octopus. Octopus starts with the letter "O," and Googl ...more

WTFotos of the Day : 10 Less Than Helpful Textbooks

Besides Wikipedia and teachers (in that order), textbooks are the go-to source of information during our school years. Today, we take a look at what happens when the people writing these voluminous tomes get attacked by a sudden bout of ennui. Forward Fellow Feeling Frisky I ...more

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