How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of Coffee: And Other Techniques for Surviving the 9-to-5 Jungle

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More than just a modern survival guide, How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of Coffee gives you the means to make your life more interesting. Harnessing the laws of science, nature, and human behavior, author Matthew Cole revisits and humorously reinvents the little tricks and ingenious solutions developed in the past with an updated twist for the 21st century. In How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of ...
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Overview

More than just a modern survival guide, How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of Coffee gives you the means to make your life more interesting. Harnessing the laws of science, nature, and human behavior, author Matthew Cole revisits and humorously reinvents the little tricks and ingenious solutions developed in the past with an updated twist for the 21st century. In How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of Coffee, you'll learn:
  • How to cook a perfect steamed fish while running your dishwasher
  • Step-by-step instructions for getting to the front of a grocery store line.
  • How to screen phone calls using your microwave.
  • How far you (and your thumb) are from any object-by knowing this one magic number.
  • Why invoking Hannibal Lector will make you feel more powerful at the office.
  • Which Valentine's Day treat works as a deodorant in a pinch
  • How to light a fire with a soda can and chocolate bar
  • And finally, how to predict the weather with a cup of coffee. Take a cup of black coffee, drop a lump of sugar to the bottom of the cup, don't stir or disturb the coffee, watch the bubbles rise to the surface. Bubbles in the middle means fine weather, bubbles around the rim, rain or snow and bubbles all over the place, changeable weather.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781606522431
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Cole works as a television producer and author in the United Kingdom. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two children.
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Table of Contents

Preface 8

Introduction 12

1 The Indoor Bushman

Screening Calls with a Microwave 22

Microwave Safety Test with a Cell Phone 25

The Freezer Fights Back 26

Dishwasher Cooking 28

Vet Your Friends with a Pet 30

The Pet Lie Detector 31

The Weekend Bushman 33

How to Turn Your TV into a Cosmic Time Machine 34

Forecast Storms with a TV Set 37

The Truth about the Remote Control 38

Carpet Stealth 40

The Indoor Forager 42

The Ceiling Sundial 48

2 Travel With a Small "T"

Driving by Numbers 56

Cars: Bushman behind the Wheel 57

Finding Parked Cars the Native American Way 59

Why Men Love Giving Directions 63

Hey, Where's My Cell Phone? 64

Car-Engine Cooking 66

The Bushman at the Bus Stop/Commuting 74

The Gotham Solstice 82

Mailing Letters the Lazy Way 83

3 The Human Multi-Tool

Distance and Time-Adventures in 4-D 88

Pace Yourself 96

4 City adventures

How to Predict the Weather with a Cup of Coffee 106

The Special Forces Approach to Customer Complaints 109

The Mall of the Wild 112

The White Coffee Challenge 117

Toilet Wisdom 119

The ATM (and how to cut it) 120

The Secret Life of a Line 124

The Sidewalk Tango 132

Nit Jitsu 133

5 When Disaster Strikes

The Urban Fire Starting Kit 136

Starting a Fire with a Coke Can and a Chocolate Bar 138

How to Turn Your Pants into a Backpack 141

Emergency Coffee Device 142

The Newspaper Body Warmer 144

The Urban Robinson Crusoe Test 144

Break a Lock with a Sock 146

6 Workplace Strategy

In a Meeting 152

Go Undercover without Leaving Your Desk 155

Office Spycraft: Password Hacking 157

Office Warfare 159

The Office Trapper 164

The Boredom of the Business Traveler 169

7 Purely For Pleasure

Armchair Archaeology 182

The Sidewalk Gardener 183

Death to the Barbecue 184

Mussel Men 187

Navigating with City Bees 188

120: The Secret to Cell Phone Happiness 194

Things to Do in Starbucks 198

Three Things You Didn't Know about Starbucks 201

8 The Future

Epilogue 207

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