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The Late Movies: How to Iron a Shirt

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So you think you know how to iron a shirt? Take it from the YouTube experts, there's actually a lot of technique involved! And with just a few minutes, you can be ironing like the pros.

How to Iron a Shirt (STRICTLY MEN ONLY)

Michael Chartres is a one-man video advice columnist. Specifically, one drunk man. He describes himself thusly on his YouTube page:

About Me: Nearly 68 years old, retired, living in Staffordshire. Love spending time on my boat, NORSELA. Enjoy building model boats, railways and planes.

Chartres: "It is strictly men only, and ladies should cancel this video immediately and move on to another one."

If you like that, you might enjoy his video on how to use a saw (for ladies).

Esquire's Guide to Ironing a Shirt

In just two and a half minutes, Esquire teaches men how to iron a shirt -- in a manly manner. The announcer commands: "Be careful to sharpen any pleats! Repeat with the other sleeve."

How to Iron a Shirt Properly

"Man has always struggled against the odds to understand the complexities involved in ironing a shirt. He has also relied on the hands of his mother, but cursed age has removed him from the family home, and forced him to face the battle on his own."

The 3-Minute Technique

John Francomb: "Now, I'm passionate about shirts, and passionate about how they look, so ironing is really important to me." Why are so many of these ironing videos English? I'll tell you: because the rest of us are slobs who don't how to iron our shirts. That's why we have YouTube.

Francomb also has a useful video on how to pack for a short business trip -- he has a "foolproof way of packing" that has been refined over a lifetime. Part of it involves keeping the plastic shirt bags that your shirts originally came in -- oops.

How to Iron a Long-Sleeved Shirt

Good God, another English person telling us how to iron! At least this time the instructor is a lady.

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Watch How to Make a Compass
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Let's say the mega-earthquake comes and you're stranded with just some MacGyver-style bits and bobs. If you've got a magnet and a little knowledge, you can make a compass that reliably points north. Below, check out a vintage segment from Curiosity Show explaining how to do it—and a bit on the science of why compasses work.

In the clip below, presenter Deane Hutton shows three methods involving a mirror, cork, a pin, a drinking straw, and a circular magnet (in different combinations). There's something for everyone!

Incidentally, one of the key issues in making a compass is knowing which end of a magnet points north and which points south. One YouTuber asked how to determine this, if it's not already marked—as might be the case in a survival situation. Decades after the clip aired, Hutton chimed in via YouTube comments to answer:

Wait till the Sun is about to set. Stand with your right shoulder toward the setting Sun. You are now facing South. Suspend the magnet and let it swing freely. When the magnet stops swinging, the end pointing South is the South Pole of the magnet. Deane.

Science is cool. Anyway, enjoy:

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Watch How To Make a Self-Starting Siphon Using Bendy Straws
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In this vintage video segment from Curiosity Show, we learn about self-starting siphons. These things start a flow of water without the user having to squeeze a pump or suck on a tube, which is a distinct benefit.

In the segment, we also observe the limitations of self-starting siphons. Because the act of submersion starts the flow, we're limited to siphoning water out of very full vessels. But still, this could be useful for a home aquarium, which is one of a thousand scenarios in which you don't want to use a mouth-primed siphon.

The best part of the segment is when presenter Rob Morrison shows how to make your own self-starting siphon. File this under "Handy stuff you can do with bendy straws." Tune in and enjoy this simple physics demo:


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