Low risk products that people swear by.

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      In 1857, Congress eliminated the half penny because it was worthless.

      At the time the buying power of the half penny was more than a penny, a nickel, a dime, and two more pennies. 18 cents was the value when Congress said it was not worth making the coin anymore.

      We could eliminate three of our coins without affecting the economy, but doing so would draw attention to inflation.

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        The dollar is metric, so we already have such a system. People often use kilodollars already, e.g. writing $2k instead of $2,000, but we could start using decadollars ($10) hectodollars ($100), too.

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          Good point.

          I guess I would be a decanaire then!

          … I’m so broke. Send me your leftovers.

  • Foam earplugs if you’re headed to a noisy area. I know too many people that have damaged their hearing by not protecting it at concerts and other venues with amplified sounds.

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      While having them as a backup is good. If you enjoy concerts I’d highly suggest spending the money on good earplugs that don’t distort the sound as much. They make the specifically for concert goers and they’re amazing. Putting in Regular earplugs is like listening to a 32kbps mp3.

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        If anyone’s looking for brand names… Loops have spent a lot on marketing the last few years. I’ve worn them a few times and they’re good, but I think Flare Earshades are just one level above. I can’t believe how good they sound.

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        Agreed. I have some that just turn the volume down and I keep them on my keychain. It also helps me a lot when there’s background noise to pick out conversation. After the first part of the pandemic, it seemed like everybody had been yelling on their zoom calls and it helped with that as well until either they adjusted back to IRL volume or I readjusted to it.

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      I pocket these whenever they’re available for free in places where I work. Recently downloaded a free app that measures decibels and was amazed.

      Hearing loss is different from other things they warn you about. Get something in my eye? Guess I’ll start wearing eye protection. Back hurts? Guess I’ll start lifting with my knees. Hearing loss is different. You won’t lose your hearing, you’ll lose the ability to understand what people are saying in a noisy environment, it hurts you socially. Having to say “huh?” repeatedly is embarrassing, it makes you withdraw.

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        I went to see King Gizzard recently, earplugs in pocket, and I suppose I never found a moment to stick them in, but I was stood near the front the whole time and I came away with absolutely none of the usual hearing damage. I don’t know how they did it, but what a great bunch of lads.

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          Sometimes if you get ALL the way in front, you are in front of the speakers so they are pointed away from you, and it’s not nearly as loud.

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            Well I take solace in the fact that I first assumed it was someone else’s doing.

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      I once forgot my ear protection while going to the club and had tinnitus for 2 days straight. Devinetively not worth it.

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      Hearing damage is part of the concert experience though. If you don’t leave with mild tinnitus did you really even go?

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        Yes.

        This is a dumb mindset that needs to be changed.

        After 20 years of concerts wearing my studio plugs I can still hear.

        My friends who thought it was dumb are now deaf as fuck and frankly their hearing loss is an annoying self inflicted wound.

        Wear hearing protection ya dingus, every time.

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          Actually I’m also the weird friend that uses hearing protection lol all my friends tell me that. I still have tinnitus and plenty of hearing damage from not doing that when I was younger though

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        A friend of mine told me he went to a concert that was “so loud it physically hurt his ears.” He thought I was looking at him like he had two heads because that was such a strange experience until I told him that voices at normal conversational volume often “physically hurts my ears.”

        He never knew why I was always asking him to lower his voice, he thought it was just a weird thing I did.

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        The same way you can wear warm clothes in freezing weather and still feel the cold, but at a level which won’t physically damage you.

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    Not sure if this is international, but sewing machine oil is cheap and it lasts years for all sorts of things that need lubrication (not for organisms)

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    i had a suoer cheap keyring that kept getting out of shape and poking my leg and dropping keys that i tolerated for years. finally i splurged and bought a thicker one for $1 and it totally solved the problem.

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    The spicy potato soft taco from taco bell

    Also the bean burrito

    If I want a cheap, quick dinner I’ll get a few of those in some combination

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    It’s a buck 25 now, but you can get two Inc brand R2 pens at dollar tree. They’re the only thing I’ve written with for nearly a decade now. They’re a smooth ballpoint with a slight bleed in 0.7 making your penmanship look bold, smooth, and steady. Everything my handwriting lacks. They now make a 0.5 and is equally as clean but far better for smallest script. One pen lasts me about 6 months of regular writing.

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      smooth ballpoint

      I bet they’re a “rollerball” pen rather than a ballpoint. Those move a lot more-readily than ballpoints, kinda glide.

      kagis

      Yeah.

      https://www.amazon.com/R-2-0-7-Roller-Ball-Pens/dp/B004B7RLWS

      They’re rollerball pens.

      Lots of different pen manufacturers make those. Sometimes you’ll see gel rollerball pens sold as “gel pens”. If you want an even smoother movement and can live with thicker lines, you can get a broader tip – those have even less resistance.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollerball_pen

      Roller ball pens or roll pens are pens which use ball point writing mechanisms with water-based liquid or gelled ink, as opposed to the oil-based viscous inks found in ballpoint pens. These less viscous inks, which tend to saturate more deeply and more widely into paper than other types of ink, give roller ball pens their distinctive writing qualities. The writing point is a tiny ball, usually 0.5 or 0.7 mm in diameter, that transfers the ink from the reservoir onto the paper as the pen moves.

      In comparison to ballpoint pens,

      • Rollerball pens have a unique ink flow system for an even, high-performance writing experience.

      • Less pressure needs to be applied to the pen to have it write cleanly. This permits holding the pen with less stress on the hand, saving energy and improving comfort. This can also translate to quicker writing speeds. This is especially true of liquid ink pens.

      • Their inks usually have a greater range of colors due to the wider choice of suitable water-soluble dyes and/or to the use of pigments.

      • They tend to write more clearly than ballpoint pens do.

      There are a number of disadvantages inherent to roller ball pens:

      • Roller ball pens with liquid-ink are more likely to “bleed” through the paper. Liquid ink is more readily absorbed into the paper due to its lower viscosity. This viscosity also causes problems when leaving the tip on the paper. The bleed-through effect is greatly increased as the ink is continually absorbed into the paper, creating a blotch. This does not affect gel-ink roller ball pens as much. This is one way through which the thickness of gel-ink gives it an advantage, in that it isn’t as prone to being absorbed. Though the bleed-through effect of a gel-ink roller ball is greater than that of a ballpoint, it is usually not too significant.

      • Roller ball pens generally run out of ink more quickly than ballpoints because roller balls use a greater amount of ink while writing. This is especially true of liquid-ink roller balls, due to gel ink having a low absorption rate as a result of its thickness. Neither lasts as long as a ballpoint.

      • Uncapped roller ball pens are more likely to leak ink when, for example, placed into a shirt pocket, but most pens include caps or other mechanisms to prevent this from happening.

      • A roller ball tip is more likely to clog and jam when writing over correction fluid that has not yet completely dried. This often renders the ink cartridge useless.

      The WP article doesn’t mention it, but rollerballs also don’t work well with carbon paper, as you don’t need to push hard enough to create an impression from the carbon paper the way you do with a ballpoint. But as long as that isn’t an issue for your application…shrug

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        I had a pen once that I could press on paper and wait to make a circle of ink. I never tought about how or what that was but your comment made me remember that.

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    I don’t know if they still exist. But there were these machines in casinos that took dollar bills, and always seem to pay out really well. 1 of paper equals 4 of coin everytime.

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    Starting this out:

    P51 Military Can Openers: I have several of these. I have one on a tiny magnet attached to my kitchen door should I ever need it. Works about as well as any other can opener. Easy to slip in a drawer, keychain, car, exct.

    Mason Jar plastic reusable lids: great for storage as well as meal prep. I have a lot of mason jars and these are awesome.

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      Can confirm. Just discovered them about a week ago and I’ll never go back to metal ones.

      Edit: will NEVER go back.

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      I like the plastic lids for fermenting food in mason jars, like sauerkraut. I find the metal ones tend to become really hard to open or corrode once the ferment has been going on for a while.

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        I used to have trouble opening jars.

        I went looking for one of those “jar openers” and someone in the Amazon reviews suggested a strap wrench. They were right. They are much better. Maybe a bit overkill for jar-opening, but better to be overkill than not enough.

        These gizmos are for putting a lot of torque on something large and round, like pipes. Hardware stores have 'em. There are several types: some have a metal strap, others a nylon strap, and others a rubber strap. For jars, you want a rubber strap.

        You can even get two, use one on the lid and the other on the jar.

        One random example (not the one I have):

        https://www.amazon.com/ACOSEA-Wrench-Diameter-Adjustable-Plumbing/dp/B0C9YF82ZL

        Note that (since this is a $1 discussion) these things are more than $1.

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    Watching the sun rise every once and a while is free. You could probably get a pen and a few sheets of paper to write or draw your experiences. By volume a daily vitamin is well below $1 per day and could have significant benefits if you’re not always eating healthy.

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      Well I can tell you I need B12, Iron, and Niacin. So I definitely do take those if I remember.

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        If you have a lawn to get rid of, sure. If you don’t have an area to grow a tree yourself, a tree donation still is a feasible alternative.

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    Cheap scissors for your car. You never know when you need to open something that would be difficult to do with your hands for whatever reason.