Be it on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram, you’ve probably seen hacks that have garnered millions of views. These videos compile tricks to help you in your everyday life, and while they’re not always practical, they’re still fun to watch because of how easily digestible they are. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have learned to do a number of hacks.
Some of them show useful stuff (separating egg yolks with water bottles) but some of them are ridiculous (adding salt to milk to keep it fresh). Some hacks are even downright dangerous, so YouTube channel How To Cook That is making it their mission to debunk these hacks with millions of views on YouTube.
These viral trends are usually food hacks, life hacks, or crafts. With upbeat music, a colorful background, and seemingly easy to follow instructions, these videos are so satisfying to watch — hence the millions of views. However, a lot of these videos are fake. They just use seamless editing to make it look like what they’re doing on screen works when in reality, they’re using entirely different ingredients or materials.
Ann Reardon, the person behind How To Cook That, not only explains why the hacks are ridiculous because she also tries to do them herself. You’ll see just how impossible the hacks you see online are once you check out her videos.
Some YouTube channels to be wary of include Blossom, 5-Minute Crafts, Troom Troom, and So Yummy. The visuals might be tempting to recreate, but not all of them will work. Perhaps they have the occasional useful hack or craft, but not all of them. YouTube channel How To Cook That has a whole playlist of debunking videos, and you can check that out to see more fake hacks.
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