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  1. A Quick Primer on How to Properly Wash Your Hands, Because Apparently We All Need One

    A quick guide to make sure you're one of the 5% of people who does.

    Like many of you, we were shocked, disgusted, and disappointed to learn earlier this week that the percentage of people who properly wash their hands in public restrooms is a dismal 5%. Yes, just 1 in 20 people are doing that right. That disappointing number got us thinking -- there are four editors here at Geekosystem, and we all think we wash our hands properly. That means either A) there are 76 other people out there doing it wrong or B) some of us think we're washing our hands correctly, but really aren't. We're surely not the only ones faced with this grim thought, so we're taking a moment to offer this handy reminder on the right way to wash your hands.

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  2. How to Turn Your Smartphone Camera Into a Microscope With Just a Drop of Water

    Smartphone cameras are constantly getting better and better, all but putting the consumer camera market completely out of business. Considering the quality of the lens you're using heavily contributes to the quality of the camera, it's not surprising that there are plenty of awkward-looking, but effective smartphone camera lenses out there. But it doesn't always take an expensive lens to take a good picture. In fact, you can turn your smartphone's camera into a microscope using nothing but a drop of water.

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  3. How to Make Your Facebook Cover Look Extra Awesome

    Hey, remember those clever image combinations that particularly festidious Facebook users put in place during the last major overhaul to the social networking site? Well, because of Timeline, all of those are going to be completely messed up. Thankfully, the new enormous "cover" image at the top of the redesigned user pages has ample opportunities for image shenanigans. If you're keen to try something like you see above, check out the instructions after the break.

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  4. How To Make Rage Faces on Facebook Chat

    Simply type the above code that corresponds to the appropriate rage face into Facebook chat, and the image of the rage face you chose will appear, emoticon-like in its existence. Facebook didn't suddenly become hip to the Internet and add rage face emoticons (something from which Google Chat would greatly benefit), but the ability to add rage faces to Facebook chat is more of a hack than anything else, and something to which you can add.

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  5. The Best How-To Channel On YouTube, a Sampling of 11 Valuable Lessons

    One of the best, most practical things the Internet can do is provide you with instructions on how to do things that you don't know how to do. Things like how to write a cover letter, how to tie a tie, or how to make it in America (all common Google searches). But what about the billions upon billions of more mundane things? Things like how to open a door with a toaster, how to take a valve out of a shoe, or how to touch a wall with an apple? Well, the HowToDoAnythingTV channel on YouTube has you covered. It seems they are making a valiant effort to create how-to videos for all the things, starting with the most obscure. I applaud them for their public service.

    Head on past the break to become better at doing things.

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  6. How To Make New Gmail Look More Like Old Gmail In Two Clicks

    So, I bit the bullet today: I switched my Gmail over to the new look. I figured I'll have to do it sometime, and I might as well do it now, while I'm shaking up all my old habits with fancy labs. If you remember, sharebros were not too happy about the Google Reader redesign, and even more people are likely to be miffed by the Gmail one. According to Google it's "cleaner and more modern," which apparently means "has a lot of white space where useful information used to live." For the moment, you can stick with the old look, but there's also a display mechanism built in that looks a lot more like traditional Gmail without straight-up being the old format. It'll come in handy when they kill off the old one for good.

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  7. How to Get More Out of Google: Tips and Tricks for Conducting Online Research

    Though we live in a world where the name of a search engine became a regularly used verb, people aren't necessarily adept at using Google, especially when it comes to research. There is a lot more to combing the Internet than simply typing the name of the author you're researching into the Google search field, and even if you manage to find the exact information you were looking for, it may not be from a credible source. According to Hack College, in a recent study, 3 out of 4 students couldn't perform a "well-executed search" on Google, so they put together an infographic full of tips and strategies on how to effectively use the search engine you've probably not been using too effectively. After the break, of course.

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  8. How To Make Your Own Sad Keanu Cut-Outs

    Sometimes, when you're forced to live in a world that you know is just a computer program, and when you also know kung fu, you find yourself sad and lonely. Keanu Reaves knows this all too well. There was even an Internet holiday devoted to the task of cheering him up, but his sadness persists and continue to take many forms across the web. But maybe what he needs is some real-life, human company; namely, yours. And now, thanks to the wonderful people of Reddit, you can do your part in cheering up sad Keanu.

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