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It seems that tying bedsheets to create a rope is something reserved for cartoons or action movies. It’s a proven way to escape from buildings with multiple stories. Two inmates from a Chicago prison managed to escape their 17th floor cells a few days before Christmas 2012 by tying together bedsheets. Few years later, an Australian prisoner who was in a maximum-security prison used his bedsheets to climb exterior walls. If you think that this is a tactic reserved for desperate criminals, then think again. In August 2017, on a warm night in Virginia, a woman aged 78 escaped from the fires that engulfed her apartment. She did this by tying together her sheets.

If you want to escape from a burning building, or are a tourist who wants to get away from an inferno, then tying together bedsheets is the best way to create a rope. This is also a reason to buy quality sheets. Higher thread counts translate into higher tensile strengths, which results in a stronger rope.

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Podcast #1,001: Systems and Tools for Stealing Back Hours of Productivity

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Many businesses and individuals feel stretched and overwhelmed, and they don’t complete all of the tasks they need to. They often turn to finding a new application to use or hiring additional employees to help spread out the workload.

My guest says that if you use the tools and team you already have in a more effective way, you can reclaim hours of productivity.

Nick Sonnenberg, founder and CEO at Leverage (a consulting firm that helps teams improve efficiency), is also the author of the book Come Up for Air: A Guide for Teams to Stop Drowning In Work. Nick Sonnenberg explains on today’s show how people spend 60% of their work time thinking about work and why adding more staff can make things worse. He shares his “CPR Business Efficiency Framework” and how changing the way you communicate, plan and manage resources could save hours. We discuss how to manage your communication channels to avoid what Nick calls the “Scavenger Hunt,” a tool that is underutilized for managing your inbox. We also talk about how you can stop wasting hours on meetings and make small changes to save time. We also discuss how you can use some of these strategies to save time in your own life.

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How to Make Your Birthday or Private Party Unforgettable

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A birthday party or a private event is a very special occasion. It’s important to create lasting memories for your friends and family. If you want to make your event stand out, planning is key. Here are a few tips for making your private or birthday party stand out.

1. Select the Perfect Theme

A theme can add instant excitement and unity to your event. The theme will determine the decor, the attire and the activities. When choosing a theme, consider your own interests and those of your guests to make sure everyone is engaged and enthusiastic to participate.

If you are celebrating a birthday milestone or hosting a party with a skate theme, you can transform your venue by adding nostalgic decor like roller skates and neon lighting. The use of elements consistent with the theme you choose will create a unique and memorable environment that your guests will remember.

2. Personalize your Experience

Personal touches can make a party memorable. Consider how you can include elements that reflect the personality of your guest or their preferences, whether it’s in personalized invitations or party favors.

Consider hiring a private bartending service to enhance the experience. Professional bartenders will create cocktails that are tailored to your event theme, and serve guests with efficiency and style. It not only adds an air of sophistication, but it also allows you the freedom to enjoy your party and relax without worrying about the logistics.

3. Create a Unique Culinary Experience

Consider ways to make the menu of your party memorable. You can choose to serve a buffet or interactive food stations. The key is to provide a wide variety of tasty options to suit different tastes and diets. You could hire a chef for a multi-course dinner or a food cart to serve trendy street food.

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4. Plan Engaging Activities

You can keep your guests entertained by arranging activities that are in line with the theme of your party and cater to various interests. You can rent a skate park or a roller-skating rink for skate birthday parties. Consider hiring a live band or DJ to encourage your guests to dance.

Hire entertainment, such as a photo booth or a professional skateboarding show, if your budget allows it. This will impress your guests and make lasting memories. Allowing your guests to take part in the event will ensure that they feel included and engaged.

5. Choose a Unique Venue

Location is a key factor in creating the right atmosphere and overall experience for your event. Even though hosting your party at home is convenient and comfortable for you, choosing a unique location can elevate the event. Rent a garden, a ballroom or rustic barn depending on the theme and budget.

If you are planning a party with a skating theme, search for outdoor parks or local roller rinks that offer the opportunity to skate. Unique venues not only impress your guests, but they also provide a unique backdrop for your celebration.

6. Think about it

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Skill of the Week: Open a Can Without a Can Opener


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Remember the scene from The Road, where the boy and father find a perfectly stocked, untouched survival bunker? They happily gawk as they take crate after can of canned goods. It’s an oasis in otherwise desolate and apocalyptic terrain. The two open the cans using a can opener and prepare a meal of canned peaches and pears. “They licked their spoons, tipped their bowls and drunk the sweet syrup.”

What if the father and son didn’t find a can opener in their supplies? As long as they were aware of some other opening methods, it was not a problem.

Cans of food, despite their appearance, are actually made from a thin layer of aluminum. It’s easy to exploit the cans’ weakness using a variety tools. If you ever find yourself without a jar opener, here are three easy ways to open your food.

Ted Slampyak is the illustrator.

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